John Carver ‘raging’ at referee’s penalty blunder in Newcastle’s defeat to Man United

ANGRY ... John Carver.
ANGRY ... John Carver.

JOHN Carver says he was left “raging” after Newcastle’s defeat to Manchester United.

Ashley Young’s 89th-minute goal gave Louis van Gaal’s side a 1-0 victory.

Anthony Taylor is a human being, he hasn’t given it. He sees it once, we see it time and time again, and I saw it at half-time about five times and it’s still a penalty.

John Carver

But head coach Carver felt the scoreline would have been different had referee Anthony Taylor awarded an early penalty after Emmanuel Riviere was “blatantly” brought down by Chris Smalling.

Smalling crudely stopped Riviere, who had knocked the ball past him in the box.

The Wythenshawe-based official’s sightline was partially blocked, but Stephen Child, his assistant, had a clear line of vision.

“It is very frustrating,” he said. “I’m so disappointed for the guys more than anybody else, because for 89 minutes, I thought we were outstanding.

“We don’t have the same ability as Manchester United – Manchester United have world-class players – but we have matched them for 89 minutes.

“We had a good shape to the team, we were difficult, we were starting to frustrate them – that’s why the manager had to revert to his bench – but to concede the goal the way we did is disappointing.

“But what is even more disappointing is the fact that in the first half, a blatant penalty not given.

“Anthony Taylor is a human being, he hasn’t given it.

“He sees it once, we see it time and time again, and I saw it at half-time about five times and it’s still a penalty.

“But he’s a human being. He’s made a mistake and I’m a bit frustrated with that.”

To add insult to injury, Young’s goal came from a disputed throw-in.

“I spoke to Jonas Gutierrez, who is as honest as the day comes, and I said ‘was it our throw-in?’ and he said ‘absolutely’,” said Carver.

“It came of their guy’s leg and went out for a throw-in

“They take a quick throw – we should have defended a lot better – and it ends up in the back of our net, so I am raging inside.”

Young’s goal came from a misdirected clearance from goalkeeper Tim Krul, who had pulled off a superb double save from Maroune Fellaini and Young.

But Carver felt that the goal was down to midfielder Mehdi Abeid, who had played a heavy pass across the six-yard box to Krul.

“It was very difficult,” said Carver. “He is standing about six yards away from a 100 miles per hour back-pass.

“Mehdi Abeid should have dealt with it better, and then it comes back to Tim and he can’t do anything.

“He’s under pressure, so I am going to out no blame on Tim.

“Tim was fantastic all night. It’s played to him from six yards, and I think any goalkeeper would find it difficult, the ball coming at that pace.”