ONSIDE: Newcastle United only have themselves to blame for late defeat

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FOOTBALL’S injustices usually have an uncanny tendency to even themselves out.

Take Newcastle United’s near neighbours along the A19, for instance, after Saturday’s clash with Fulham.

They are still whinging that they were shortchanged out of a second penalty in the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-2 draw after not one but two handball claims.

Yet I seem to remember that Carlos Cuellar scored the winner in the sides’ first encounter just moments after escaping punishment for a reckless challenge on Fulham’s Goran Petric.

Oddly enough any Sunderland fan I mention this too cannot remember November’s incident or that Petric was still receiving treatment on the touchline when an unmarked Cuellar headed home.

Not that they are the only supporters guilty of erasing dodgy decisions or displays from their subconscious when it suits them.

For all that Newcastle United battered Swansea for 30 minutes in the second half of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat, the Welsh side can argue that they were due some luck after outpassing the Magpies during last season’s 2-0 home reverse.

Luke Moore’s 85th-minute winner is also up there among the most comical Newcastle have conceded in my memory.

First of all Mathieu Debuchy should have prevented Wayne Routledge from turning on to his favourite right foot before crossing into the box.

But even then Moore was all alone with five crimson shirts – I’m sure that away strip is cursed – around him.

Without knowing who said what and in language when the ball came across then it is difficult to apportion blame completely.

Yet you cannot but think that if a John Anderson or Stuart Pearce of old had been in Davide Santon’s boots then the ball would have been launched towards Port Talbot.

As for the most comical goal Newcastle have conceded during my prison stretch watching them, nothing could match Paul Wilkinson receiving the ball in his own half with not a black and white defender in sight before trundling forward to score Middlesbrough’s winner on Boxing Day 1991.

Surely no team could ever make the same mistake twice?

So I’ll sign off before anyone mentions Matt Derbyshire’s winner for Blackburn in similar circumstances in 2008.

– GAVIN LEDWITH

@GLedwithHMail