Newcastle United were trailing early in Sunday's game against Manchester City after Edin Dzeko’s goal in the eighth minute. But the Toon played well, applying pressure and creating chances.
The fruits of their effort seemingly came a little past the half-hour mark when Cheick Tiote sent the ball crashing into the back of the net.
Tiote’s fantastic strike from 25-yards out - his first goal in 73 Premier League matches - was ruled offside by referee Mike Jones moments after it was already on the scoreboard. The decision caused a roar of confusion from the crowd and left Newcastle manager Alan Pardew lost for words.
We’re not sure as to what the referee thought was wrong with the goal but there are two main theories thus far. One, Yoan Gouffran (in an offside position when the ball flew past him into the back of the net) was in the way of Joe Hart’s possible dive for a save. But from the opposite angle of the referee’s assistant, it reveals that Hart was not obstructed by Gouffran.
The second theory is that the referee and his assistant believe that the ball somehow deflected off of Gouffran and into goal. If this were the case, it would have certainly been an offside decision. But the replay reveals Gouffran had no touch on the ball; he even turned away from it, trying his best to get out of the way.
It was a fabulous curling strike from 25 yards out in the 34th minute, no question about it. But this event does bring back the issue of adding more technology into officiating matches. The Premier League has already implemented goalline technology, does this occasion testify the need for instant replay on the pitch as well?
Also, Samir Nasri came off on a stretcher in the 79th minute to be replaced by former Newcastle man James Milner. The extent of his injury has yet to be determined. And the 90th minute goal from Negredo concluded the match 2-0, sending Manchester City to the top of the table with a one point lead over Chelsea FC.
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