Kinnear in ref rant

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Furious Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear accused referee Martin Atkinson of costing his side at least a point as his side lost 2-1 at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy tucked home a 66th-minute penalty won by man-of-the-match Andy Johnson when he was felled by Fabricio Coloccini as he raced into the box. But Kinnear was livid at Atkinson's failure to spot what he viewed as a blatant push by Johnson on Claudio Cacapa in the build-up to the penalty.

"We finished the first half better and dominated the second. There was a blatant foul prior to the penalty, which the referee ignored," Kinnear said.

"We were camped in their half. Cacapa was on the ball and Johnson completely pushes him out the way, nicks the ball and gets the penalty.

"We've got the Mickey Mouse referee doing nothing. He's made an error that cost us.

"The same thing happened last week with a penalty against Man City.

"Later on it was proved it wasn't a penalty and we had a player sent off. That cost us points.

"It just doesn't stop but that's the standard of refereeing in this country.

"It happens week in, week out. There's always a smart answer like 'someone was obstructing my view'.

"You used to be able to have a bit of banter with referees and they'd put their hands up if they make mistakes. Now they hide."

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