Originally posted on Morning Pickup  |  Last updated 1/12/14
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Down with Mike Jones! At least I’m sure that’s what the Newcastle supporters are chanting. In a game that saw more controversy than goals, Manchester City escape St. James Park with a 2-0 win and 3 more points. Edin Dzeko opened the scoring in the 8th minute of the match, sliding in a close-range shot off an Aleksandar Kolarov assist. The Magpies took over the rest of the first half, attacking on all cylinders when the controversy came. After a corner kick was delivered in the 34th minute for Newcastle, the ball headed out of the box and towards Cheick Tiote, who blasted a rocket into the back of the net. Tiote scampered towards the Newcastle bench celebrating, only to turn around and see referee Jones point to the box for a free kick. Boos erupted through St. James Park, rightfully so. Replays suggest that the goal was good. FA rules mandate that if a player of the opposing team touches the ball on an offside position or interferes with a goalkeepers vision during a strike will disallow any advantage. Yoan Gouffran was the “player” in an offside position and the subject to what the linesman considered blocking the goalie. Offside, yes. Blocking the goalie, no. At halftime, Alan Pardew, Newcastle United’s boss, waited for Jones to come off the pitch and then started shouting, “The linesman was right. You were wrong” as the headed into the tunnel. There was a shouting match prior to the halftime whistle between Pardew and City boss, Manuel Pellegrini. Pardew was caught on camera calling Pelligrini a “F*** old C***.” Second half, built with more intensity, saw both sides come close to scoring chances. Alvero Negredo sliced home the the nail in the coffin after going one-on-one with Tim Krul, who saved Negredo’s first attempt, but Negredo took the rebound off the chest past Krul and was left with a wide open net. And yes, he directed it in with his left foot. City lost both Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri in the second half to injuries, one which saw Nasri stretchered off. Pellegrini said after the game that the injury to the French-international was very serious and was fuming that no red card was given for the challenge. “It should have been a red card for the tackle by Yanga-Mbiwa on Samir Nasri.  A direct red card.” After the match, Pardew shared his displeasure with the goal changing call. “Not thrilled with the ref’s answer,” said the manager. “Don’t get how he can disallow a goal of that quality on technical point he’s using.” A game of controversy, all around. For City, they walk away with 3 points, 2 injuries, and 1st place. Joe Hart walks away with a cleansheet, well it would be unfair to say a sole clean sheet. More of a combined effort by Hart, City defenders and Mike Jones.     The post Loony Toon-type controversy at St. James Park appeared first on Morning Pickup.
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