'Not fit for purpose' - Newcastle United fans react to drama-filled defeat against Wolves

Controversy surrounded 10-man Newcastle United and Wolves after Matt Doherty netted a 94th-minute for the visitors at St James's Park.

Sunday, 9th December 2018, 8:16 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th December 2018, 8:25 pm
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First-half goals from Diogo Jota, who opened the scoring, and Ayoze Perez had the score tied at 1-1 before the controversy unfolded.

DeAndre Yedlin was shown a red card after bringing down Jota on the left-hand of the area for being the last man, however supporters believe Jamaal Lascelles was on the cover.

Then, Perez took a blow to the head by Willy Boly, with many believing the Wolves man should also have been sent off as well as a penalty awarded to the home side.

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That was the talk of social media on Sunday night, although captain Lascelles and boss Rafa Benitez received some unfamiliar criticism.

Here is just some the Newcastle fan reaction:

supertansscotty: "Fernandez, Schär are our best pairing CB simple. You can be passionate and a fans pleaser all you want. But Lascelles you ain’t good enough. #simples #Nufc"

1893ptw: "Yes it was an elbow, yes decisions went against. But we lost and unless we spend in Jan, we could go down if we don't bring a quality striker in. Takeover ain't happening, and even if it does, it won't go through that quick #nufc"

@DropDunkDonkey: Hard to play against Wolves and Mike Dean to be fair. 12 games and 5 red cards. Stats say it all

andymason86: "Can’t wait for all the not Rafa's fault tweets got his tactics awfully wrong again today lost 7/9 home games this season no manager should survive that"

@AndyStothardbmx: "if I made a mistake in my job that put others health at risk I'd be dismissed instantly. Elbow to Perez face & no action taken. Not only is the Referee’s reply to the incident incompetent it’s all out ignorant for the safety of another. #nufc"

@TheToonNetwork: "It’s baffling that Mike Dean sent Yedlin off with such conviction & without hesitation, but didn’t demonstrate similar with Boly. Given political climate about head injuries, surely it’s better to presume it’s genuine and stop game rather than assume Perez is feigning? #NUFC"

@matwheeler: "Worst game I’ve seen from Lascelles in a long time. Rondon/Atsu/Perez were superb. Can’t fault the effort but if Fernandez is on that pitch Wolves don’t score.Simple #Nufc"

@minty_9: "One of the referees main functions is to protect the players. Mike Dean completely failed in his duty by failing to deal with a player who clearly elbowed another player in the face. I think Perez got off likely with a bloody nose. Dean is not fit for purpose @premierleague #nufc"

@TBoultby: "It’s probably a red card for Yedlin in all fairness, we’d scream for it if the boot was on the other foot - but it’s criminal to not see the elbow on Perez, absolute stonewall #nufc"