“It is a total nonsense” – Newcastle boss reacts to 1-1 draw with Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has offered a very frank assessment after watching his side come away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a point.

The Magpies were awarded a 93rd-minute penalty out when after checking the pitchside monitor, referee Peter Bankes claimed that Spurs defender Eric Dier had handled in the area following a header from Andy Carroll,  a decision which saw Jose Mourinho storm out of the dugout and down the tunnel.

Bruce was full of sympathy for Tottenham and admitted that he can fully understand as to why the North Londoners would be upset with the decision.

The Newcastle boss also suggested that he and other Premier League manager should get together to show a united front to rid the game of such ridiculous decisions.

Spurs dominated the first half but were unable to add to Lucas Moura’s 25th-minute goal, which proved to be costly following the 1-1 draw.

Bruce told Sky Sports as quoted by the BBC’s live football blog at 16:22 (27/10): “I can understand why Spurs will go beserk and Roy Hodgson reacted like he did. It is a total nonsense, we should be jumping through hoops but I would be devastated if that was us. Maybe Roy is right, maybe we all need to get together. The decisions are ruining the spectacle. We have to get together as managers and say this must stop.

“If our goalkeeper didn’t play as well first half they would have been out of sight. Second half we were better and posed a bit of a threat. Our goalkeeper has got us a point and a decision that went our way.”

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