Alan Shearer was left furious after Howard Webb disallowed a goal from Mark Viduka as Newcastle slumped to a disheartening defeat against Fulham.
Viduka headed in a second half corner from Danny Guthrie, but Webb chalked off the goal for a foul. Shearer felt that Webb might have been influenced by the scrutiny given to Steven Taylor’s equaliser against Middlesbrough on Monday night – a match for which the South Yorkshire official was the fourth official.
We are bitterly disappointed at the disallowed goal. I have seen it and I can’t see anything that’s wrong with it.
Probably what has happened is the goal on Monday night from Steven Taylor has been highlighted that much this week that one or two people have thought, ‘We might try to clamp down on that this weekend’.
You are allowed to put someone in front of the goalkeeper – I am not aware that you are meant to get out of the way of him. I thought their player was blocking him more than Kevin Nolan was, so I am disappointed with that.
I thought he got the big decision wrong today. When he looks at it, he might think that as well.