JOHN Carver says he was left “raging” after Newcastle’s defeat to Manchester United.
Ashley Young’s 89th-minute goal gave Louis van Gaal’s side a 1-0 victory at St James’s Park last night.
But head coach Carver felt the scoreline would have been different had referee Anthony Taylor awarded an early penalty after Emmanuel Riviere was “blatantly” brought down by Chris Smalling.
Smalling crudely stopped Riviere, who had knocked the ball past him in the box.
The official’s sightline was partially blocked, but Stephen Child, his assistant, had a clear line of vision.
“It is very frustrating,” said Carver. “I’m so disappointed for the guys more than anybody else, because for 89 minutes, I thought we were outstanding.
“We don’t have the same ability as Manchester United – Manchester United have world-class players – but we have matched them for 89 minutes.
“We had a good shape to the team, we were difficult, we were starting to frustrate them – that’s why the manager had to revert to his bench – but to concede the goal the way we did is disappointing.
“But what is even more disappointing is the fact that in the first half, a blatant penalty not given.
“Anthony Taylor is a human being, he hasn’t given it.
“He sees it once, we see it time and time again, and I saw it at half-time about five times and it’s still a penalty.
“But he’s a human being, he’s made a mistake and I’m a bit frustrated with that.”
To add insult to injury, Young’s goal came from a disputed throw-in.
“I spoke to Jonas Gutierrez, who is as honest as the day comes, and I said ‘was it our throw-in?’ and he said ‘absolutely’,” said Carver.
“It came of their guy’s leg and went out for a throw-in
“They take a quick throw – we should have defended a lot better – and it ends up in the back of our net, so I am raging inside.”