Pardew Fumes As Lee Mason Drops A Clanger In Arsenal’s Favour

0 Posted by - August 16, 2015 - News

Alan Pardew felt that Francis Coquelin should have been given his marching orders by referee Lee Mason during Sunday afternoon’s game against Arsenal. 

After seeing the combative central midfielder carded for a foul in the opening 45 minutes, Pardew was frustrated by Mason’s refusal to dismiss him for two further infringements, suggesting that Arsene Wenger’s decision to take him out of the game highlighted the referee’s mistake. 

Speaking after the game, Pardew said:

“I had a chat with Lee in the tunnel and we agreed that he shouldn’t have been sent off – you don’t want that.

“I said that’s his last chance, he can’t afford too many other challenges, and he did one. Mason didn’t make the call, though.
“Our bench thought he should have gone. Their bench did too, so taking him off was a natural reaction. He should have been sent off.”

Whilst no one can be sure of how the game would have panned out had Coquelin left the field of play, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the Gunners losing a central midfielder for more than 45 minutes would have had an adverse effect on their chances of victory. 

As it was, Wenger was able to hook him off the pitch before Mason did pull out the red card, keeping 11 players on the pitch and maintaining a platform upon which the Reds could secure a much-needed three points at Selhurst Park. 

Of course, some will claim that it is simply a case of sour grapes from Pardew after a sixth home defeat in 11, but it must have been extremely frustrating to see a referee failing to dismiss a player who had seemingly already been given a final warning prior to his final offence. 

Just as the sun will always rise in the east and set in the west, the “bigger” clubs in the country will always seem to get the rub of the green when it comes to debatable decisions. You’d think we’d be used to it by now. 

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6 Comments

  • deejay1952 August 16, 2015 - 11:10 pm Reply

    Pity about all those chances missed. Still easy enough. Pity we cant play palace every week

  • trugun August 16, 2015 - 11:32 pm Reply

    Two things, one Pardew would have probably seen Coquelin sent off if he had not tried to prep the Ref at half time. Two Arsenal with ten men is a problem that very few teams have dealt with successfully in the past. As for bigger teams always getting the rub of the green, Coquelin aside, I wish.

    • admin August 17, 2015 - 3:56 pm Reply

      So, Coquelin stayed on as an act of revenge from Mason for Pardew having a word. Right…

  • mk August 17, 2015 - 2:16 am Reply

    ‘Final offence’ shouldn’t even have been called a foul so it would have been harsh to send him off for that.. could have sent him off in the first half though but then if refs did that consistently then arsenal would end up playing against 9 men each week.

    • admin August 17, 2015 - 7:06 am Reply

      Everyone other than your own manager has admitted he should have gone. Just be honest.

  • Richard C August 17, 2015 - 7:22 am Reply

    I think the only blame for our defeat lies at Pardews door. His selection was tactically naive with the back 4 looking incredibly exposed without Jedinak or Ledley in front of them. It was all too much to ask of McArthur on his own. Our strength is attacking at speed down the flanks, with a solid supporting midfield, so to see our two wide men go off as well was also disappointing. If he got his team selection wrong last week then he definitely got his tactics wrong this week. All my opinion however the 11 that finished the game did not look like a team capable of getting a result.

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