Following Cheick Tiote's outstanding strike and the contentious decision that followed, what did Newcastle fans make of it all?
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote is seemingly not one for scoring average goals. And in yesterday's match against Manchester City it appeared - for a moment at least - as if he had added another humdinger to his collection.
That was until referee Mike Jones ruled out the strike for offside, following discussions with an assistant who had not raised his flag when the initial strike flew past City 'keeper Joe Hart.
That there were three Newcastle players standing in "offside" positions was not in question. But none of them were interfering with play. In fact the three players who were impairing Hart's view of the ball all wore the blue of City.
The debate will rage on as to whether the goal should have stood. After all, the rule in question states that 'A player can be ruled offside, even if they do not touch the ball, if they "interfere with an opponent" by "preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent's line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball".
That all being said, yesterday's incident did not suggest that was the case. But we took to Twitter directly after the game - before the hours of replays and yards of editorial debate - to see what Magpies fans thought.
You can read a selection of the tweets below:
Just watched a video replay of Tiote's goal. No chance that's offside. The only players in Hart's line of sight are his own defenders!— Ashley Wilkinson (@WilkinsonAshley) January 12, 2014
@antanddec that Tioté disallowed goal is the worst decision I've seen in Newcastle, since PJ took his goggles off during paintball.— Deggsy™ (@Deggsytweets) January 12, 2014
The daft thing is in the next few weeks we can guarantee there'll be a goal like Tiote's given. No consistency in decision making by refs— Mark Carruthers (@MarkyC1982) January 12, 2014
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