Alan Pardew blasts referee over Newcastle's double dismissals

Pardew angry after Magpies duo Shola Ameobi and Paul Dummett both saw red at Anfield.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew tonight blasted Phil Dowd after he sent off two players in their final day defeat at Liverpool.

Shola Ameobi was dismissed by the Staffordshire official after picking up a second booking for dissent while Paul Dummett was also given his marching order minutes after appearing as a substitute in the second half of the 2-1 reversal at Anfield for a rash challenge Luis Suarez.

Pardew believes Dowd's decision-making proved a pivotal factor in the tide turning against his side, having led at half-time thanks to a Martin Skrtel own-goal, and was particularly aggrieved by Ameobi's sending off in what could prove to be his last ever game for the Magpies.

"I know Shola. Shola doesn't swear and I saw the referee and said 'well how angry can he possibly get?'," he told his post-match press conference.

"I think what happened was he kind of said 'if you carry on I'll send you off' and maybe sarcastically Shola says 'well send me off', and he did. That's sort of the explanation Phil gave me. I think he should have managed that far better than that.

"It is disappointing for Shola because we assume it might be his last game and I think he was terrific in everything he did. It was a shame that that's happened to him, and if the ref had handled that better he'd have finished the game like he should have.

"It's very disappointing for him and for our fans because he's one of the finest players I've managed."

Reflecting on Dummett's straight red card for the Suarez challenge, Pardew added: "Brendan (Rodgers) said to me straight away 'It's just a booking' and I agreed with that because he''d just come on and the adrenaline was flowing.

"His right leg, which is not his natural leg, comes through and makes it look probably worse than it was. But it certainly wasn't a sending off and the referee should have managed that better."

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