Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Goal Hero; THE WHISTLE BLOWER Now We Can Go Up Table

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Goal Hero; THE WHISTLE BLOWER Now We Can Go Up Table

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Byline: JEFF WINTER

TOMORROW we hope to see the debut of Afonso Alves and surely a bumper gate to witness the man who we pray is going to start turning the chances into goals.

A win against Fulham could also take us ahead of Newcastle and more importantly, I believe, create a big enough gap between ourselves and the bottom three to make us sleep a lot easier.

If we had not got at least a point at Newcastle last Sunday it would have been a travesty of justice as we battled and outplayed them for long periods of the game and in the end could have come home with all three points.

Having said that, if you look at the major talking points of the game then perhaps we were lucky to have got anything at all.

For the life of me I could not see anything wrong with Michael Owen's early "goal". The referee probably saw him jump with his arm but he then withdrew it, so made absolutely minimal contact.

Earlier this season Boro were in the habit of conceding early goals away from home and then never getting back into the game. However the side now shows tremendous fighting qualities and we may have come back anyway.

Had we gone 2-0 down that could have been curtains.

But the Newcastle goal that stood should not have happened. Luke Young won the ball and, sods law, from the free kick Owen made an excellent run to beat our defence and give them the lead.

While jumping in the air for delight at Huth's deserved equaliser though, I had one eye on the assistant referee as Dong Gook Lee should have been penalised for interfering with play.

Thank God the total confusion regarding this aspect of the offside law did not go against us on this occasion.

Aliadiere's goal being chalked out was correct. I am left scratching my head though with the problems the "active" role is playing in deciding offside decisions. …

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