Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Remains Unconvinced of Over-the-Line Claim

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Remains Unconvinced of Over-the-Line Claim

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Byline: LEE RYDER

ALAN PARDEW is still not convinced DJ Campbell's header crossed the line at Bloomfield Road.

The goal dragged Blackpool back into the game, but many fans in the Jimmy Armfield Stand stood silent until referee Stuart Atkinson pointed to the middle and ruled that Jose Enrique had failed to clear the ball.

Enrique was criticised by TV pundits for his poor positioning behind the line, but even though linesman Peter Kirkham flagged almost immediately, his view could have been restricted by the front post from his right-wing position.

And Pardew told the Chronicle: "I think you have to be beyond doubt if you are going to give that.

"For me, it wasn't beyond doubt.

"I've seen it four times and it didn't look in to me.

"The linesman was 30 or 40 metres away and it doesn't look in when I saw the replay.

"But on reflection the result was the right one."

However, United have now picked up two points in a week and moved on to 41 points to stay in ninth on goal difference. …

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