Steve Bruce lamented the ‘ridiculous rules’ which denied Callum Wilson a goal after an intervention from VAR during the 1-1 draw against Liverpool.
Magpies midfielder Joe Willock came off the bench once again to grab a dramatic goal deep into stoppage time, as has done against West Ham and Tottenham.
An extra minute was added for a VAR decision which had ruled out Wilson’s goal during injury time and on-loan Arsenal man Willock took full advantage.
With the clock showing 93 minutes, Liverpool were looking good for a spot back in the top four when Wilson bundled the ball over the line only for VAR to rule the ricochet onto his elbow off goalkeeper Alisson Becker was handball.
Their reprieve was short-lived but long enough for another substitute, Willock, to drive home with the aid of a deflection off Fabinho.
Although the visitors did manage to grab a point, the decision to rule out Wilson’s goal clearly irked Bruce and he was not satisfied – despite snatching a point from the jaws of defeat.
“Look, we understand these rules,” he told talkSPORT. “But we’ve just brought down the Super League.
“Surely we don’t have to adhere to every rule by the law book. I mean, the VAR bringing in was supposed to improve the game.
“It wasn’t supposed to miss the clear and obvious goals which shouldn’t be allowed. Not look at every goal for a miniscule [infringement] to see if he is offside by the thinness of your shirt.
“It hits Callum on the elbow and it is nonsense and we have got to improve. If there are spectators in the ground, it spoils the whole occasion.”
Referee Andre Marriner was told by VAR to rule the goal out, a decision which Bruce labelled ‘ridiculous’.
“Gutted yeah, because he [Wilson] is the one who fought,” Bruce added. “He’s burst through and shown that bit of pace.
“We were all thinking, ‘goal’ when he gets through and for me, it should be a goal.
“Apart from these ridiculous rules which, unfortunately, we have to adhere to.”