Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome has accused Rob Styles of 'poor refereeing' after he handed Newcastle a controversial penalty in Saturday's Premier League match at St James' Park.
The Birmingham City striker believes Styles got it wrong when he awarded a penalty against Mat Sadler when the visitors were leading 1-0 with less than ten minutes to go before half-time.
Although Newcastle went on to win 2-1 courtesy of Habib Beye's winner two minutes into injury time, City left the North-east with many positives after a second bright showing in two games.
Sadler clashed with Obafemi Martins in the middle of the 18-yard box and appeared to toe the ball away from the Magpies' striker only to see him trip over his out-stretched leg.
After a momentary delay Styles pointed to the spot to the amazement of Birmingham's players and despite the fact replays clearly showed the Blues left back had touched the ball first.
Martins picked himself up and beat Maik Taylor even though the goalkeeper touched his shot on to the post and the ball rolled back along the line before nestling in the opposite corner.
But while Taylor claimed the decision was so bizarre he couldn't even think which incident might have triggered it, the 21-year-old was angry rather than perplexed.
"It looked like he tripped over him. It was poor refereeing," Jerome said. "That is twice in two weeks it has gone against us," he added in reference to the spot-kick awarded against Johan Djourou at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
"We are disappointed with that. The referee should have a look at it and if he has made a mistake he should come out and admit it. That doesn't help us now but you'd like to see if he has made a mistake he should come out and admit it. Afterwards Mat said he kicked the ball away and the geezer tripped over him.
"I haven't seen it again but from where I was I didn't even understand what decision he had given. I heard the fans cheering, I thought they were just being sarcastic that the ball was on the halfway line."
Saturday's was just the latest incident that has hurt Birmingham's battle for Premier League survival.
Blues were adamant they should have had two penalties against Aston Villa, one at home to Portsmouth and then although they were awarded one by Phil Dowd at White Hart Lane they also conceded one.
However, Jerome had other reasons to be happy. His fifth goal of the season, after nine minutes, brought him level with Olivier Kapo as Birmingham's leading scorer.
It was his second in consecutive games and like the one at Spurs was another exemplary piece of finishing.
He latched on to Rafael Schmitz's through ball, pressurised David Rozehnal and was on hand to dribble coolly around Shay Given. Even opposite number Mark Viduka was impressed.
When it looked as though the Australian was actually remonstrating with Jerome at the start of the second period, he was actually praising the former Cardiff City man for the nature of his goal.
"He said 'Well done' and said 'It's a bit cold'. It was a bit of friendly banter," Jerome said. "He asked me if it was as cold in Birmingham so I said it never was but it rains a lot. He was being polite. He seems like a nice geezer so I wasn't going to ignore him."
Otherwise the afternoon did not go as Jerome hoped. He was not only angry at Styles, he was downcast at the manner of the hosts' winner - a near-post corner to which Beye was quickest to react.
"It was disappointing to concede the goal, particularly at that stage of the game," he said. "We battled hard, defended well, weathered the storm - did everything. In the half we looked a bit nervy and shaky.
They put us under tremendous pressure and would have been disappointed to go in at 1-1. But in the second we settled down and looked in control.
"We have got to learn from our mistakes and pick up the pieces. We lost our concentration in the last minute of the game, their guy lost his marker and got in front of another man."