Carrick won't dwell on draw
Michael Carrick believes Manchester United were unlucky not to be awarded a late penalty against Newcastle on Tuesday night but has urged his team-mates to move on from the goalless stalemate and focus on the next game.
The Red Devils had been looking to take a significant step towards reclaiming the Premier League title at St James' Park but were frustrated by a spirited performance from the hosts.
It looked like United might snatch a last-gasp victory when Javier Hernandez went down in the area following a Danny Simpson challenge, but referee Lee Probert waved away appeals for a spot-kick and instead booked the Mexican for diving.
Carrick admits it was disappointing to come away with a draw after viewing replays of the incident that he believes suggest Probert made a mistake.
"I thought it was a penalty. I've (since) seen an angle on the TV and there is contact there," Carrick told MUTV.
"I was screaming for a penalty and I thought it was [going to be] another late goal for us. Obviously it's disappointing it wasn't given."
The result left United seven points clear of nearest rivals Arsenal, who face Tottenham on Wednesday, and Carrick is now looking to return to winning ways against Everton at Old Trafford this weekend.
"We thought we played well enough in the second half to score a goal at least. Giggsy had a chance or two and Chicha had the penalty shout," reflected the midfielder.
"We came here to win the game so we're obviously disappointed. At the moment the draw feels more like two points dropped [than one gained]. But we'll have to take it and move on.
"We're still in a good position and Saturday's game will be another big one for us."
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And Spurs did do us a favour - what a game! Chelsea are 2nd now, though.- Abner
With all the possession and the 21 shots we still only made two good goal scoring chances Hernandez first half which was a great save and Giggs second which was a sitter. It was one of those games you just knew we weren't going to get a goal the midfield was really poor. I thought Hernandez made the most of it at the end for the penalty shout, Simpson did put his leg out but Hernandez dived over it their claim was a much clearer call i thought that was a definite penalty. 2 big points dropped hopefully Spurs can do us a favour against Arsenal.- Munsterman
I'd say it evens out the decision that went our way at the other end when there was minimal contact by Anderson on Lovenkrands - both had similar amount of contact. But, yes, ridiculous decision to book Hernandez, when it was so clear that all he was trying to do was get away from the tackle! One of those days.- Abner
My only prediction: there will be lots of goals.- fenwar
Poor away form this season for us, but needless to say, 3 points here are absolutely necessary. Will put us 9 points ahead of Arsenal, with their game in hand being against Tottenham away - always a tough game for them.- Abner
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