Newcastle boss Eddie Howe slammed the referee following their loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

The Magpies felt they deserved a penalty when Jacob Murphy was bundled by Chalobah with the manager saying Chelsea goalscorer Kai Havertz should have been sent off for elbowing Dan Burn in the first half but all the decisions were overturned by the VAR.

“It could have been red but not going to shout from rooftops, but the penalty with the use of VAR I cannot understand that has not been given or the ref has not been asked to go to the monitor and review his decision.

“That makes a mockery of VAR. We are still in a relegation battle. I’m under no illusion we have to respond and we are looking forward to some big games ahead,” Howe said in his post-match interview.

On the performance, he added: “Overall it was a very good defensive performance, very strong tactically. Players were resilient to not give away too many chances and I can’t speak highly enough about our defensive display.

Newcastle head to Everton on Thursday night for a clash against the struggling Toffees who are leveled on points with 18th placed Watford.

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