ROBSON SET TO ESCAPE PUNISHMENT
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The game saw three penalties and three red cards and left both Robson and George Graham furious at the official, leading the former England coach to having a face-to-face confrontation with Bennett in the tunnel at half-time.
It was a similar outburst that has seen John Gregory and Arsene Wenger given touchline bans but Robson is set to escape any disciplinary action as Bennett has left the incident out of his match report.
"Obviously Mr Robson was frustrated and put his views across as we came off at half time," said Bennett. "But as far as I am concerned, there was nothing for me to object to."
Bennett dismissed Nolberto Solano and Kieron Dyer and also upset Graham by giving Neil Sullivan his marching orders, but the referee has defended his decisions.
"I can only call it as I see it and I was in a good position to see all the important incidents," said Bennett.
One of the players to take an early bath, Kieron Dyer, has moved quickly to admit he was wrong to swear at the referee's assistant, and realises that he needs to ensure that his temperament is not allowed to affect his career.
"I'm still young but I have got to learn," said Dyer. "If I keep repeating these things and if I keep getting sent off in the future, then something is clearly wrong.
"The manager has told me to learn from it. I can promise it won't happen again. I'm not worried at the moment and I'm not worried too much about what England managers might think.
Dyer does not have a particularly bad disciplinary record, Tuesday's dismissal was his first of the season, but he has had several incidents of the pitch that tested Robson's patience.
The 22-year-old is now keen to show the boss that he is growing up, he has moved out of Newcastle in an attempt to stay off the front of the newspapers, and is taking responsibility for his actions on the pitch.
"I stepped out of line and I swore at the linesman," added the former Ipswich star. "I realise that if you swear at the officials, then it warrants a straight red card.
"My frustrations boiled over but what makes me most disappointed is that the manager said if both sides had remained with even numbers, he believed we would have got at least a point from the game and possibly three.
"At the very least I cost Newcastle a draw and I have let down the manager, my team-mates and the fans. I have cost us dearly.
"I said sorry straightaway. I said it to the manager and I said it to each and every player. The players left on the pitch ran their socks off, they were dying for their shirts. I look at the efforts they put in and I feel terrible."
Dyer has also accepted that he will have to play as a striker until Newcastle recover form their injury crisis. He had been unhappy that he was not playing in midfield but now knows that he must play for the team.
"I have said all along that I prefer to play in midfield and earlier in the season I was played out of position and I was a bit upset," added Dyer. "But the manager called me in and told me it's not about individuals, it's a team game.
"He gave me the perfect advice and now I'll just do my bit for the club. We have a massive injury crisis and I'm happy to do a job for Newcastle."