Robson's ref rage
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former England chief was angry with Gallagher for not awarding what appeared to be a certain penalty to his side when Craig Bellamy tumbled in the box following a challenge from Martin Djetou.
The Magpies took the lead through Alan Shearer, but the game turned following Andy Griffin`s second-half dismissal.
The full back received a second yellow card for a wild lunge, and Fulham went on to snatch a late victory, but Robson felt the former Stoke man was harshly treated.
He fumed: "At half-time, we felt well in control but in the end a horrendous non-decision on the penalty which you`ve got to give and then the sending off cost us the game.
"Sometimes games hinge on decisions like that. And today it did.
"It was a horrendous non-decision because we had to get that penalty.
"I was on my feet within seconds of the incident and if I could see it from the dug-out then surely the linesman could see it. We could have then led 2-0 at half-time and it would have been different.
"It was a major decision for the linesman, who was probably too scared to raise his flag, so he left it to the referee who bottled it.
"The sending-off was also a massive decision against us. Griffin made three tackles and was shown two yellow cards, although I did have a word with him at half-time and tell him not to get involved or lunge at Boa Morte but he felt he could win the ball.
"I saw some of their players clatter mine all afternoon and he gave nothing.
"The fact they had the extra man for the last half-an-hour did the damage, and Geordie boy Lee Clark scoring the winner will make his day I guess."
Newcastle will now be casting anxious glances over their shoulders, as the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton have closed in on them in third place following three successive defeats.
But Robson dismissed talk of panic setting in on Tyneside.
"They are important decisions when we are chasing a Champions League place," he added. "We are third, and provided we win all our remaining games we will be in the Champions League.
"There is no need to panic, we just have to stick together and get the results we need."