It was very interesting to see Pardew and referee Probert leaving the Newcastle tunnel at the end of half time chatting away, sharing a joke and parting in fits of laughter. One can only guess what was being said. Perhaps Pardew said, "Just imagine Ferguson's face up there in the stands if, in time added on, you turned down a strong United claim for a penalty!"
Well, 92nd minute, Hernandez went over in the box under challenge from Simpson, and the Mexican was booked for diving. Simpson didn't get the ball, was challenging from behind and definitely caught Chiquitita. It was a penalty in my book.
And was that a wink that Probert gave to Pardew as he pulled out the yellow card? And was that Pardew on the touchline doubled up in laughter?
One thing's for sure, Fergie was not amused!