Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer in agreement with Jamie Carragher over controversial Nick Pope decision

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Former Premier League players Jamie Carragher and Alan Shearer offer their verdicts on Nick Pope’s non-red card against Wolves.

Alan Shearer felt Nick Pope had a “lucky escape” in Newcastle United’s victory over Wolves at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.

In the first half, and with the score at 0-0, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez latched onto Pope’s loose touch and appeared to be brought down by the Magpies goalkeeper inside the penalty area.

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Referee Andrew Madley waved away the appeals for a penalty before VAR agreed with the on-field decision, much to Wolves’ frustration.

Shearer felt Wolves should have been awarded a penalty. He said: “That’s a very lucky escape. Could, probably should, have been a pen after that mistake from Pope.”

Meanwhile, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believed Pope should have also been sent off for the incident. The ex-Burnley goalkeeper was red carded last month for handling outside the area in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool which caused him to miss the Carabao Cup final.

And Carragher was adamant Pope should have faced another sending off.

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“Nick Pope should’ve been sent off & Wolves awarded a penalty at Newcastle,” Carragher said.

“The directive from Howard Webb to try & stick with on field decisions as much as possible, was a mistake today. The referee was so far away there was no way he knew what had happened.

Jamie Carragher felt Nick Pope was lucky to avoid a red card on Sunday (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)Jamie Carragher felt Nick Pope was lucky to avoid a red card on Sunday (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)
Jamie Carragher felt Nick Pope was lucky to avoid a red card on Sunday (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

“It doesn’t matter who makes the decision, referee or VAR, as long as we get the right one more often than not.”

Newcastle picked up a much-needed 2-1 win in their bid for a Champions League spot as Alexander Isak opened the scoring before Miguel Almiron fired in the winner after Hwang Hee-chan had equalised for Wolves.

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