A Burnley coach whistles at the same time as the referee in a 1-2 defeat to Newcastle at Turf Moor
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VIDEO: Ian Woan whistles at same time as the referee during Burnley v Newcastle

Illusory moment at Turf Moor.


There was an illusory moment during Burnley v Newcastle as the home side’s assistant manager Ian Woan whistled at the same time as referee Anthony Taylor.

Sean Dyche’s right-hand man was trying to draw Taylor’s attention to the fact that Jeff Hendrick was waiting to come on as a late substitute in the Monday night game at Turf Moor.

As he puts his fingers to his lips and whistles, the ref appears to simultaneously acknowledge the proposed change with three sharp peeps of his own.

It was the kind of televisual trickery that one might associate with Newcastle boss Rafael Benítez and his so-called ‘magic hand’.

Benítez’s Magpies won 2-1 on the night, racing into an early two-goal lead thanks to a Ben Mee own goal and Ciaran Clark’s strike.

Sam Vokes pulled one back before half-time, but Newcastle managed to hang on to record a third straight Premier League victory.

As a player for Nottingham Forest, Woan put a serious dent in Newcastle’s title ambitions with a late equaliser at the City Ground in May 1996.

It came just days after Kevin Keegan’s infamous “I will love it” rant, which became an enduring image of his side surrendering a twelve-point lead over Man Utd.