Did this pitch invader cost Newcastle two points against Leeds?

The fan is led off the pitch
The fan is led off the pitch

Rafa Benitez refused to talk about the pitch invader who stopped play at St James's Park tonight.

But did the Leeds United fan who ran on to the pitch late in the game from the home end have an influence on the match?

Jamaal Lascelles

Jamaal Lascelles

Newcastle United were held to a 1-1 draw after Chris Wood scored a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser.

The goal cancelled out an earlier strike from Jamaal Lascelles and left Newcastle four points behind Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion.

Benitez was unhappy at the five minutes added on by referee Christopher Kavanagh.

But Newcastle's manager wouldn't be drawn on the pitch invader, who approached Robert Green and Pontus Jansson in injury time before being escorted off the pitch.

Wood scored three minutes later to claim a point for fourth-placed Leeds.

Asked about the incident, Benitez said: “I will not talk too much about that. I'm not very happy with things that were going on and that's it."

It took several stewards to escort the fan to an exit between the Gallowgate end and the East Stand.

As he was led away Newcastle supporters verbally abused the supporter, who had to be stopped from retaliating.

A video shared on social media appeared to show the pitch invader being led out through an angry crowd to a police van outside St James's Park after the match.