Daryl Murphy says he had every right to challenge goalkeeper Danny Ward for the ball in Newcastle United's 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.
Murphy netted at the John Smith's Stadium last night after dispossessing Ward.
With Newcastle lead 1-0 through a disputed penalty, the striker had latched on to a ball forward from Jonjo Shelvey.
Ward attempted to gather the ball after Murphy took a touch.
But Murphy challenged him and was able to roll the ball through his legs to give the Championship leaders into a commanding lead.
Huddersfield manager David Wagner claimed Murphy had fouled Ward.
But Murphy said: “Huddersfield we not happy with my goal, but the ball was there to be won.
"I don't know what they are complaining about. I went for it and took it off the keeper.
"I was thinking of crossing it but the goal was open and I chanced my arm. Fortunately, it went in."
The strike was Murphy's fourth for the club.
“It is great that I am making an impact, but I always knew I would," said the 33-year-old.
"When I came, I realised it would be hard to get into the team. I just have to be ready when the gaffer calls on me.
"There is a lot of competition. It is tougher now Dwight (Gayle) is back. Every chance I get I have to take it."