Newcastle's Dwight Gayle has his say on the Keith Stroud penalty fiasco – and claims the referee got ONE decision spot on last night

Referee Keith Stroud waves away the protests of Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles.
Referee Keith Stroud waves away the protests of Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles.

Striker Dwight Gayle has given his take on the penalty fiasco that overshadowed Newcastle's 1-0 win over Burton.

Gayle was at the centre of a storm last night as referee Keith Stroud supposedly told other players that it was a foul by United's top-scorer which led to him ruling out Matt Ritchie's perfectly legitimate penalty in the opening 45.

But, in a remarkable statement, just minutes after the final whistle, Stroud admitted he'd got the call wrong via the Professional Game Match Officials Limited.

And Gayle has explained his take on the 'goal that wasn't'.

When asked about the call, the £10million man, said: "Several things have been said about a foul, or encroaching and getting in the box too early or something.

"I've never seen it before but it's just one of those things and it's lucky that we got the win in the end really.

"Those three points are the most important thing."

It was in fact Gayle who was clipped for the award of the spotkick, with Stroud's linesman spotting the foul.

The frontman is in absolutely no doubt Stroud got that call RIGHT.

"It was definitely a penalty," he said.

"I got in front of the guy and he's clipped me, so I've gone down and the penalty has been given.

"I don't think the penalty has got that wrong but that second bit I think it was a mistake.

"It was important that we moved on from it and got the win."

The penalty call has overshadowed the fact United's victory saw them return back to the top of the Championship, and maintain their 10-point lead over third-placed Huddersfield Town - a lead that looks almost insurmountable, even with the Terriers having seven games left to the Magpies six.

The significance of the three points was not lost on Gayle, though.

"Of course it's very frustrating and it's the talking point at the end of the game," he said.

"But I thought we played well and we didn't really give Burton too much of a chance.

"It's important to remember all the good things in the game and hopefully we can push on and prove ourselves again on Saturday."