A penalty was almost the difference between Newcastle United and Norwich City on Tuesday night.
The Magpies were given their first spot kick of the season last night when Billy Gilmour handled in the area.
After a lengthy VAR delay, referee Andy Madley pointed to the spot and gave Newcastle a chance to go ahead.
Callum Wilson duly obliged, although he was very nearly denied by the returning honorary Geordie Tim Krul.
Sadly for Eddie Howe’s side, they couldn’t hold on to their 1-0 lead, with Teemu Pukki smashing in an equaliser in the 79th minute.
It was a disappointing result, but it could have been a lot worse after Ciaran Clark saw red early on.
While Toon fans were furious with their defender, it was the Canaries support who were enraged later on in the half.
Norwich fans believed they should have got a penalty of their own in the 32nd minute.
Max Aarons delivered a ball into the box from the right, aiming for Christos Tzolis. The Greek midfielder aimed a header towards goal, only for it to clip the hand of Javi Manquillo who had tracked him all the way.
VAR did look at the incident, but decided it wasn’t enough for a penalty.
This infuriated Norwich fans, even more so after Newcastle got a penalty of their own for a handball in the box.
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Did Norwich have a case?
It’s easy to see their frustration. It’s the lack of consistency that is so annoying – we’ve fallen victim to that ourselves this season.
The penalty we got was definitely more blatant, with Gilmour’s hand in a completely unnatural position. The Manquillo one is less obvious, but we’ve seen them given amid the current handball rules.
If the roles were reversed, we’d be outraged that the penalty wasn’t given.
Fortunately for us, VAR was on our side. It’s a good job too, as going behind with only 10 men on the pitch would have been catastrophic. And defeat could have condemned us to relegation already.