Callum Wilson ended his goal drought for Newcastle United in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City.
Captaining the Magpies in the absence of the suspended Jamaal Lascelles, the former Bournemouth striker gave a 10-man Newcastle side the lead in the 61st minute from the spot.
It may have took a long time for a decision to be made, but Billy Gilmour was adjudged by the video assistant referee to have blocked Federico Fernandez’s header with his arm.
With former Toon goalkeeper Tim Krul doing his best to put Wilson off, Newcastle’s number nine would have been relieved to see his penalty hit the back of net, despite the Dutchman getting a strong hand to it.
After Ciaran Clark’s red card in the ninth minute, which Alan Shearer branded as ‘madness’, Newcastle had 30 minutes to hold out and secure a priceless first Premier League win of the season.
But in the 79th minute Teemu Pukki smashed home a left-footed volley past Martin Dubravka, who failed to collect a cross in the build-up.
Pierre Lees-Melou had a great chance to snatch the three points for the Canaries in injury time, following an error from Fabian Schar, but Dubravka atoned for his previous error with a crucial save.
Wilson has today posted on Instagram, giving his thoughts on last night’s encounter and the need for the team to ‘go again Saturday’.
He wrote: “Frustrating game last night but under the circumstances we have to take the positives. Rest up and go again Saturday! On a personal note, honoured to have been captain for this incredible football club.”
Eddie Howe’s night was not made any easier by the fact that Leeds netted a later winner against Crystal Palace to move them eight points clear of Newcastle.
Howe welcomes his former club Burnley to Tyneside on Saturday, in what is a must-win clash.
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