Had it not been for Allan Saint-Maximin, Newcastle likely would have tasted defeat against Burnley.

And if the Magpies had left Lancashire without at least a point, they would be bemoaning a huge penalty call that didn’t go their way just before half time.

Newcastle had fallen behind after some poor defending allowed Matej Vydra to score the opener.

But they missed a big chance to equalise, with Dwight Gayle’s near post effort in the 38th minute brilliantly saved by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

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However, in the aftermath of the chance, Newcastle were denied a clear penalty.

Peacock-Farrell’s save looped into the air, as James Tarkowski and Sean Longstaff challenged for the ball.

The Burnley defender went with his foot, while Longstaff used his head.


Anywhere else on the pitch and a free kick would have been given. It was clearly a high boot from Tarkowski. Longstaff didn’t duck his head down.

Anthony Taylor saw things differently though, while VAR failed to overturn the decision.

The PGMOL claimed the reason a penalty wasn’t given was that Tarkowski cleared the ball then Longstaff stooped down, but that clearly wasn’t the case.

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Fortunately it didn’t cost Newcastle in the end. The brilliance of Saint-Maximin won us three vital points in our quest to avoid relegation.

But had things gone differently, Newcastle fans would be furious right now at another shocking refereeing decision in the Premier League.

Some Burnley fans strangely disagreed though, and felt the referee made the right call. I wonder how they would feel if the shoe was on the other foot…

High foot? No problem for some Burnley fans

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