Troy Deeney has told TalkSPORT (Monday 21/12; 09:35) that Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson was lucky to get a penalty during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Fulham.
The Magpies were forced to come from behind against Scott Parker’s team after Matt Ritchie put through his own net in the first half.
Wilson appeared to go down under minimal contact but referee Graham Scott still pointed to the spot despite checking the pitchside monitor.
The decision saw Joachim Andersen sent off and Deeney has criticised Wilson for his part in Saturday’s incident.
He told TalkSPORT (Monday 21/12; 09:35): “It’s a tough one. Naturally, I am sitting here thinking it’s not a penalty. But with a player’s hat on you go down because VAR needs that.
“But, it’s a poor one. I would’ve backed Callum to score anyway so I don’t know why he has gone down.”
Wilson, 28 dusted himself down to fire home an equaliser for Newcastle at the weekend.
It was the striker’s eighth goal of the campaign and he looks like a decent summer addition by Steve Bruce.
Was Wilson lucky to win penalty?
It has to be said, he probably was.
In real-time, it looked a nailed-on spot-kick but replays showed that Wilson went down with relative ease.
Newcastle aren’t the first team to get a bit of luck with VAR, however.
They’ve been on the wrong end a few times this season and supporters will argue they deserved one back.
It will perhaps be the overall performance from Newcastle that disappointed some supporters.
Despite playing for around 30 minutes against ten-men, Bruce’s men couldn’t find a way to take all three points.
With the Christmas period set to throw up fixtures against Manchester City and Liverpool, this was a game where Newcastle needed all three points.
Wilson’s latest goal was perhaps a bright spark, however, and they’ll need him to be in clinical form over the festive period.