Our Newcastle fans here in the Transfer Tavern are feeling very content today after their latest win but it wasn’t without drama to say the least.
The Magpies went into their game with Burton Albion last night knowing a win was needed to go back in front of Brighton in the Championship table and take control of top spot.
Indeed, they duly beat the Brewers at St. James’ Park, too, but not before Matt Ritchie saw his penalty inexplicably chalked off in favour of an indirect free-kick for the away side.
Confusion, naturally, reigned in light of Keith Stroud’s decision – one he has certainly got wrong – as, after he saw Dwight Gayle encroach during the spot-kick, he should have got the penalty to be retaken, because Ritchie scored.
Instead, though, the visitors were given the chance to clear their lines and the Magpies and Stroud alike can only be grateful it didn’t end up swaying the result.
Twitter, though, hasn’t let him get off lightly and so, with that in mind, here’s the best of what was said:
Keith Stroud jumps up out of his chair and applauds people who take the minus offer on The Chase.
— STBPVBN (@ssschtevvv) 5 April 2017
Keith Stroud is wandering around the pitch at #nufc asking why the players haven’t come out for the third half.
— Daniel Carey (@DanielPCarey) 5 April 2017
Justin Lockwood trolling referee Keith Stroud during the half-time entertainment tonight:
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) 5 April 2017
— Richard Swann (@SwannyBilic) 5 April 2017
— steve wraith (@stevewraith) 5 April 2017
BREAKING: Keith Stroud issues statement regarding penalty. He immediately retracts the statement and awards an indirect free kick to Burton.
— Gaz (@gr_1986) 5 April 2017
My only question about that Newcastle penalty incident is: What was Keith Stroud doing in charge of a Championship game to begin with?
— Benny (@BenzlWashington) 6 April 2017
— Nozza_ (@Nozza_) April 5, 2017
Thoughts, Newcastle fans? Let us know below!