Newcastle fans have been reacting to Dwight Gayle’s penalty miss in the club’s friendly fixture against Belgian side, Royal Antwerp, on Saturday at the Pinatar Arena in Spain. The game was divided into three periods of 45 minutes and just minutes before the end of the final period, Dwight Gayle had a chance from 12 yards to secure a win but saw his spot-kick saved as the friendly ended as a stalemate at 1-1.
The Magpies propping our bar up weren’t exactly shocked to see that their number nine had spurned the chance to take a win over Antwerp in the friendly. Fans of the club won’t be too annoyed with the poacher though as the game was only a friendly. The Magpies will take ore of an interest at the end of the month when the club returns to Premier League action for the first time since the 3-0 demolition of Southampton at St James Park just over a week ago.
The Geordies are targetting Premier League survival in their first season since back in the top flight after winning the Championship last season. The club has more than enough firepower to keep themselves in the League and manager Rafa Benitez looks to have done enough to keep the Toon in the top flight. Newcastle sit four points clear of relegation with eight games left to play and require only another eight points to get to the magic 40-point mark that near enough guarantees Premier League survival.
Taking all of that into account, here’s the local Toons’ verdict on Gayle’s penalty miss:
— Adam Allinson (@AdamAllinson01) March 18, 2018
the lad just can’t score pens, somebody keep him off them please!
— peter nixon (@petern280) March 18, 2018
Surely we must have learnt by now that our strikers shouldn't be taking spot kicks? (Slimani aside, i've not seen him take a penalty)
— Andrew Neill (@andrewsneill) March 18, 2018
Probably straight at keeper.
— Burnsie NUFC (@BenArfaChance) 18 March 2018
— Toon Army Dallas (@toonarmydallas) March 18, 2018
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Why hasn’t Ritchie took it?
— Jonny Black (@wor_JB) March 18, 2018