The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling pretty glum today. It’s been a very tough season for the Magpies, and their poor campaign continued last night against Man City. The Citizens continued their stunning start to the season by picking up another win against Rafa Benitez’s side, leaving the Magpies in a poor 15th place in the Premier League.
That being said, there were a few positives that Newcastle can take from the display. A few individual performances, such as that of Jamaal Lascelles, impressed our resident Magpies, and the resilience shown from Rafa Benitez’s side to hold the game to 1-0 certainly deserves credit.
However, one thing that doesn’t deserve credit is Dwight Gayle’s decision to go down in the box in search of a penalty. Replays showed that the forward was clearly looking for the referee to blow his whistle, with the challenge on him not enough to take him down.
Diving has become an increasingly frustrating thing to see in the Premier League, and it’s fair to say that fans were not very happy with Gayle. Indeed, the anger is even coming from the Newcastle faithful, with fans over on Twitter rightfully angry with their striker.
With one fan requesting that the Newcastle boss has a word with the striker, take a look at a few other responses below…
The thing I'm most unhappy about after this match is Gayle's dive. I can understand it, but I'll never agree with it. He was in a decent position to send a shot away, probably felt it was a simpler decision to take a dive. Never want to see it. We're not cheaters. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) December 27, 2017
Just take the shot.
— Chris D’Lauro (@CogNerd) December 27, 2017
Shocking. Stay on your feet and take the opportunity of scoring a completely undeserved goal!
— Joe Noble (@joenoble1989) December 27, 2017
C’mon….just shoot. I’d rather he shot and missed than try and cheat
— shockerhippy (@shockerhippy) December 27, 2017
Have a quiet word rafa ….
Disgusting from him
What a shame.
Dive rather then shoot, what a embarrassing
— Cuniceq (@OndrejCCerny) December 27, 2017
Gayle with d best chance n he decided to dive,useless
— Chuks (@chuks_andy) December 27, 2017
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