Date: 18th December 2020 at 9:30am
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Lee Ryder has been speaking on a recent edition of the Everything is Black and White podcast about the Toon’s 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Leeds United.

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Starting with an easy one, what number does Wilson wear for Newcastle?

One of the topics that he spent a little bit of time on was the potential penalty that Newcastle could have had in the second half.

Jamal Lewis fired the ball into the feet of Callum Wilson, who looked to have been taken out from behind by Liam Cooper, but both the referee and VAR decided that there was nothing in the challenge, and play continued.

Leeds then went on to win comfortably, but Ryder doesn’t think that the penalty would have made much difference for the Toon.

He said: “I looked at it, and for me, it wasn’t a nailed-on one; I have seen them not given and we can’t really paper over the cracks for Newcastle because that [defeat] wasn’t down to them not getting the penalty.

“It might have changed the game temporarily, but Leeds just looked so strong and powerful going forward.

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TIF Thoughts on the penalty…

After the game, Steve Bruce was furious that his side were not awarded a penalty, and it did look like Cooper just took Wilson out.

However, considering Newcastle allowed Leeds to have 25 shots on their goal, we can see why Ryder doesn’t think that even if they had been awarded a penalty, it would have made much difference.

The Whites dominated Newcastle, and they are going to have to be better in their next league match against Fulham at St James’ Park.