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24th Apr 2017

Take a few seconds to appreciate the most blatant handball of the season…

A goalkeeper would've been proud...

Simon Lloyd

Newcastle United are heading back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Well done them.

As much as we’d love to write a little bit more about what a magnificent achievement this is and how well Rafa Benitez, his staff and players have done to seal promotion, this isn’t the focus of this article.

Instead, we’d like to concentrate on the not-so-subtle attempts of Preston’s Paul Gallagher to deny Newcastle a third goal with his hands.

Already leading 2-1 at this stage, Gallagher pulled off a quite magnificent reactionary save, pushing the ball away to his left. Unfortunately for him, he is not the goalkeeper (although maybe he should be).

As a result, he received a straight red for his troubles and Newcastle got themselves a penalty which was tucked away by Matt Richie.

Newcastle ended up adding another goal and the game finished 4-1 at full-time.

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