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'I don't understand': Les Ferdinand says Leeds earned a penalty v Newcastle

Les Ferdinand believes Leeds United should have had a penalty against Newcastle United. The Friday night fixture ended 1-1 at St. James’s Park.

Both Leeds United and Newcastle United will feel they should have on the game. They shared 38 shots between them, after all – 21 for Leeds, 17 for Newcastle.

The opportunity for three points was there for each as their opponent struggled to find the net. Though, in truth, there weren’t many clear-cut chances.

Leeds’ opener came from a cross as Rodrigo allowed Raphinha’s whipped pass travel into the far corner. The equaliser came from some brilliant footwork on Allan Saint-Maxmimin’s part before firing a low shot into the net.

Both teams continued to get into decent areas but clear chances? Maybe two or three.

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But should Leeds have had a penalty? That would have been the best chance of the game but a first-half decision from Mike Dean didn’t go their way.

Daniel James – making his first start for the club – dribbled in the box but has blocked off by Joe Willock. The Newcastle man certainly didn’t play the ball.

And according to former Toon striker Les Ferdinand, Dean should have pointed to the spot.

Ferdinand saw Leeds penalty vs Newcastle

“Daniel James has the ball under his control,” explained Ferdinand to Premier League Productions. “Knocks the ball past him and Joe Willock just collides with him, steps across him.

“That’s a clear-cut foul. Anywhere else on the pitch, that’s a free kick. I don’t understand why it’s not a penalty.

“The more I look at it, the more convinced I am that it was a penalty. Though, I’m glad it wasn’t.”

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Owen Hargreaves backed Ferdinand’s point up before former referee Dermot Gallagher said it should have been given.

“Les sums it up,” said Gallagher. “The more you watch it, the more you’re convinced it’s a penalty.

“Not only does he trip him but he body-checks him as well.”

It sounds as though Leeds should have had a penalty here. It’s one of those where if James had been heading towards goal, we’re certain it would have been given.

Instead, his dribble took him outside of the box, though the challenge was clearly in. Leeds and James can feel a little hard done by here.

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