By Craig Scott

2nd Jan, 2020 | 6:30pm

'You would've been screaming' - Colin Murray and Ashton discuss controversy in Leeds v West Brom

Dean Ashton is not convinced that Leeds United should have been awarded a penalty in the first half of their draw at West Brom on New Years Day.

Luke Ayling’s cross hit the arm of Albion left-back Conor Townsend, leading to the Whites star arguing with referee Robert Jones.

However Ayling’s protests were to no avail and his side were not awarded a penalty which could have proven pivotal in the 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

EFL on Quest host Colin Murray has suggested that it could have been a spot-kick for Leeds but former England striker Ashton has backed the referee’s decision.

“There was a Leeds penalty shout in the first half, do we file this under ‘seen them given’? You would’ve been screaming either way,” said Murray on EFL on Quest on Wednesday night.

Ashton replied: “Of course you would. And it’s so difficult for the officials. His arm here is by his side, he does lean slightly towards the ball.

“His arm is still by his side and doesn’t extend outwards. But he leans towards the ball.

“I personally don’t think it’s a penalty.”

Townsend’s arm was by his side, but his elbow was definitely sticking out and it should have been a penalty for Leeds.

Ashton, as a former striker, should surely be trying to see the attacking team get the benefit here?

It was not the only time in the game when the referee’s performance was called into question so it is no surprise that it wasn’t given.

Leeds should have had a spot-kick in that game but then again, do we ever get many penalties?

In other Leeds United news, Ashton blasted one Leeds player for his display at West Brom.