By Mark Smith

20th Sep, 2021 | 12:20pm

Dermot Gallagher: Leeds should have had penalty v Newcastle

Dermot Gallagher has insisted that Leeds United should have been given a penalty against Newcastle on Friday.

Dan James was clattered by Joe Willock in front of Mike Dean, who decided to ignore the calls and play on instead.

VAR didn’t review the decision, and Gallagher believes that the tolerance levels for reviews have been higher this season.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch this morning, Gallagher shared his verdict on the entire situation.

“I think Mike Dean thinks Dan James has run into Willock,” he said.

“I think maybe he’s too close and doesn’t have a clear view. I think it’s a foul and penalty – he puts the ball by, and there, Willock goes in and stops him. I think that’s as high on the tolerance level before the VAR reviews.”

Awful.

We still can’t believe this wasn’t given and could have been the difference between one and three points at St James’ Park.

Dean was in a perfect position and saw the collision perfectly.

How he could claim James ran into Willock is beyond us, as he gets a touch away from the Newcastle man before being felled.

Everyone who has seen the incident since has said it was a penalty, and with Leeds desperate for their first win, can count themselves cheated.

It doesn’t surprise us though, as Dean made it all about himself with numerous shocking calls all evening in the North East.

Gallagher agrees it was a penalty, although this verdict has come three days too late as we were forced to leave Newcastle with only one point.

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