Newcastle fans react on Twitter to Gallagher dismissal v Preston
By Matt Farr
Preston attacker Paul Gallagher was shown a straight red card in bizarre fashion during the 4-1 defeat to Newcastle on Monday – and fans on Twitter found the funny side.
The 32-year-old showcased his goalkeeping skills by throwing himself across the goal-line to deny Newcastle a clear goalscoring opportunity, and was sent-off for his deliberate handball by referee Andy Madley.
However, Newcastle fans on Twitter reacted in humorous fashion on Twitter, commending the Preston attacker for his superb reflex save.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Richard Cooper (@RichCoop1910) April 24, 2017
????????????fair play Gallagher #nufc
— Ger Fagan (@gerfagantoon1) April 24, 2017
What a save Gallagher haha #NUFC
— Graham Okeeffe (@corkgeordie) April 24, 2017
— NUFC Policing Team (@NPNUFC) April 24, 2017
— Andy (@andyedmeads) April 24, 2017
That Paul Gallagher save might be the funniest thing I've ever seen in a football match. #NUFC
— Roddy Graham (@MrRoddyGraham) April 24, 2017
Great save Gallagher #NUFC
— Anthony (@ANT1231993) April 24, 2017
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lol that's a cracking save from Gallagher ???????????? #NUFc
— Ben Carter (@benc777) April 24, 2017
Newcastle fans would not likely have reacted in such fashion had they gone on to lose the game, but the result instead sealed promotion back to the Premier League for Rafa Benitez’s side.
The pressure had been cranked up on Newcastle to cement the remaining automatic promotion spot following the shock 3-1 defeat to Ipswich last time out, with Brighton having already booked their place in the top flight.
But Newcastle gave a performance of the highest quality on their return to St. James’ Park on Monday night, running out comfortable 4-1 winners against Preston.
Goals from Ayoze Perez (two), Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie saw the home side cruise to victory, with Jordan Hugill netting in reply for the visitors.