Newcastle United loan pair turn game around for West Brom as Martin O’Neill accuses Dwight Gayle of cheating
An eventful night for Dwight Gayle and Jacob Murphy at the Hawthorns.
West Brom hosted Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night and another Newcastle loan player, Jack Colback, lined up for the visitors.
The Baggies played with a front three, Jay Rodriguez the central striker and Gayle on the left & Murphy on the right.
However, a sixth minute own goal gave the visitors the lead and West Brom struggled to make an impact.
On 54 minutes though, it was Jacob Murphy making the first real impact since his deadline day loan move. Only his second start, a low shot was drilled past Pantilimon in the Forest goal.
This was only Murphy’s second league goal in 23 months, the only other one since his Norwich days being the excellent finish at Manchester City in January 2018.
However, only nine minutes later and Forest were back in front and West Brom once again struggling to threaten at the other end.
Just when the situation looked lost, 16 goal Dwight Gayle was fouled in the penalty area and a spot-kick given in the 89th minute.
Rodriguez did the rest to draw level on Championship goals with the Newcastle loan striker, a decent number of those having come courtesy of Gayle winning penalties.
However, after the final whistle, former Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill accused Dwight Gayle of cheating to win the penalty.
If it was shown that the Newcastle loan man dived with no contact, he could get a retrospective two game ban.
Another Newcastle angle to the game saw former striker Daryl Murphy come on as a late sub for Forest.
The 2-2 draw leaves West Brom four points adrift of automatic promotion and the same gap to those outside the play-offs, with 15 games left to play.
Martin O’Neill speaking to Birmingham Live and then their rating of Dwight Gayle and Jacob Murphy’s performances::
“I spoke to the referee, he said it if it was a mistake it was an honest one and I accept that.
“It certainly looked like a dive [by Dwight Gayle], I’ve seen it back twice from a rather long lens angle and not on TV but everyone I have spoken to says it was a dive.
“In this day and age, it’s very difficult for a referee, harder than it’s ever been.”
‘Wasteful with his crosses in the early stages. Steadily improved as the first half wore on and got off the mark shortly after half-time.’
‘Albion’s most deadly finisher hardly got a sniff in a wide position that looks increasingly questionable. Needs to be more involved. When he is, Albion are a lot more threatening.’
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