Written by Joe Bailey
With second place Brighton and Hove Albion losing their game 30 minutes prior to kick off, it is a make or break situation for the magpies and the whites with both of the teams in contention for automatic promotion this year with the Toon sitting in 1st place with 73 points in 34 games and the whites just outside of the automatic promotion positions in 3rd place with 65 points in 33 games leaving them with an extra game to play over the magpies and Albion. A historic record setting attendance for John Smith’s stadium at 23,213 due to the league leaders being the visitors at the stadium.
Both teams had a very lively start to the game with the whites just getting the edge in terms of chances. The first major chance of the game was a penalty in the 8th minute due to Matt Ritchie being taken down in the penalty area with a very small time period of the game having been played. Before you know it, Ritchie had struck a power penalty down the middle to give the league leaders the upper hand within the first 10 minutes of play. Shortly after, Daryl Murphy doubled the magpies lead with an angled strike to precision giving Huddersfield a lot to think about and the whites definitely needed this as a wake up call to them. The Huddersfield goalkeeper Danny Ward claimed to have had the ball in two hands and that it was kicked out of his hands. This was a major controversial decision which in my opinion was the right decision made by the referee because with camera evidence it appears that it was only in one of his hands.
In the 72nd minute of play a penalty was awarded to the whites and was shortly put to rest with the penalty being converted by Aaron Mooy in the 72nd minute to give the whites a fighting chance and still very much in contention for the 3 points. The star man of Newcastle United’s season Dwight Gayle really shone through with his first game back from hamstring injury getting a goal to his name in stoppage time securing the magpies win over the whites. This extends the magpies lead in the league over Huddersfield to 11 points.