Benitez focuses on Ritchie's victor and not referee Stroud

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez

Keith Stroud blundered when he awarded Burton an indirect free-kick rather than allow Newcastle to re-take a penalty in the Magpies' 1-0 win at St James' Park.

Regular widemen Yoan Gouffran and Matt Ritchie will be expected to provide the width, while Mohamed Diame will be hoping to add to his assist from the weekend.

I think nearly fifty thousand paying customers might have a different view and safe to say we surely won't be seeing any of these clowns at St James Park in the future. "At the moment I prefer to talk about the game". We need to move forward.

That result means Benitez's men re-gain their spot in first with those three points after rivals Brighton had replaced them there on Tuesday night following their victory over Birmingham City.

"It is important to trust the referees, and hopefully everything will be fine now until the end of the season and we have no bad decision about which we can complain".

Clough was still encouraged by his side's display.

"The fact that they have come out straight away and said there was a mistake, I think that speaks volumes for them". I don't know about that.

"I am pleased it wasn't the game-deciding issue".

The hosts did eventually get their advantage in the 68th minute when Ritchie neatly finished into the top corner.

That led to huge protests and utter mystery for the controversial decision that went against Newcastle.

"We have put a real good shift in, and we had our chances ourselves, we could've maybe nicked a goal as well". We had a great chance with Jackson Irvine's volley, a few others, we stayed in the game even at 1-0.

His super 68th-minute strike was enough as the Toon took a big step closer to promotion. "We battled as well as we did, [lost] only by the one goal, we shouldn't apportion blame".

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