WATCH: Paul Gallagher Produces A Save Manuel Neuer Would Be Proud Of

Newcastle United may have secured Premier League status last night, but an incredible save from Preston North End forward Paul Gallagher won the hearts of Twitter users around the country.

At 2-1 down, Preston were clinging on to the tie, but Gallagher's hilarious goal-line clearance with his hands gave us a clear indication of where this game was heading - downhill.

Gallagher was subsequently sent off for his 'heroics; and Newcastle striker Matt Richie bagged his 16th goal of the season from the penalty spot.

I want to know what was going through Paul's head when he took a page out of Manuel Neuer's book to produce THIS world class save:

In front of another sell-out crowd of 52,000 at St James' Park, goals from Ayoze Perez (x2), Christian Atsu, and Matt Ritchie secured a priceless win against Preston North End - as Rafael Benitez's side join Brighton & Hove Albion in the English top fligh

Despite fears that Benitez may have left following relegation last season, managing director Lee Charnley managed to persuade him to stay and the club have done what was expected.

That all-important place in the Premier League.

Here's Rafa's emotional post-match interview:

Newcastle took the lead in the 7th minute when Ayoze Perez netted after being virtually unmarked at the back post.

Preston equalised just seven minutes later when Jordan Hugill met a Tom Barkhuizen cross, but Christian Atsu soon put Benitez's side back ahead just before the half-time whistle.

Then second half goals from Perez and Matt Ritchie sealed the win.


Newcastle haven't exactly enjoyed a perfect season in the Championship - which includes five home defeats - but promotion has finally been sealed after a long campaign.

How the club will line up next season is anyone's guess, but arguably their stand out performers this season include Dwight Gayle, Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie.

And it seems Benitez will dive into the transfer window with plenty of ammunition.

According to Steve Bates from The Mirror, Newcastle are one of many clubs keen on Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose.


(Credit: PA Images)The Brazilian, who had a brief spell at Real Madrid in 2014, has scored 12 goals in all competitions for the Basque side this season, as well as chipping in with three assists.

His impressive form, which has helped Sociedad to sixth place in La Liga, has attracted interest from a number of clubs.

Premier League sides Watford, Southampton and Everton are said to be keeping tabs, with the latter having a representative watch the Brazilian in action against Atletico Madrid over a week ago.

He won't come on the cheap though, with a price tag of £27 million being quoted for the 25-year old.

That means that if Newcastle are back in the big time when the summer window rolls around and they want to sign him, they would have to pay a club record fee.

They previously paid £16 million to bring Michael Owen back to England from Real Madrid in 2005.


(Credit: PA Images)

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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