Newcastle Utd’s Gouffran upset at ‘penalties’ in Swansea City defeat

Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran is challenged by Swansea's Alejandro Pozuelo

Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran is challenged by Swansea's Alejandro Pozuelo

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YOAN Gouffran is adamant he and Loic Remy were denied clearcut penalties at the Liberty Stadium.

Newcastle United were beaten 3-0 in last night’s Premier League game.

But Gouffran felt the result could have been different had Howard Webb flagged for a handball when Ben Davies handled a shot from Remy with Newcastle trailing 1-0.

And Webb also ignored an Ashley Williams push on Gouffran.

Jonjo Shelvey then broke upfield for Swansea’s all-important second goal, inadvertently scored by United’s Mathieu Debuchy.

Shelvey - who later appeared to aim a headbutt at Debuchy - netted a third eight minutes from time.

While Gouffran admitted Newcastle were not at their best before the break, he was aggrieved at the decisions that didn’t go United’s way in the second half.

“We’re very disappointed,” Gouffran said.

“We didn’t play very well in the first half, but the game changed with the decisions.

“I think it was a penalty from Loic. I think it was a penalty on me, because the guy pushed me when I touched the ball. From then it was difficult for us, and we lost.”

Meanwhile, Man United striker will miss Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford after picking up his fifth booking of the season in last night’s 1-0 defeat to Everton.

However, striker Robin van Persie is closing in a return from a groin injury, and could be involved.