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Magpies right-back talks of the moment referee Lee Probert booked Manchester United striker for simulation after Mexican tumbled over in stoppage time at St James' Park

Newcastle United defender Danny Simpson admitted his heart was in his mouth when Lee Probert waved away a last gasp penalty in Monday’s clash with Manchester United, deciding instead to book Javier Hernandez for simulation.

The Magpies had their own penalty shout turned down mid-way through the second-half when Peter Lovenkrands tumbled in the box under a challenge from Anderson but home fans were forced into panic as the match appraoched full time when the official appeared to point to the spot as Simpson felled Hernandez in the area. 

Asked if his heart was in his mouth, Simpson told Sky Sports: “Yeah, it was yeah, Wazza [Wayne Rooney] had a joke before the game because he knows I used the be there, saying I’m a United fan and I should give them a penalty but I’m just glad the referee made the right decision and the lads have got a point after working so hard.

“Too be honest, I didn’t feel like I touched him [Javier Hernandez]. Maybe he went over too soft but I’ll have to have a look at the tapes but I’m just glad the referee gave it our way.

“I’m just glad that we got a point and the lads worked their socks off today and we’ve got to 40 points and that’s what we wanted after today.”

The Magpies created plenty of chances during the opening 45 minutes before consolidating in the second period to earn a point which pleased midfielder Cheike Tiote.

“I think for Newcastle it is a good result because everybody knows United is a big team. I think we played well today and I’m happy for the draw,” said 24-year-old Tiote.

The draw carried Alan Pardew’s men to the magical 40-point barrier which traditionally ensures safety, but in a season which has seen the league lower clubs excel, Tiote is sceptical about celebrating Premier League safety.

Asked if his side were now safe, Tiote said: “No I don’t think so because we have five games more and we need to take some points to be safe.”

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