PNE's Gally says sorry for handball

Paul Gallagher handles on the line against NewcastlePaul Gallagher handles on the line against Newcastle
Paul Gallagher handles on the line against Newcastle
Paul Gallagher has apologised for his red card in Preston North End's defeat to Newcastle United at St James' Park.

The skipper dived to push away a 64th minute shot from Ayoze Perez on the line and was sent-off by referee Andrew Madley.

Matt Ritchie scored the resulting penalty to make it 3-1 on the night, with the Magpies going on to win 4-1 and clinch promotion to the Premier League.

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Gallagher tweeted: "Just want to apologise to everyone connected with PNE . I let everyone down . #pne #gutted."

The midfielder's two-handed save attracted plenty of attention on social media, both humorous and of a critical nature.

His red card will see him suspended for Saturday's final home game of the season against Rotherham United.

North End manager Simon Grayson said: "The red card was a reaction thing.

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"But it is something we are disappointed with because we have gone down to 10 men again.

"It happened at Leeds with Alex Baptiste getting sent-off and we have to be more disciplined in what we do.

"That was a key moment because at 2-1 we were still in the game but from then on it was more difficult."