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Fans react to Paul Gallagher's hilarious save vs Newcastle

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Everyone fancies themselves as a goalkeeper, don't they? Even professional footballers think they can do a job between the sticks and we've been given several opportunities over the years to see who's got it in them to step up.

However, Preston North End skipper Paul Gallagher took it to another level this evening against Newcastle when his own sprawling dive earned him a red card.

The 32-year-old was a part of the Preston outfield squad to travel to St James' Park on Monday night to take on the Magpies to try and stop them from celebrating what would surely be a return to the top flight with three points in the bag.

Having gone a goal down early on thanks to Ayoze Perez, Preston fought back and got themselves on level terms when Jordan Hugil's shot slipped through the hands of the Newcastle goalkeeper.

They managed to keep the hosts quiet until the stroke of half time when Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu finished off a sweeping move to restore their lead.

Preston tried to squeeze their way back into the game but offered no real threat to the Magpies' goal, but clearly not one to be defeated Gallagher clearly felt that his side still had something left in the tank to equalise.

But with Newcastle attacking, he got back to do his defensive duties, only he went above and beyond the call of duty by producing a save any goalkeeper would be proud of.

As a deflected shot made its way towards the goal past the outstretched hand of the Preston 'keeper, Gallagher, placed on the line, did what his actual custodian couldn't by producing a fantastic two-handed save to claw the shot away.

Unfortunately for him, this didn't go unnoticed by the officials, who pulled play back for a penalty and the referee duly pulled out the red card to give him his marching orders, ensuring that he will now miss the rest of the season.

Scotland international Matt Ritchie stepped up to dispatch the penalty to spark wild celebrations from the crowd as their promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking was all but confirmed.

Newcastle weren't done there either as Ayoze Perez got his second of the game to make the score 4-1, and to guarantee that the visitors wouldn't be getting back into the game.

We're now eagerly awaiting the rumour mill to link Manchester City with a move for Gallagher as a replacement for Claudio Bravo!

Fans loved his heroics, though, and below are some of the reactions...

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