Callum Wilson plays down Alexander Isak penalty feud in Leeds United clash

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Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak continue to push each other to be Newcastle United’s leading marksman

Newcastle United talisman Callum Wilson has insisted that words exchanged between himself and strike partner Alexander Isak at Elland Road were amicable.

The two Magpies forwards had been vying for the same starting berth for weeks, but against struggling Leeds United Eddie Howe made the decision to field both as his side continue their quest for Champions League football.

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Having conceded an early goal against the Whites, Newcastle were awarded a penalty 30 minutes into the fixture when Max Wober clattered into Isak. Picking up the ball, the Swede strolled over to penalty-taker Wilson, where the two were seen exchanging words.

Speaking on the BBC Sounds' Footballer's Football Podcast, host and West Ham United star Michail Antonio put it to Wilson that Isak had come over to argue he should have taken the spot kick since he won it, and that the duo had to get Howe involved.

Wilson laughed along at the comments but kept a cool head as he replied: "I'm the penalty taker, we won the penalty and he's just said good luck. He asked if I was taking it. I said, yeah of course. That was it.

Callum Wilson bagged a brace against Leeds United (Image: Getty Images)Callum Wilson bagged a brace against Leeds United (Image: Getty Images)
Callum Wilson bagged a brace against Leeds United (Image: Getty Images)

"I don't feel pressure. That kind of stuff wouldn't enter my mindset. The goalkeeper for the second pen was doing the most but I didn't see what he was doing until I watched the replay back. You're fully zoned out and focused.

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"You have to be, it's a big moment. I'll always pick two spots anyway before a game and that was it."

Wilson was also asked by presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams if the way in which captain Kieran Trippier took the ball and waited in front of Leeds goalkeeper Joel Robles was something rehearsed on the training pitch.

The Newcastle striker joked: "I say boy, go get the ball and wait on the spot for a minute. It's not even something that we've discussed, it's from experience probably and lets me get into the zone when it happens."

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