I hope come the end of the season that our trip to Newcastle doesn’t come back to haunt us. Twice we took the lead and twice we cheaply let the Magpies level.
Don’t get me wrong, Newcastle have been one of the in-form sides since Project Restart so this will be a valuable point in our fight for survival but I just can’t help but wonder if this was an opportunity missed.
I think David Moyes’ comments after the game that we may have to fight to the last kick of the season to survive shows how important victory at St James’ Park could have been.
And it’s worth reminding you that we’ve now lost 24 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.Embed from Getty Images
We started the game brightly and were rewarded when Michail Antonio pounced on Jamaal Lascelles’ loose touch to open the scoring, but then we allowed the hosts to cheaply draw level after Miguel Almiron converted Emil Krafth’s low cross from close range.
We went in front for the second time when Tomas Soucek fired in from close range, but the Magpies equalised again just 92 seconds later through Jonjo Shelvey.
“I have to say the players are showing great fight and we’re going to go right to the end. This league could easily go right to the last game of the season – we understand that and we’re prepared for that if it has to be done. But we’re trying to make sure that we can do it as quickly as possible. We’re in a group of games where we think we have got chances of picking up points. If you turned it around and we had got a point against Chelsea and three against Newcastle today, I think people would have said it was a great return.”David Moyes
Substitute Andriy Yarmolenko – whose goal sealed victory over Chelsea on Wednesday – came closest to finding another late winner, but his stinging strike was well kept out by Martin Dubravka. We remain 16th in the table and move four points clear of the relegation zone after ending their run of seven consecutive away defeats in the top flight, while Newcastle stay 12th.
“The second goal, especially, was a disappointment because we have conceded within a minute of scoring. Newcastle are playing with an air of confidence and you have seen that in the results. First half, they made it hard for us, but we grew into the game. We are disappointed, but we are not completely upset we have come away from here with a point because it’s not a bad point. I cannot fault the players for what they have given and we probably had two or three chances to win it, but we take the point and move on.”David Moyes