In the last 4 days and two home games, where 6 points was the target, Newcastle have now dropped 4 points and it’s hardly good enough, and for the first time in the league this season Newcastle also failed to score.
But Newcastle were a little unlucky in the second half in that that Bristol goalkeeper Basso made a fantastic double save just before the hour mark.
Then referee Graham Salisbury failed to give a penalty on 74 minutes, which was obvious to everybody in the stadium but him. What was he thinking?
Jamie McCombe slid into Marlon Harewood and toppled the big Newcastle striker – the City defender was nowhere near the ball and clearly caught the on loan striker.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was completely beside himself, and rightly so!
And on 59 minutes Brazilian goalkeeper Adriano Basso pulled off a fantastic double save to thwart Newcastle.
From Marlon Harewood’s center, Danny Guthrie smashed a shot on target from just six yards out, only for the Brazilian keeper to somehow repel that effort.
The loose ball was then worked back to Ryan Taylor who swung over a cross onto the head of Kevin Nolan eight yards from goal.
The Liverpudlian steered his header towards the bottom corner but again Basso leaped through the air to fingertip the ball clear. With those two unbelievable saves it looked once again that today was not to be Newcastle’s their day.
But we must work out how to break down these teams that come to Newcastle just wanting a result and we have lost a great opportunity these last 2 games to open up a gap at the top of the Championship.
To get promotion this season we must be able to beat mid-table teams like Bristol City (and QPR), and out failure to do so could come back to haunt us as this season progresses.
We drew 13 games last season, and they are not worth much these days, and certainly home draws against middle of the table sides in the Championship, will not see us promoted this season.
Two poor results following last week’s 4-0 away win at Ipswich, is just not good enough, and doubts are starting to come up about our ability to keep the good start to the season going.
To be fair to the players, the performance today was OK, especially in the second half, and we did hit the bar a total of 3 times, and with any luck at all we would have got the lone goal that would have given us all 3 points.
But we still have to be more ruthless and professional in getting the results that we need – and those are wins and all 3 points.
After all in the last 2 home games a win and a defeat would have given us more points than we got with two draws.
While it might be nice to say we are unbeaten, if they are just draws they mean so very little these days, as we saw last season.