A 2-2 draw is not what Newcastle really wanted last night against WBA, but at the end of the game Newcastle were well satisfied to have avoided defeat against a strong looking WBA side.
Roberto di Matteo – had WBA ready for the game last night
Newcastle are now three points clear of second-placed Nottingham Forest, with a game in hand, and six points in front of the Baggies, but the Toon have now lost 6 points in their last 3 league games with three successive draws.
A win and two defeats would have been as good in terms of points.
Unbeaten streaks don’t mean much these days, when you get 3 points for a win, and we need to start putting together a winning streak – soon.
Asked how the result left the title race, WBA manager di Matteo said last night:
“It’s a strange league, so I expect other teams to be in the mix as well – Swansea, Leicester, Cardiff.”
“I think Sheffield United will have something to say as well.”“You can see every week that any team can beat any team.”
“Newcastle, you see they have the edge over everybody else with the strong squad they have and the players they have in their team.”
“You look at their players and it’s Premier League all over, isn’t it?”
Di Matteo thought that his side had let two vital points slip away, as they still remain 6 points adrift of Newcastle, having played extremely well last night, and they gave Newcastle all they could handle.
di Matteo continued:
“If I reflect over the game, I think we deserved to win, to be honest.”“We had some good chances, and probably more chances than Newcastle as well.”
“We deserved to win this game. They went very close to losing their first game at home tonight.”
There’s few Newcastle fans last night who would disagree with that – and while we could have won the game at the death, Chris Hughton would be more than happy to have escaped a defeat, at home, against our promotion rivals.
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