Newcastle were happy to take a point from the Riverside this afternoon after being outplayed by the Middlesbrough side in the second half.
Peter Lovenkrands – after scoring first goal this afternoon
Newcastle took the lead on 16 minutes through Peter Lovenkrands, but Middlesbrough were level on 36 minutes through former Newcastle target Barry Robson.
Middlesbrough then took control of the game in the second half and went ahead through Scott McDonald on 74 minutes, only for Newcastle to fight back, not for the first time this season, and finally get the equalizer on 82 minutes through striker Andy Carroll.
Newcastle manager Hughton seemed quite happy with the point as he talked about Andy Carroll after the game:
“What you saw in Andy today was a player who is in good goalscoring form.”
“By our admission and his own, it wasn’t one of his better games today and the chance he had was very much a half-chance.”
“But this is a lad who is in good goalscoring form and when you are in that type of form, they are the type of goals you score.”
Not surprisingly the Teesiders boss Gordon Strachan thought his side should not only have won, but should have been awarded a penalty after just 2 minutes when Coloccini tackled McDonald with a badly times tackle.
But TV replays suggested that McDonald went down far too easily.
“We should have had a penalty in the first two minutes, and the referee just to make it up, allowed us to get away with a free-kick 30 seconds after it.”
“If you are going to make a decision, referee, don’t try to even it up. It’s not right, we don’t want that.”
“Be brave and stand by your decisions.”
It’s interesting how the different managers see things so differently.