Things change during games, but yesterday’s 2-2 at Bristol City was a disappointing result for the Newcastle club.
Chris Hughton – satisfied with draw – after going 2-0 down
And it was only after going 2-0 down that most Newcastle fans were pleased with the draw at the end of the day, but the lads cannot afford to go two goals down away from home, and expect to win the game.
It’s a wee bit of a problem that our away form recently has not been too good, and the Magpies still have 5 more away games of the 9 games remaining, starting with Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.
After the game Newcastle manager Chris Hughton told Newcastle United TV he would have taken the point at half time yesterday:
“If you’re offered a draw at half-time then, yes, you would take that,” “But the way we came back and got level with 15 minutes remaining I thought we could go on and win it.”
“There was only going to be one winner at that point and we had chances to get another.” “So I suppose it’s a case of mixed emotions; we could have won but getting a point from two goals down is a good result.”
“I was delighted with the second-half performance and the response was very pleasing.” “It preserves our unbeaten run and it’s another point towards promotion.”
But let’s not get too carried away with a draw away from home against middle of the table teams like Bristol City. After all, Bristol City are in 16 th place in the league, and we should have been able to take all 3 points yesterday.
Doncaster Rovers in comparison are in 8th place, and they have lost only four games at home in their 19 home games so far.
It will not be easy on Tuesday night, but because of the lost 2 points on Saturday afternoon, it will be even more important that Newcastle get a win on Tuesday night.
And it looks like Tamas Kadar will come into central defense to partner Coloccini, but this lad keeps getting the job done at Newcastle, and we think he’ll be OK on Tuesday night.
Newcastle may be forced to bring in another center-back on loan, depending on the prognosis on Fitz Hall, who pulled his right hamstring yesterday afternoon after 51 minutes.
Both our near rivals in the league have home games once again in mid-week, with Nottingham Forest at home to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night , and on Wednesday night, WBA entertain Coventry City at the Hawthorns.
Now is not the time to have any hiccups in the league, and the team has to go all out for a win on Tuesday night at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Let’s hope they can do just that.