Lightning has struck twice against this Newcastle United team in their last two games, because again today a win was turned into a draw when Aaron Lennon equalized for Tottenham in the first minute of injury time.
On 51 minutes Fabricio Coloccini had put Newcastle ahead with a good goal when he rifled in his shot, and it looked like Newcastle were going to hang on for a much needed win – after last Sunday’s calamity.
But then we did it again – and let in an equalizer in injury time – to not only prevent a clean sheet again – but to give away another two points – and now we’ve dropped 4 valuable points in two games – because we should have beaten both Sunderland and Spurs.
And since next Saturday is the FA Cup 4th round, the Newcastle fans will have to wait a full 11 days before we visit Fulham, and forget about another disappointing result – give the excellent performance the lads put in.
Yes – we’ll have to hope it’s not 1-0 down at Craven Cottage when we reach 90 minutes – that’s true.
So that’s 4 points dropped in the last two games by conceding our only goal in injury time. It’s just sickening.
Draws are nearly as bad as defeats these days because a solitary point from a game is not what will get us up that league – we needs wins and all 3 points.
Not to rub it in too much – but Sunderland also beat Blackpool at Bloomfield Road today 2-1 – to make things even worse.
Tottenham started this game at a high tempo, over the first 20 minutes or so, before Newcastle started to come more into the game.
Tottenham lost Gareth Bale in the 11th minute, when the Welsh international limped off and was replaced by former Newcastle defender Sebastian Bassong.
Newcastle created some decent chances in the first half, but we were missing the finishing of Andy Carroll today, as both Shola Ameobi and Leon Best missed some decent chances in the first half.
Maybe Alan Pardew should think again about bringing in a striker – because we should have more than one goal in each of our last two games, with the chances we had.
And then just before half time, goalkeeper Steve Harper made a great save that prevented Jermaine Defoe putting them ahead in the closing moments, but Newcastle had done well in the first half.
Then on 59 minutes Fab Coloccini got the all important first goal, when he chested down Danny Guthrie’s cross nicely, and hit a first time shot beyond goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.
And Newcastle went after the second goal, remembering what happened last Sunday, and only two fine saves from the Italian goalkeeper prevented Peter Lovenkrands and then Shola Ameobi from putting Newcastle two up.
And Tottenham then came close to an equalizer when on 76 minutes Luka Modric hit the bar.
Nile Ranger went close to a second Newcastle goal in the 89th minute, with a wonderful opportunity, but he again hit the ball wide, but it still looked like we were almost home and dry.
We don’t want to be too hard on the London teenager, but that’s about the 3rd time we’ve seen Nile Ranger miss a glorious opportunity since Alan Pardew arrived as manager, when it looked easier to score than to miss.
And then would you believe it – Spurs equalized two minutes later, when they hardly deserved a point from this game.
But we suppose after the game Harry Redknapp will say he’ll take the point, just like Steve Bruce said the same when they walked away with an undeserved point after being outplayed buy this good looking Newcastle side.
But if Newcastle keep giving goals away in injury time, we’ll probably lose a lot more points this season, that’s for sure.
Lennon cut inside and hit his shot inside the post, a minute into stoppage time, and Spurs were level, and worse than that – for the second time in two games Newcastle wilted in injury time.
The performance was good but the result again wasn’t what the lads had deserved in this game.
This is going to be really hard for the fans, and the players too, to take for the next 11 days before we face Fulham.
But trying to remain positive, Newcastle again played very well today and should have had all 3 points – but this is deja vu all over again – as we said the exact same thing last Sunday.
And this game was meant to be won, so we could get over that disappointment of losing two points last week – but make that 4 points after this disappointment this afternoon.
These dropping of points could be crucial to Newcastle this season, not because we’ll end up in a relegation spot, but we could still end up in quite a good position in the Premier League.
But there has to be something wrong with the lads’ concentration so late in these games. We should have won today and we didn’t – that’s the bottom line – again.
As we said it seems like deja vu.
What was that about it being hard to be a Newcastle United supporter?
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