Newcastle really should have won this close game this afternoon after we had gone 1-0 ahead after 74 minutes through Jack Colback with a well worked goal from Newcastle, but we somehow managed to concede in the 90th minute and it’s nothing more than 2 points lost this afternoon.
Jack Colback – after scoring 74th minute go ahead goal
Newcastle conceded in the last minute of normal time, and we somehow let Peter Crouch head home the equalizer as he outjumped Daryl Janmaat..
That was a killer blow to Newcastle, who should really have had a second win in a row, and gone above Stoke in the league table – but it wasn’t to be.
But we missed two excellent chances to go 2-0 up with Gabby Obertan and Ayoze Perez missing gilt-edged opportunities – and when you don’t take your chances …..
And it was a blow for John Carver too, because home draws will not get him the head coach job in the summer – John needs lots of wins to stand any chance of getting the job in the summer, and this is one we should have had.
We snatched a draw from the jaws of victory…….
This is how we saw the game.
After 11 minutes Newcastle almost went ahead when a nice Sissoko left wing cross with his right foot found Cabella, and his glancing header was only just deflected by Begovic for a corner – a good piece of football from Newcastle and Remy ran almost 20 yards to get on the end of that cross.
After 20 minutes Ayoze Perez made a nice run down the left wing and inside and box he tried to beat his man and cross to Cabella, but it was deflected and Stoke cleared the ball.
Six minutes later a nice combination by Sissoko and Cabella ended when Cabella put the ball through to Sissoko in the inside left position, but goalkeeper Begovic was alert and just beat Moussa to the ball.
A couple of minutes later Sammy Ameobi tried his luck with his right foot from just outside the box, but Begovic saved low to his left.
On 43 minutes Remy Cabella put a beautiful ball through to Ayoze Perez in the inside right position and from the edge of the box Perez’ shot was only inches wide of Begovic’s right hand post.
And just before the break a really magnificent save from Tim Krul saved Newcastle.
A cross came in from the right and it was a diving Diouf header that was brilliantly turned for a corner by the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Half time came with Newcastle looking solid, having had two good chances, and they were quite creative in the first half – we hope the lads can keep it up in the second half.
There were no changes made at the break.
The two teams were evenly matched and after 55 minutes Janmaat got himself out of an awkward situation by playing the ball coolly back to Tim Krul who cleared well.
After 65 minutes John Carver made an attacking move and brought on Papiss Cisse for central midfielder Vurnon Anita.
After 70 minutes Gabby Obertan made his first appearance since he went off against Liverpool – but Remy Cabella was the one brought off, so it was a controversial change.
Newcastle went ahead after 74 minutes and it was a well worked goal by Newcastle.
Sissoko played the ball to his right to Perez who put it out to Gabby Obertan down the right wing, and Obertan pulled it back nicely to Sissoko in the middle of the box, and the Frenchman laid it off to Jack Colback who smashed the ball into the back of the net with his left foot.
A good goal from Newcastle.
After 78 minutes Stephen Ireland had the ball in the back of the net but he was offside.
After 85 minutes Newcastle produced a great counter attack and Gabby Obertan had a great chance to make it 2-0 but somehow he didn’t make the most of it and it was a great chance lost.
Two minutes later it was Perez who should have made it 2-0 and from 8 yards out he hit the ball way over the bar.
Stoke were pushing for the equalizer, and Newcastle looked anything but safe, and the equalizer came late when after 90 minutes a high cross into the box was met by Peter Crouch, who headed the ball past Tim Krul.
That was two points lost for Newcastle because with a 1-0 lead with 15 minutes left at St. James’ Park, we should be able to hold out for the win.
But today we couldn’t.
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Papiss Cisse 65), Jack Colback; Remy Cabella (Gabby Obertan 70), Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi
Subs: Freddie Woodman, Paul Dummett, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Yoan Gouffran, Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begovic; Phil Bardsley, Philipp Wollscheid, Marc Muniesa, Marc Wilson; Steven N’Zonzi, Glenn Whelan (c); Jonathan Walters, Stephen Ireland, Victor Moses; Mame Biram Diouf
Substitutes: Jack Butland, Andy Wilkinson, Geoff Cameron, Wilson Palacios, Steve Sidwell, Charlie Adam, Peter Crouch
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)