This was not a good result for either John Carver or Newcastle United, and after being the better side in what wasn’t a great game, we went ahead after 74 minutes with a good goal from Jack Colback, his third for Newcastle this season.
Peter Crouch easily out jumps Janmaat to equalize
And it was obvious that Stoke would come after Newcastle to try to get the equalizer, but after 85 minutes we made a great breakaway and it was three Newcastle players against one defender, and it was left to Gabby Obertan to put the ball past the goalkeeper, but he hesitated and amazingly the ball was cleared.
That should have been Newcastle’s second goal and the game, but somehow Gabby made a complete mess of it – what wasn’t easy to do.
And then another quick breakaway two minutes later saw Ayoze Perez have a great chance to put the game away again, but somehow he blazed way over the bar from about eight yards out – and when you don’t take your chances you get punished.
And so three minutes later it was Peter Crouch who easily out-jumped Daryl Janmaat and it was a good goal from the former England striker.
But this is a game which Newcastle just threw away in the last 15 minutes.
It was very important to have won this game – because it seems the powers that at the club never bothered to bring in a striker or center-back in January and we are left to muddle through for the rest of the season – just like last term.
So it would have been great to have got our second win in a row and a second clean sheet in a row.
It’s now three games John Carver has been in charge of Newcastle at St. James’ Park, and he has two draws and one defeat – that’s not good enough.
In the draw we got against Burnley we were ahead three times in the game and yet only got a draw, and today we went ahead with just 16 minutes to play.
In five league games John has been in charge we have one win and two draws for just five points – not good enough.
We were thinking that maybe Carver could do what Glenn Roeder had done back in 2006, when he took over from the sacked Graeme Souness, and in his first five league games in charge, we won four and drew one for 13 points.
And our next games after Palace are at Man City, at home to Aston Villa and Man United, at Everton and at home to Arsenal – so those games will not be easy.
After what felt like a defeat today, we play Crystal Palace on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park and Alan Pardew – and a defeat in that game would not be good.
It wouldn’t be good at all.
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