The difference in the teams today was Jack Butland who made four fantastic saves to keep Newcastle out and earn Stoke City a 0-0 draw at St. James’ Park this afternoon.
But Newcastle picked up a couple of injuries with Daryl Janmaat having to be substituted after 83 minutes by Jamaal Lascelles, after the Dutchman picked up a leg injury, and then Rob Elliot seems to have injured his thigh again as he limped off the pitch at the end of the game.
Rom made two very good saves today, but that leaves only 18 year-old Freddie Shepherd as the only fit goalkeeper we have.
Jack Butland saves from Ayoze Perez in second half
This is what Steve McClaren said after the game:
“Goalkeepers are there to win you points and that’s what Jack Butland does.” “He did it for us a few times at Derby last year – I remember very well – and he’s done it again for Stoke today.”
“I have seen him in other games.” “You need a top-class goalkeeper to get you points and Stoke have got one, and certainly England have.”
“The key thing is, we look capable of winning games now. The first four, we didn’t create any chances; now we are.” “We are playing good football, dominating opponents – the clean sheet was important.”
“And in the cold light of day, anybody looking at that can see we are on the right lines.”
“We are certainly looking at the Elliot situation and seeing what we can do, because that’s three of our senior goalkeepers injured.”
We really needed a win today to climb out of the bottom three, but we are now 3rd bottom with 7 points from 11 games – one point above Sunderland and 3 points above Aston Villa who both play tomorrow.
Our next game is at Bournemouth next Saturday with a 12:45 pm kick-off.