This is a game against a very decent Stoke City side that we should have won – just one goal would have done it – but Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland produced a string of brilliant saves and he looked unbeatable especially in that second half and he frustrated the Newcastle players.
Jamaal Lascelles had come on after 83 minutes for the injured Daryl Janmaat and was almost the Newcastle hero as he powered a header goalwards from an Ayoze Perez free kick after 87 minutes, but Butland produced the best save of the match to keep the ball out – otherwise we would be celebrating our second league win of the season.
Mitrovic hit the post with this great header from a Sissoko cross
There were good performances all over the pitch today from Newcastle and certainly the concentration and determination was there – it’s just unlucky we could not get a goal and the win.
But these things tend to level themselves out over the season, so maybe in another game we will be holding on and then get an own goal to win it in stoppage time.
This was also our first clean sheet since August at Old Trafford.