Disappointing Draw Sends Newcastle Down To 4th Bottom

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Newcastle were leading this game against the bottom side 1-0 at half time and controlling the game and it was a rare goal from captain Coloccini as the conditions got worse during the first half in pouring rain and a water-logged pitch.

And early in the second half we should have been two or three goals up after wasting a couple of golden opportunities – but then a wonder strike from Jordan Ayew from outside the box tied the game at 1-1.

And that´s how the game ended and it´s a very disappointing result for Newcastle at home to the bottom of the league side.

With Chelsea, Norwich and Bournemouth all winning their games earlier in the day, Newcastle drop to 4th bottom 3 points above Swansea who play at home to West Ham tomorrow.

If Swansea win that game we will be in the relegation zone for Christmas.

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coloccini after scoring

Fabricio Coloccini after scoring Newcastle´s goal on 38 minutes
The game started with the rain pouring down and Newcastle had much the better of the first half with Papiss Cisse missing a good header after 31 minutes from a cross by Janmaat but he was injured and he had to go off and on came Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Colo seems to have picked up a hamstring injury.

With the conditions getting worse, Newcastle took a vital lead after 38 minutes with a left wing corner came over to Coloccini in the inside right position and he drove the ball home first time with his right foot.

A nice goal form the captain although goalkeeper Guzan could have done better.

It was 1-0 at the half with Newcastle in control although the conditions were worrisome in case the referee had to abandon the game.

The conditions then started to improve as the second half started and Newcastle had chances to go further ahead and Siem de Jong should have done better with a great opportunity from just six yards out after being set up by good Wijnaldum play down the left, but he headed the ball wide.

Siem may now lose his starting place to Ayoze Perez against Everton next Saturday.

But then right out of the blue, Jordan Ayew after 61 minutes leveled the scores with a wonderful shot from outside the penalty box that gave Elliot no chance.

Both sides went for the win in the final 30 minutes and both sides had chances to score and win the game.

Wijnaldum had  a great chance but drove his shot straight at the goalkeeper and Ayoze Perez also had a decent chance to win the game for Newcastle.

But near the end it was Rob Elliot who saved brilliantly from substitute Rudy Gestede when he tipped the ball over the cross-bar.

That saved Newcastle from an embarrassing defeat that many had half-predicted this week because of out total inconsistency.

Neither side could get the winning goal and the game ended in a stalemate and it was a good result for Aston Villa but 2 points lost for Newcastle.

But after wins against Liverpool and Tottenham this was another let-down by Newcastle who couldn´t beat a side who hadn´t won a game since the first game of the season and had collected only 3 points from their previous 15 league games – 12 of which they had lost.

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It was half expected there would be a let down in a game where Newcastle were the overwhelming favorites to win.

But we are right back in relegation trouble again just 3 points above 3rd bottom Swansea who play tomorrow and if they win against West Ham we will drop down to 3rd bottom place for Christmas.

Not a good result for Newcastle today and a disappointing performance but we weren´t helped by a water-logged St. James’ Park pitch.

But that´s simply an excuse.

And since 71% of fans in our poll thought we would win this game it is a real disappointment and there were a few boos at the end of the game.

We are at home to Everton next Saturday – Boxing Day – and we will need to win that game against a much better side than Aston Villa.

As Steve McClaren had said yesterday Newcastle are nowhere near out of relegation trouble – he´s so right.

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Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Colback, Anita (Thauvin, 71), Wijnaldum; de Jong (Perez, 59), Cisse (Mitrovic, 33).
Subs not used: Darlow, Mbabu, Tiote, Gouffran.

Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Bacuna; Gueye, Westwood; Veretout, Sanchez, Sinclair (Gestede, 60); Ayew.
Subs not used: Bunn, Richardson, Clark, Gil, Grealish, Troare.

Goals: Coloccini 38, Ayew 61

Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

Attendance: 48,234



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