The game was at home against a side that was rock bottom of the league with just 3 points out of the last 15 league games and devoid of confidence and a team we hadn´t lost at home to in ten years.
But this inconsistent Newcastle side, after seeing off both Liverpool and Tottenham in their previous two games couldn´t get the job done and win the game to give Newcastle fans a big Xmas present after a simply terrible year.
And a number of people before this game questioned whether this Newcastle team could make it three wins in a row against the weakest side in the Premier League and our easiest game this season and our easiest game on paper this year for that matter.
Steve McClaren looking far from calm and collected today
We failed to win even though we went ahead in the game in atrocious conditions, but it´s a sign of just how inconsistent and unprofessional this Newcastle side can be that we dropped back to 4th bottom of the league.
A Swansea win tomorrow at home to West Ham will see us back in the relegation zone at Christmas.
This is what Steve McClaren told Sky Sports after the game:
“That was a battling point and two lost,” “I’ve just seen the chances. There were three clear-cut ones and I think the defining moment of the game was Siem de Jong’s chance.”
“We missed and two minutes later they scored the equalizer. It could have been 2-0 but in the end it was 1-1. We had a bad 15 minutes but we finished the game so strong,”
“I’m proud of the players. They kept going forward and went for the game. We had two opportunities at the end through Wijnaldum and Perez, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
“I said on another day we’d take those chances and win the game but if we keep playing that I can’t fault the attitude in what were difficult, difficult conditions. “
In what has been a terrible year for Newcastle in the Premier League, that´s just 30 points and 7 wins we have in the 36 league games we have played this year and a goal difference of -30 with 67 goals conceded – relegation form.
After missing out on relegation on the last day of last season we are back fighting relegation again after spending over £52M in the summer transfer market.
We should not be satisfied with one point from this game, as Steve McClaren seems to be.
The manager has tried to put a positive spin on things, but we have to remember the opposition came away with a point and almost won the game at the death for only their second win since the opening day of the season.
It was a disappointing and frustrating loss of two points at St. James’ Park today for most fans.
That´s the unvarnished truth.