When Newcastle went 2-0 down after 38 minutes it didn´t look good but a goal just before half time by Gini Wijnaldum – set up brilliantly by Coloccini and Mitrovic – paved the way for a great comeback in the second half.
Newcastle got back to 2-2 with a well taken Mitrovic penalty after he had been fouled following a corner by Chris Smalling and then went behind again to a Wayne Rooney bullet.
But Newcastle sensationally equalized with a 90th minute thunderbolt from Paul Dummett – and the roof came off at St. James’ Park.
Paul Dummett scored with piledriver in last minute
We deserved the point but Aston Villa beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at home for their first win since the opening day of the season – and to survive we still need to put some wins together.
After the game a relived Steve McClaren said the following:
“It was fantastic, what a reaction from them – they never gave up. At 2-0, the goal was vital.”
“In the second half we equalized and came back after 3-2 and deserved to get the point in the end. People said that Man United were boring, they weren’t.”
“And people questioned the attitude from our players but there was none of that. They are building and growing and fighting for 95 minutes.”
“We got our rewards.” “It was very important to come back because people did question that at the start of the season . The players have come through it and shown fantastic character.”
“Especially people like Coloccini and Rob Elliot, they had some defining moments. There was so much in that game. It was must have been a great spectacle to watch as a neutral.”
“For coaches it was a bit of a nightmare.” “I couldn’t believe it. We had such a great start, we were composed and we kept the ball.”
“Then from nothing they went up. It was momentum, how could Mbemba get out the way?” “We could have gone down after that but credit to them they kept fighting.”
They went 1-0 up with another very dodgy penalty call from referee Mike Dean when from a corner and nothing he gave the Red Devils a penalty when Mbemba was adjudged to have handled the ball.
Another glaring error in a Premier League game that was shown live around the world and TV replays showed it definitely was not a penalty.
These poor decisions are starting to get embarrassing for the Premier League.
For the neutral it was a great game especially the pulsating second half and it´s very difficult to criticize our players – who simply played their hearts out for the cause.
After the game pundits on NBC Sports over here is the states praised the fantastic effort of the Magpies and thought the result and the display could be a turning point in the season for us.
New arrivals Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet will have tasted what it´s liek to play in the caldron of passion called St. James’ Park.
The crowd again played their part when everything looked lost at 2-0 down.
The Newcastle players seem to have the fight and passion to survive a relegation but this month we need to make sure the team gets sufficient reinforcements and we still need at least two more top players brought in.