It took a late Aleksandar Mitrovic goal that prevented Sunderland from recording their 7th successive win against Newcastle this afternoon at St. James’ Park, but we really needed the 3 points and we are now 3 points behind Norwich with a game in hand and we play Norwich in a couple of weeks at Carrow Road in our next game.
Jermain Defoe had put Sunderland ahead just before the break following a great save from Rob Elliot but the ball wasn’t cleared and Defoe hit the ball home through a crowd of players.
And it was looking like Newcastle would get nothing from this game until Mitrovic struck after 83 minutes after some great play by Wijnaldum and a terrific well flighted cross. .
But the really worrying thing for Newcastle fans is that we hardly looked like scoring in this game and it’s still a huge problem – we need to score goals to win games.
Aleksandar Mitrovic after a great header to draw level
Sunderland will come out of this game thinking they lost a great chance to gain 3 points on Newcastle and we saved face with a good goal with just seven minutes to play – but it looks like Rafa Benitez still has a lot to do if he is to save us from relegation this season – with just 8 games to play.
Rafa does have a couple of weeks to work with the players before we play Norwich City at Carrow Road.
But it’s looking like Lee Charnley and company left the woeful Steve McClaren in charge for far too long given the terrible results we had – and it could cost us another relegation this season – unless we can find some players who can score some goals for us.