Newcastle Stop The Rot – Get A Point

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.

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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.

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10 comments so far

  • Thump

    Mar 20, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #1

    We’ve stopped the rot in the wall, but the foundations have long since crumbled.

    Still, was nice to see Sunderland bricking it after Mitrovic scored.

  • manxpie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    manxpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    sisko has an unbelievably shite first touch
    the fact we havent had a proper left winger since duff says it all
    and that is why carr and charnley has to go

  • anthc

    Mar 20, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I thought townsend was poor today so don’t know how he’s top of the poll.
    We need to beat norwich and win at least another 3 games imo to have a chance.

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Mar 20, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #4

    We need Anita and De jong to start next game..its a must..Wijnaldum gets lost all game, but hes the guy, rather the only guy who can assist or he should play near upfront with a free role..Shevelvey is overrated so is Townsend…overall it would take a lot of better team selection more than anything else for us to stay up..Rafa are you listening??

  • jimmygscot

    Mar 20, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Townsend started well then faded cannot believe he is MOM. Mitro deserved his goal, worked hard with poor support.
    Where was Doumbeit supposed to be a great goalscorer not even on the bench.
    Saivent must be hopeless when Anita gets the nod ahead of him.
    Rafa has no chance with this squad.

  • dalton7675

    Mar 20, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Amazing game today didn’t think we played great but we were better but for the first time in a long time I seen passion! and mitovic is a legend gets knocked out then when stumbling off the pitch is arguing with the medics that he’s OK he will be a good striker when he finds the net a few times.

  • damma99

    Mar 20, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Recall Adam Armstrong simmples

  • ArtyH

    Mar 20, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #8

    When you look at the first team and the bench you can plainly see just how bad the chances of survival really are. I feel sorry for Rafa because he is just in the right place at the wrong time as its too late to change things round, he is a great manager but has nothing to choose from showing the foolhardy way the club has been neglected for years, such a shame. This is ALL top management failure, nothing else, what makes it worse is they finally realise the problem and make the right decision but far too late. Shameful.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 20, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #9

    I wanted to cheer, but it was lioke a CHampionship match with balls flying up to the roof rahter than rolling on the ground. NUFC so high strung that they cannot take time on the ball, just hump it forward. Sad. Id love for them to survive, but it is hard to see how that can happen. Sign Ranger, maybe?

  • mfw13

    Mar 20, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #10

    I think the positives from the first two matches under Benitez are that our defense looks much more organized. Even though we conceded two goals over those matches, both goals came from a little bit of bad luck…one on a bicycle kick, the other on a needle threading shot from Defoe that had eyes and would have been blocked if it had been three inches to the right or left.

    In attack we seemed much stronger once Cisse and DeJong came on…playing Cisse and Mitrovic together seems promising.

    I think what Raffa needs to sort out is the relationship between Shelvey and Winaldjum. Shelvey plays way too deep for my liking, more like a holding midfielder than playmaker, yet he deprives Winaldjum of the time on the ball he needs to be effective.


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