We really wanted to get a win against Sunderland in Rafa Benitez’ debut at St. James’ Park on Sunday, but given the way the game went in that first half when Sunderland were the better side and went ahead just before the break with a Jermain Defoe goal, we were happy enough at the end to get a point and stop the Black Cats gaining 3 points on us.
And it was an excellent late goal from Mitrovic brilliantly set up by Gini Wijnaldum which gives us some hope that we can still survive this season – but it´s going to be touch and go whether we can do that.
We suppose it was good that we came back in such an important game and certainly our lads again gave it all they had, urged on by a fantastic sell-out crowd.
Jack Colback´s yellow card – 10th of the season
Jack Colback had a poor game at left-back on Sunday and picked up his 10th yellow card of the season in the first half and so he has managed to get himself banned for the next two games.
This is what Jack has told the press today about what the new manager said at half time:
“Benitez just said we had to be positive and keep going,” “Everybody knows our biggest weakness this season is going behind and struggling to get back into games, but we’ve done that.”
“Obviously, we’re not happy with a point by any means.” “But when you go 1-0 down, you’re satisfied at the end to get a draw.”
“That’s probably Mitro´s biggest strength – his aerial ability.” “It was a great header – it was a great play by Gini to get it in there and get the cross in – and I think we probably deserved it in the end.”
“It would have been harsh to lose it in the end.”
“I was going to come at some point.” “I think I did well to get to this game without one.”
“It felt like I won the ball, to be honest, but the referee thought otherwise.”“It’ll be disappointing to miss the two games, but that’s just the way it is. I’ve got to deal with it.”
Newcastle are in a precarious position in second bottom place effectively 4 points behind Norwich if you consider goal difference.
We play Norwich a week on Saturday at Carrow Road, so that´s going to be another very tough and very important game in our attempt to survive as a Premier League club.
A win by more than two goals would take us above Norwich in the league.