Newcastle were poor in the first half as once again the team couldn’t seem to get going in a game that was simply vital for our survival.
And as usual we improved in the second half and should have won this game with Jack Colback and Aleksandar Mitrovic both missing glorious chances to win the game – when both put the ball over the cross-bar when it looked so much easier to score.
But if you cannot beat a Villa said who are already relegated and had lost their last 11 games since beating another like relegation side 2-0 at home – Norwich City – we really cannot complain too much.
Rafa Benitez – on the sidelines today
We are simply not good enough.
This is what Rafa Benitez said on the BBC after the very disappointing draw that makes it difficult now for Newcastle to avoid the drop:
“We are disappointed. Sunderland won, so all we can do now is wait for the score of that game and now try to win our game.”
“We were a little bit anxious in the first half. We were not comfortable in possession. You have to take your chances and we didn’t do that.“
“We had to change things in the second half. We did that, but it was not enough. The players are disappointed.“
“It was an opportunity to stay ahead of Sunderland and we couldn’t do it.”
It now makes it unlikely that Newcastle can avoid relegation with Sunderland needing just 2 points from their last two games to ensure safety and then Norwich and Newcastle will go down with Aston Villa.
And we will pass Middlesbrough coming the other way – as they gained promotion today.
So Newcastle are very likely to be the only north-east club not in the Premier League next season.
Those that have run this club into the ground need to apologize to the fans for their total incompetence.
They had ample warning from last season when we were nearly relegated on the last day of the season.
Hiring the woeful John Carver followed by the woeful Steve McClaren only days after he was deemed not good enough for Derby County were two huge mistakes made by the incompetent Lee Charnley.
And then keeping Steve in the job hoping against hope he could turn things around was yet another mistake by Charnley.
Where Newcastle go from here – assuming we are relegated – we have no idea.
There’s simply no leadership at the top of the club and hasn’t been for some time now.
Shame on them.