A late header from Tshibola after 89 minutes gave Aston Villa a 1-1 draw against visitors Newcastle today, after Tommy Elphick’s first-half own goal had put the Magpies ahead in a first half that Newcastle completely dominated.
Bu we missed our chances in the first half and didn’t defend well enough in the second half, so the result was a disappointing 1-1 draw and two precious points dropped.
Rafa Benitez – disappointed with draw
And that’s now 5 points we have lost to Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion in the last two league games since they have won both games.
The main culprits in the first half were Dwight Gayle and Mohamed Diame who wasted far too many of the chances they got and the game should have over by half-time.
But it wasn’t.
This is what Rafa said after the game, which is a second successive disappointment for Newcastle fass following our shock 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves a week ago:
“We were so dominant in the first half we could’ve finished the game and now we’re talking about another thing.”
“That’s football, you have to take your chances and we didn’t do it. “We made some mistakes defending in the second half and we have to give credit to them but, for me, the positives were the first half.”
“And the negatives were the mistakes in the second half and that we allowed them to stay in the game.”
“We had a lot of chances, so many clear chances we could finish the game, but in the second half we have to defend a little better.”
“It’s key for me to be consistent and we have to keep calm and work hard.”
“You could see a great team in the first half creating a lot of chances but the final score means we didn’t take our chances, not that the team wasn’t good enough in the first half.”
After nine league games played we thought we’d have more than the 16 points we have on the board – in 2009 we had 22 points after 9 games played and were top of the league.
It could be a lot more difficult this time around.