Newcastle yesterday looked a really good side in that first half, but when the score was only 1-0 through a Tommy Elphick own goal at half time it didn’t really do the performance justice and we missed too many of our chances.
A number of those were missed by Dwight Gayle who seems too small to play up front on his own.
But in any case we shouldn’t have slackened off like we did after the break and we were asking for trouble in the second half.
Ciaran Clark – feels like a defeat
And that’s exactly what we got after 89 minutes when Tshibola equalized so late for Aston Villa with a header from a corner.
Center-back Ciaran Clark had a good game against his old club and he was asked whether with such a late goal it felt like a defeat:
“I think so.” “When you look at the result at half-time and for so long holding out.”
“We knew it would be a tough game coming down here and the quality they have got.”
“In the second half when they were pushing on we got sloppy in our play and maybe that was a fair result in the end.”
“They put Rudy Gestede up front at the end and we knew they would come flying in.”
“They had a period for five or 10 minutes when they had so many corners.”
“We were unfortunate not to hold out but full credit to Villa, they came on strong second half and maybe the draw was a fair result.”
It really feels like a defeat and just like last week when we were beaten 2-0 by Wolves at home; we really cannot go on losing points like this.
Newcastle have to be good the whole game and we must take our chances – one goal in the last two league games isn’t good enough.
For a rare Newcastle game that was available to be watched around the world yesterday by overseas fans, it’s just a pity the lads couldn’t have put in a better second half performance and won the game.