Newcastle dug bit of a hole for themselves last night in the first 17 minutes of the game at Norwich even after going ahead with a goal from Ayoze Perez after only 23 seconds of the game.
But there was then some lax defending from Newcastle and we conceded a goal after 12 minutes when Murphy scored.
But then 5 minutes later it was simply a horrendous error by goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Karl completely mis-kicked the ball in what should have been a simple clearance and that allowed Cameron Jerome to tap the ball home to put the home side ahead.
Karl Darlow can’t believe it – after his error in the first half
But after that to their credit and roared on by the away fans the players stuck together and Rafa got them steadied at half time and Newcastle came back and finally equalized on 81 minutes through captain Jamaal Lascelles to get a well deserved point.
After the game Rafa was pleased with the way the side reacted to the adversity in the game and that showed a strong mental attitude which has been apparent all season.
This is what Rafa said after the game:
“We started really well, scored one goal and then could have scored another so it was a big shock when we went behind.
“There were a couple of mistakes but I told them at half-time to forget about it and just concentrate about the next 45 minutes.”
“Because we were playing well against a good side, not a normal one in the Championship.”
“I thought we responded brilliantly to going behind – the character of the players, and their reaction to the setbacks, was the most positive thing for me tonight.”
At the end of the day it was a good point and certainly we didn’t want an in-form Norwich side to gain 3 points on us, which is one reason the fans were delighted when the equalizer came late in the game.
But we also have to defend a lot better and that’s an area Rafa will be working on with the players this week and over the weekend in preparation for the home game against Aston Villa on Monday night.