Things appear much brighter this morning with Newcastle having put to an end that terrible four-game losing streak and the way they did it was just a little unusual.
Being 2-0 down with 35 minutes to play against a team that had not won since last August would have been very embarrassing if we had lost the game and made it 5 defeats in a row.
Well – we dodged that bullet.
But one thing you can say about a Rafa Benitez side – they never give up – and it was a nice headed goal by Ciaran Clark that put us on the right track only three minutes after West Brom had gone 2-0 up.
Calrk is now joint top scorer at Newcastle with – wait for it – 2 goals.
And an excellent free kick from Matt Ritchie with 6 minutes to go got us the equalizer through an own goal from Jonny Evans.
Mikel Merino – looked good last night
Matt was back to his best form after having a poor game last Saturday against Watford.
He was all action as usual and the returning Mikel Merino also provided that bit of class and endeavor in central midfield.
These are two important players for Newcastle this season, and both of them top our Man of the Match poll and at the time of writing Matt is just edging out Mikel at the top.
One good thing after Rafa made 5 changes from the side that lost 3-0 at home to Watford was that all 3 substitutes that came on – Aarons, Mitrovic and Shelvey all played well, and Newcastle looked a much better and more threatening side at the end.
With just a little bit of luck, we could even have won the game last night.
But hey, we’ll take a draw – especially in the manner it was achieved.
We have some character in the Newcastle side under Rafa Benitez – there’s no doubt about that.