It didn’t escape Newcastle fans that when Dwight Gayle was substituted after 78 minutes it looked like his two opportunist goals in the first half would give Newcastle another vital win.
But it wasn’t to be, and after Dwight gave a Man of the Match performance, Newcastle collapsed, and we ended the game at 2-2, and it felt like a defeat.
We cannot keep giving away late goals like this if we are to start to escape the relegation zone.
The very last thing fans need this season is for this relegation scrap to go down to the final game of the season at home to Chelsea.
Dwight Gayle – after scoring the second goal
The fans should be spared that after the previous horrible and stressful years under Mike Ashley.
We need to win games and know how to defend a lead much better than we’ve done all season.
And Newcastle need to take their chances which is exactly what Dwight did so brilliantly at Dean Court.
He was replaced because of a tight hamstring and while it doesn’t look serious – it’s a chronic condition the striker seems to get every season.
He missed a lot of games last season for us, and that coincided with Newcastle starting to struggle a little in the Championship.
Rafa said this about taking Dwight off after the game:
“Dwight was complaining about a little bit of tightness in his hamstrings, so we needed to make a substitution.”
But with new signing Islam Slimani our for at least two more weeks and Dwight in form, it would be tragic if this injury prevents the former Crystal Palace striker playing games for Newcastle.
The “good” news is that we could have three weeks off if Tottenham can beat Rochdale at home on Wednesday night in their FA Cup replay.
That will help Dwight recover and then starting with Huddersfield at home on March 31st we still have seven games to play and 21 points for the taking.