Newcastle drew 1-1 with Royal Antwerp in the friendly this afternoon which was in three 45 minutes halves.
After the usual 90 minutes, the score was 1-0 to Newcastle due to a goal from Matt Ritchie in the first period.
Royal Antwerp equalized early in the third period and then, would you believe it, but late in the game striker Dwight Gayle missed a penalty.
That would have at least got Newcastle the win against the Belgian side in the 135-minute game.
From the reports coming in from the journalists at the game, it was the same old story with Newcastle creating several chances, but we couldn’t convert them.
Rafa will not be too pleased about that – the last thing we want in a couple of weeks time is to dominate Huddersfield at home but be unable to convert any of the chances.
It’s another reason we hope that Islam Slimani will be available for that game on March 31st.
That seems to be the bottom line in today’s friendly – Newcastle created the chances but couldn’t score more than one goal, and we missed a penalty too.
Same old same old.