Newcastle got back to business last night, and with an outstanding defensive display in which Dubravka and Fernandez were outstanding we picked up a valuable point at Goodison Park.
And right at the end with two minutes of regular time to play Christian Atsu was straight through on goal but was denied by a good save from Pickford, the former Sunderland goalkeeper.
The defense is Newcastle’s strength, and they had an off day (in the second half) against West Ham on Saturday.
But the lads were back in form last night – a dogged and courageous display against the odds.
Marco Silva and Rafa Benitez on the touchline last night
But Fabian Schar picked up a late yellow card – his 5th of the season – and he will miss the game at home to Wolves on Sunday.
Wolves beat Chelsea 2-1 last night at Molineux.
Paul Dummett could return on Sunday, and Rafa was asked about the situation:
“In terms of center-backs we have Jamaal Lascelles who was coming back.”
“We still have Ciaran Clark, maybe the worst for us is left-back.
“We don’t have another left-footed player to play there. “The worst for us is when a player is doing really well and he cannot play.””
“To be fair, Atsu did a great job, the same with Jacob, they did really well,”
“It is always good to have a very good goalkeeper,” “He is doing a great job for us, a very good professional.”
“If he is busy, he can do like today – some good saves.”
It was an excellent away point last night, and it was the 7th away from home this season.
We didn’t expect anything from last night, so a fighting draw was what the fans and the players really needed.
Rafa and the lads will go all out for a win on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park in the 4:00 pm kickoff game.
We need a win in that game, and we could get one too.
The Magpie Group have sensibly postponed their planned protests against the owner until February and hope the club will be sold by then.
We all have to hope Ashley will sell the club as soon as possible – and then we can celebrate.
Maybe we can get a full house for Sunday’s game?