Newcastle did play well at Bournemouth, but in that game, we just didn’t have the luck you need to get a win.
Maybe if the soft penalty wasn’t awarded early in the second half to bring the home team level at 1-1, we could have come away with all 3 points.
But we’ll never know now and given we equalized so late in the game we’ll take the one point – it’s better than no points.
Most pundits – have said Newcastle were unlucky and the penalty given by Mike Dean was a soft one.
And we look like a well-balanced side at the moment, and our two goals were something to see.
Rafa Benitez – at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday
This is how Sky Sports summed up the performance and we got a B+ for Saturday’s performance.
“Newcastle stuck with it, even after going 2-1 down in the 81st minute, and Matt Ritchie’s goal was simply sublime. “
“Their battling defensive qualities was perfectly encapsulated by Paul Dummett’s remarkable acrobatic clearance to deny Callum Wilson’s neat header when it was 1-1.”
“Newcastle lacked spark going forward, but they were unfortunate to be on the receiving end of what looked like a soft penalty decision.”
“Federico Fernandez was adjudged to have brought down Nathan Ake in the box. Had that not been given, the result may well have swung in Newcastle’s favor.”
These are the games we have left, and if we can get at least 10 points, we’ll have more points than we had last season.
That would be good and what Rafa wants.
Mon 01 Apr Arsenal vs Newcastle 8:00pm Sat 06 Apr Newcastle vs Crystal Palace 3:00pm Fri 12 Apr Leicester vs Newcastle 8:00pm Sat 20 Apr Newcastle vs Southampton 5:30pm Sat 27 Apr Brighton vs Newcastle 5:30pm Sat 04 May Newcastle vs Liverpool 3:00pm Sun 12 May Fulham vs Newcastle 3:00pm