Rafa Benitez must have been disappointed by only getting a draw but he can see the weaknesses of this Newcastle team.
We need two strikers this summer – who can put the ball into the back of the net – and when Perez went off with a sore hip in the first half we became a different side.
Kenedy came on for Perez and the Brazilian had a very poor game – let’s just leave it at that.
Where is that wonder kid we saw in the first half of last year?
Players congratulate Ayoze Perez after another great goal
If there was any chance that Newcastle would sign Kenedy in the summer it has completely gone now.
This is what Rafa said to BT Sport after the game when asked if it was a game of two halves:
“Yes – normally you would say it was a game of two halves.”
“In this case the first half we had the control, we were winning the balls quite well and we had the chance to score a second goal.”
“We didn’t do it and we were expecting the second half them to come pushing which they did.”
“Sometimes the set pieces you can’t control. They were aggressive and fighting against relegation, which was clear.”
“We needed to be a little bit better with the ball and didn’t do it. In the end we got a point – OK, it was a pity for us.”
“That after working so hard, but it’s a lesson and you must keep going in these games when the other team is playing for everything.”