We were looking forward to Newcastle getting all 3 points at home to Luton last Saturday.
After all, we had just visited Aston Villa and won 3-1 and that was their first league defeat in almost a year and they were 4th top of the league.
Four days later, we are at home to Luton, who are 4th bottom of the league and they had won only 5 league games all season, one at home to Newcastle by a scoreline of 1-0.
And what happens?
We score first through Longstaff then Luton equalize and we then go up 2-1, again through Longstaff, and then they equalise after 40 minutes and the score is 2-2 at the break.
Newcastle had a chance to get a tight hold on the game in that first half, but our defense again looked far too porous.
Luton went ahead after 59 minutes when Burn couldn’t keep pace with his winger and he pulled the man down for a penalty.
And then, would you believe it, Luton went further ahead after 62 minutes and we had suddenly conceded 4 goals at home to the 4th bottom side, who to be fair have been in top form over the last few games.
So with about 30 minutes left, Newcastle were 4-2 down, but the fight of this team has never been in doubt and two good goals, one from Trippier and one from Harvy Barnes got us the point.
Other sides may well have collapsed when 4-2 down in that situation, but not this Eddie Howe side.
But what has happened to Newcastle’s defense, which seems to have gone to hell in a handbasket since Nick Pope went out injured?
That’s not a reflection on Dubravka, who has been in decent to good form of late but could have done better with two of the goals on Saturday.
But it’s not down to one man, and we are nowhere near as secure at the back as we were last season, and Eddie Howe now has a week to prepare the team for the trip to Nottingham Forest.
Remember Forest beat us 3-1 at home on Boxing Dat when we were going through that awful spell of results.
Dan Burn does not have the speed to handle speedy wingers and that was there for all to see on Saturday when his lack of pace directly cost us two goals.
But we doubt that Eddie Howe will drop him, since he’s good at corners at both ends and he has experience.
We do have Tino Livramento, who would improve quickly if given a run in the first team at left-back.
Or even bring in our reliable Swedish International Emil Krafth at right back, and move Trippier over to left back.
It looks like Nottingham Forest could be another banana skin, but Eddie Howe is good at preparing the side, when he has the time, and he has a full week for our next game.
The 4-4 draw was a classic and exciting game for the neutral, but we aren’t neutral and Newcastle needed the win.
However, we can still finish top six if we can put a string of wins together.
Note: I had some health problems over the weekened which is why I was not on the blog.