Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 Saturday 19 December 5.30pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle, to talk about some aspect of the match:
“De Jong miss = 1 point only
“Starting again without Perez and Cisse = mistake
“Three on the bounce would have been great. Nearly blew it and lost, could have still won it.
“Crappie weather, scrappy game – Thauvin for Anita was brave. Barman another pint.
“Obvious, really. It’s us in a nutshell.”
“I don’t know what was worse: the weather, Aston villa in the first half, or Newcastle’s finishing.
“We’ll be in a relegation fight all season if we don’t put an end to this inconsistency. It’s great beating the big boys, but you need to beat the teams around you more importantly.
“Villa were there for the taking- two points dropped”
“How predictable was that?
“I know the weather played its part but hey surely they have a plan for how to play in conditions like this – my pub team does!
“Really disappointing is an understatement… “
“Back down to earth, not quite a bump but a soft landing.
“Always a worry that we’d play as well as the opposition in front of us, and that we did.
“We had our chances but didn’t take them, some of our performances particularly in the centre of midfield lacked presence.
“Opportunity missed .
“If it wasn’t for the weather we may have lost that game.”
Leazes Park Ender:
“Hugely frustrating result against the worst team in the league.
“The manager needs to start Ayoze Perez. Simple. He got his team selection wrong today.
“Wins against Spurs and Liverpool taken when both those sides were off the back of Europa League games.
“So we’re on 17 points at Xmas. Tough games coming up too. We’re not out the soup just yet.
“Not sure the wet conditions helped that game today at all.”
“Decent game, should have won, could have lost.
“Presumably de Jong will have some explaining to do!
“It is difficult to pan the players given the league table and attitude now, compared to two weeks ago…but this game shows we can take nothing for granted.”
“Final words: hugely disappointing.
“Rain destroyed the gamewhich helped Villa and de Jong missing a sitter cost us.
“However, we have no attacking plan and this wil continue to cost us against this type of inferior opponent.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Possession was 47% Newcastle and 53% Villa
Total shots was 8 for Newcastle and Villa 10
Shots on target was Newcastle 4 and Villa 7
While corners was Newcastle 3 and Villa 7
Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Colback, Anita (Thauvin 71), Sissoko, Wijnaldum, de Jong (Perez 59), Cisse (Mitrovic 33)
Unused Subs: Darlow, Mbabu, Gouffran, Tiote
Ref: Martin Atkinson
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