Newcastle 2 Bristol City 2 – Saturday 25 February 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
Leazes Park Ender:
“An horrendous opening 20 minutes.
“From my perch in the Leazes I couldn’t tell if he was offside for the Bristol opener but I heard at half time he was off.
“Then we see a calamity between Dummett and Darlow and all of a sudden it was a big hill to climb.
“Oh Rafa, please get them working on the back four, we need to sharpen it up a bit.
“Second-half was like the Alamo. We peppered them for every angle and deservedly found two goals.
“It should have been more. We were all over them. They’ll feel good to come off with a point.
“This game has cleared the way for the really tough run of games. It’s crunch time, folks.”
“Horrific 2 points dropped.
“First half was unacceptable and the scrambled second half renaissance salvaged pride but not enough in the way of points.
“Pressure heaped on for the imminent games with our closest rivals.
“Play like today and we’re in real bother.”
“Great response from the lads in the 2nd half after a poor 1st not helped by the consistently awful officiating that this league provides.
“Point not disaster in the circumstances, would’ve taken it at half time.
“Hoping for a Brighton slip-up this evening.”
“I will never understand how Rafa insists on these dull, slow and predictable tactics in home games against terrible opposition.
“Every pass is to feet. Every pass is slow. Full-backs never get forward enough, especially Dummett. We never stretch defences or get in behind teams. It’s ridiculous. Too easy to play against.
“Whenever Gayle is unavailable he plays Mitro up top.
“Gayle has 20 goals due to his pace, getting in behind teams and running the flanks. So why would you not play Perez as a direct replacement? Explain that one to me with some logic.
“Poor result. Poor performance, again.
“In all my time as a fan I have never known us in such a false position in the league before. Give me 2nd place on goal difference right here and now. Pathetic.”
“After a self-destruct of no pace in the first half, there was more fight and pace.
“Can’t help but think if we had someone who can time a run into the box, we’d have won.
“Still, better than the nowt we looked like getting. Atsu and Ritchie had them skinned.”
“Should I be disappointed with a draw when you’re losing 2-0 at half time? Hell yes!
“We had nothing up front (yet again) against an average defence.
“Could have won it with the chances at the end but I’m left thinking why, we didnt have Murphy on by that point?”
“Could have been worse. Might turn out to be a vital point in the grand scheme of things.
“Or on the flipside it could turn out to be a massive two points dropped.
“No doubt people will be going into nuclear meltdown and breaking the emergency glass on the suicide pills, but I’m calm (ish).
“We never do things the easy way and over the years have been the masters of our own downfall.
“First half was frankly shambolic and the goals conceded so poor. Not helped by officials again like.
“Offside goals, poss pen yada yada. Great fightback, and a good sign considering all the other times we’d went behind at home and ended up with nowt.
“Reality is we should be beating the likes of Bristol City at home and the bookies will have revelled in this coupon buster.
“Three big games looming but none of them are anything we should be afraid of. We are a much better team away.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Bristol City 2
Newcastle: Smith OG 59, Clark 82
Bristol City: Wilbraham 11, Cotterill 21
Possession was Bristol City 36% Newcastle 64%
Total shots were Bristol City 9 Newcastle 21
Shots on target were Bristol City 5 Newcastle 5
Corners were Bristol City 4 Newcastle 13
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Diame 58), Shelvey, Atsu, Perez (Gouffran 79), Mitrovic
Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Murphy, Anita
(To read the Match Ratings go HERE)