After watching Newcastle play out a goalless draw at Birmingham, Don Goodman expressed his surprise.
The former Sunderland striker said that with Birmingham badly struggling (2 wins in last 18) and up against the league leaders, ‘everybody probably expected Newcastle to go an steamroller Birmingham’.
Don Goodman described the Blues as ‘resilient’ on Saturday and Tomasz Kuszcjak as ‘outstanding’ – but at the same time Newcastle will be very disappointed to have had only three efforts n target.
Just like Rafa Benitez and most Newcastle fans, the Sky Sports pundit thinks that surprisingly the point at St. Andrew’s has ended up being a point gained, as Huddersfield and Brighton both lost.
With Shelvey, Clark, Yedlin and Gayle all missing from the starting eleven for various reasons, the result of the match and failure to get more efforts on goal, was arguably less of a surprise to Newcastle supporters than it was for neutrals.
Don Goodman talking to Sky Sports:
“The Championship throws up massive surprises on a regular basis.
“I think everybody probably expected Newcastle to go and steamroller Birmingham, as they are the best away team in the division.
“But Birmingham did put up a fight, were resilient, and had a keeper in outstanding form.
“I think that given the results elsewhere, Newcastle have actually made progress this weekend…and you can never sniff at that can you?
“With Brighton losing and also Huddersfield surprisingly, it’s a point gained for Newcastle.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Birmingham 0 Newcastle 0
Possession was Birmingham 35% Newcastle 65%
Total shots were Birmingham 9 Newcastle 17
Shots on target were Birmingham 1 Newcastle 3
Corners were Birmingham 3 Newcastle 5
Referee: Simon Hooper
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Colback, Gouffran (Atsu 82), Perez (Shelvey 78), Murphy (Gayle 63)
Elliot, Gamez, Mbemba, Mitrovic
Crowd: 19,796 (Newcastle 3,300)
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s game go HERE)