Andros Townsend makes apologies on behalf of Newcastle team-mates
Andros Townsend looked back at the point gained at Anfield and reflected on what had changed.
All season Newcastle had tended to collapse once a goal was conceded and as for going two behind…memories of 5-1 at both Palace and Chelsea are easy to conjure up.
Andros Townsend thinks that Saturday, just like the Swansea and Manchester City matches, saw more ‘fight and determination and willingness to run, tackle and head the ball’.
However, the winger is being very generous including himself in that problem because he has been pretty much the only player beyond reproach in his performances.
Even in terrible team performances such as those at Southampton and Chelsea, he is the one player always prepared to receive the ball, even when marked by one or more usually, two players.
Andros Townsend scored wonder goals in both of those games and yet saw his team-mates just basically give up and accept the results were a foregone conclusion, leaking three and five goals respectively, which could have been more.
Once again on Saturday, the former Spurs winger was easily Newcastle’s biggest threat and really the only outlet to try and relieve the pressure and get the ball up the other end.
In our player ratings marks provided by fans, Andros Townsend and Vurnon Anita were way out in front as the top performers.
This was summed up on the equaliser, when Andros Townsend attracted five defenders in his direction to prevent him dribbling further and shooting, something which he countered with an excellent right footed cross that Jack Colback put in the back of the net.
He isn’t going to be a player who will go around putting in crunching tackles but hopefully his professionalism and willingness to take responsibility will rub off on others in these remaining three matches.
“Our quality has not been our problem this season, it has maybe been the fight and determination and willingness to run, tackle and head the ball.
“In the past two or three weeks we have shown that in abundance and hopefully this can be a turning point and we can get the points we need.
“When you are winning football matches and picking up points against good teams it breeds confidence.
“We made it hard for ourselves and it was a kick in the teeth to concede in the first minute but in the second half we showed great character and courage to come back.
“Even at half-time we believed that if we got an early goal, we could go on and get another one.
“We got the point and hopefully it can be a massive point.
“Confidence is a massive thing in football. You see what Leicester have done.”
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