It was the turn of Ayoze Perez to labour in the number ten role at Birmingham.
Sharing the duties with Mohamed Diame throughout the season, the Spaniard has been one of Newcastle’s biggest disappointments this season.
Many United supporters expecting Ayoze Perez to show he was a class above the Championship, only to repeatedly put in displays like he did at St. Andrew’s, struggling to make any real impact on proceedings.
Against a poor Birmingham side with now only two wins in their last 19 matches, Perez felt Newcastle were the better team, but with only three efforts on target it summed up the lack of cutting edge Newcastle have at the minute.
Before facing seven matches in April there is now a two week international break and Ayoze Perez feels ‘It might be good for us, having a little break, some days to rest the legs and mentally as well’.
Hopefully this fortnight will give Dwight Gayle the chance to get himself sorted as we definitely need him back at his best, whilst fans will be hoping for better news on he likes of Hayden, Clark and Yedlin potentially returning from injury, three players who all improve Newcastle when they play.
Ayoze Perez speaking to the official club site:
“We had a lot of chances but we didn’t take them and I would say that in both halves we were better than them.
“We were on the ball trying to create chances and we did – but the main thing is scoring goals and we didn’t do that today
“I would say that we should have picked up the three points and come back home with them but we didn’t score our chances, this is football. You have to take the point and do well at home now.
“We had more possession today which is good, we had more control of the game and with the chances that we couldn’t score, one day you’ll score three and on another day you don’t score. That’s football and you have to deal with it.
“The feeling is that we played quite well, even though we didn’t win it but we have to keep going, make sure we keep going in the same way; training hard in the next two weeks and making sure we change our form at home.
“We have two games at home now and we have to be really strong at home. That will give us more of a chance of staying at the top.
“I think it (Matt Ritchie’s first half ‘goal’) wasn’t offside in this case but the referee has made a decision and you have to respect it.
“From my angle, I shot and the keeper saved it, then Matty came from behind me and scored it – but the linesman said it’s not allowed, and that’s it.
“It might be good for us, having a little break, some days to rest the legs and mentally as well.
“Hopefully it’ll be good for the team and will make sure that we are still focussing on the league because we’ve got eight more games to stay at the top.
“It can be really important because we have to make sure that we rest ourselves but keep our mind on what is going on.
“It’ll be a busy April but it’s the end of the season – we have to give everything we’ve got to stay at the top.”