Not sure I totally agree with what Alan Shearer had to say after the match today.

A disappointing affair as Newcastle only managed a 1-1 draw with Swansea.

When you draw at home to the side who are rock bottom, then I don”t think you can have too many positives.

Maybe the only one you can pick out is that it could have been even worse…

Swansea taking the lead on the hour mark and Newcastle looking clueless in terms of how to get back into it.

Fans wanted a change and Joselu came on four minutes later, fair to say the supporters weren’t totally happy when it was Gayle who went off.

Nevertheless it was Joselu who scored only four minutes later, as his shot went through a player’s legs after Perez’ attempted pass deflected luckily to his teammate.

Newcastle haven’t had the best luck this season so it was about time.

Alan Shearer had a blunt assessment afterwards, saying a draw wasn’t good enough and ‘two points dropped today’.

I can then agree with one point he makes but not the other.

Alan Shearer is certainly correct when he says Newcastle ‘should be beating poor opposition at home’.

However, not quite sure how Shearer reckons Newcastle ‘had enough chances to win 3 games’.

The only way that would work is if NUFC won three games 1-0, as I can only remember three or four decent chances at the most.

Oh well, a point is a point and a defeat would have been a disaster, with rock bottom Swansea suddenly only three points behind Newcastle.

They just have to put it right next Saturday at Manchester City…

Alan Shearer via Twitter before the game:

“St James Park for me today.

“HUGE game for both teams.            

“Toooonnnnnn Armyyyyyy.”

Alan Shearer via Twitter after the game:

“Two points dropped today.

“Should be beating poor opposition at home.

“A point not good enough.

“Had enough chances to win 3 games.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Swansea 1


Newcastle: Joselu 68

Swansea: Ayew 60

Possession was Swansea 58% Newcastle 42%

Total shots were  Swansea 8 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Swansea 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Swansea 5 Newcastle 4

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Merino 82), Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 64), Perez

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Haidara, Manquillo, Hayden, Murphy

Crowd: 51,444 (Swansea 1,100)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Put it right at Man City, who`s he kidding

    • Paul Patterson

      That’s the authors comment not Alan’s..

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i know fine well who`s comments it is

        • Paul Patterson

          Just didn’t come across that way. And I hope he’s being sarcastic.

  • Paul Patterson

    Gayle went off because he was injured and we could have been a couple of goals up before Swansea scored.
    As for the negative set up from the start, ask Rafa about that because I’m frankly getting sick of it

    • anyobrien

      Plenty of chances but no one good enough to take them.

      • GToon

        Gayle is miles off from being a finisher at this level. Last weekend he had three good chances v Luton and missed them all. He works quite hard but just isn’t good enough.

  • Leazes

    Really poor, there were chances but we don’t have a finisher.

    • Leicester Mag

      We do, that fat trucker will finish us this time.

  • Cockneytrev

    Was it a Swansea pen?
    Couldn’t see, have just been told it was stone wall,,

    • thewildchimp

      Watched it in slomo: it’s a pen. A reflex reaction, not a card, but still a pen.

  • Kev-82

    Take the usual “top 6” out of it and we’ve had:
    Home draws with Brighton & Swansea
    Home losses to Bournemouth, Watford, Leicester, Everton

    A return of 2 points from 18 at home from those games is the form that will see us relegated. It’s clear reinforcements aren’t coming with the takeover not completed. Not winning these games is going to leave us need wins from games we aren’t expecting to get anything from against the top sides, and I don’t see this Newcastle side being capable of pulling off the odd result like we used to in them games.

    • GToon

      With those four home losses we should have had a right good go at each one of those teams. Unfortunately we just don’t seem capable of taking a game to the opposition. To be fair we didn’t manage it last year either when we played a decent team at home like Sheff Wed, Wolves, Fulham or Huddersfield. Nothing has changed. Certainly not the tactics. If we do go down it will be without a whimper this time.

  • Vito Genovese

    Dwight Gayle is rubbish. Please do not spoil my weekend further by arguing what is fact.

  • wheyayeman

    Why oh why is Ashley doing this (by doing this I mean doing nothing) again???

  • Jimmy_toons

    Should have had the game wrapped up by half time with Gayle and Perez missing chances which is costing us again and again in this league. We’re not very good but we are generally organised. It’s not good to,watch but without any major investment, we might crawl over the line and stay up. Fingers crossed.

  • Mayor Vaughn

    If we had any real finishers the game would have been sewn up by half time.
    Not sure what game the writer was watching if he doesn’t think we had enough chances.

  • Philippines

    Actually, I think Joselu’s shot went through TWO players legs. A top striker would have buried the chances Gayle missed. I think he is the main weak link now. I thought Perez was great.