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.
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
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Merino 82), Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 64), Perez
Elliot, Haidara, Manquillo, Hayden, Murphy
Crowd: 51,444 (Swansea 1,100)