Saturday was disappointing but without DeAndre Yedlin it could have been a whole lot worse.
Newcastle came away from a home match against rock bottom Swansea with only one point but if it had been zero points and three for the Welsh club, it would have been a disaster.
The right-back had already got across and used his pace so well to clear one chance when Swansea threatened behind the centre of defence – but it was a vital clearance late on that saved a point for sure.
Karl Darlow making a hash of dealing with a Swansea threat, with the ball presented to Bony.
The Ivory Coast international took the ball around Darlow only to see his effort cleared.
It could almost have been one of Newcastle’s strikers talking when DeAndre Yedlin described the incident, saying ‘I didn’t really know exactly where the goal was…’
He may not always be the most cultured of defenders but Yedlin has definitely been an asset overall this season, his pace at both ends of the pitch meaning he is almost a guaranteed starter.
The defender is hoping the team can repay the fans’ support with victory over Burnley, though we have Manchester City before that home match, as well as a fourth round FA Cup game.
DeAndre Yedlin talking to the official club site:
“I didn’t really know exactly where the goal was, but obviously Darlow was out and I was covering for him, and it was lucky that it kind of came my way and I did what I needed to do.
“The first half, we felt we were on top and could have scored two or three goals to put the game away.
“We did show character to come back from 1-0 down, and from then on until the end of the game, we had a lot of pressure on them.
“At the end of the day, I think we’re disappointed with that result.
“I think we felt we deserved more from it. Against a team that’s around us in the table, those are the points we need to be taking. I don’t think anybody is satisfied with that result.
“It (the Burnley game) is huge.
“The fans deserve it (a win) because they have supported us through the whole season, and even through our run where we weren’t playing as well and had some losses, they were still right behind us.
“So if anybody deserves it, the fans do.
“We’re looking to do it – especially for them, to get them excited again.
“And hopefully we can just get a good run started.”
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)
(Alan Shearer spells it out after watching Newcastle 1 Swansea 1 – Read it HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Swansea draw HERE)
(Swansea boss says Newcastle lucky to avoid red card, penalty and defeat – Read it HERE)
(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after the game HERE)