Newcastle 1 Burnley 1 – Wednesday 31 January 2018 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle fail to beat Burnley after taking the lead, making it eight Premier League home matches without a win.
“I’ve felt for a while that the Gods were conspiring against us.
“Last night Swansea beating Arsenal (after Liverpool last week) heaped huge pressure on all our doorsteps.
“Bournemouth spanking the plastics tonight didn’t help neither.
“The half time rumour of Slimani failing a medical practically had me vomiting.
“Atsu spooning one at Pope after Kennedy hit the post and then poor old Joselu doing exactly what everyone feared Joselu would do for the penalty, made me certain of it.
“However, in the face of adversity this team of Rafas did play well on the whole.
“All this amidst the self-induced transfer window circus of doom. Even more frustratingly, it was probably the best performance for a while and really hoped to break the home hoodoo.
“But that penalty miss of course comes back to bite us on the backside and we fail to win at home AGAIN. Any point is a good point, but we have to start getting wins at home.
“Kennedy looks a cracking player. Here’s hoping the loan rangers rescue this hard working team for the fans and the manager, in spite of the owner and chairman trying their utmost to destroy us through bloody minded greed, tightness and pure incompetence in equal measure.
“I’m absolutely raging.
“That’s all I have to say
“We should have won tonight.
“We would have if we could score goals.
“No point in beating around the bush here, for all the usual transfer deadline day carnage and missed opportunities to sign players because of tight-fisted and uncaring owners and useless club personnel, if Rafa continues to persevere with attacking players who don’t score goals then we will not win games.
“The manager still has time to come up with a solution, he has limited options but he still has options.
“Attacking Burnley, Kenedy looked a good player today. The others didn’t. That has to change if we are going to stay up.
“Defensively we graft and have players who consistently play above their limited ability.
“What’s in front of them isn’t going to be enough if the same faces play the same way week in week out.
“It would be a start if someone who could shoot took the penalties.”
“Should have had the game wrapped up but instead another poor home result against a pretty average Burnley team.
“It’s going to be a long hard slog to pick up points playing as we are, both at home and away.”
“Bitterly disappointed with that.
“Missed chances, not least our first penalty of the season, are oh so costly at this level.
“It’s a shame because we created stuff tonight but Burnley have come up with an almost farcical equaliser to steal a point and deny us three precious ones.
“The positive was the performance of the Brazilian, Kenedy, hit the post and has an assist.
“But the fact we dropped the two points will grab all the headlines. Are we ever going to win a home game in this league!
“The transfer window has been farcical, with owner and MD saving a small amount of face with the arrival of Slimani. We’ll need him, because Joselu’s misses are costing us big time. That penalty had to go in.
“This relegation battle is getting brutal.”
“Punished for not taking our chances yet again.
“Atsu, Joselu the main culprits, Joselu’s pen reminded me of the time I first kicked a penny floater towards my toddler!
“The manner in which we conceded the equaliser was indicative of how things are going at the moment for us.
“Finding it hard to see a way out of this mess we’re in unless we start scoring goals.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Burnley 1
Newcastle: Lascelles 65
Burnley: Darlow OG 85
Possession was Burnley 48% Newcastle 52%
Total shots were Burnley 11 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Burnley 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Burnley 4 Newcastle 7
Referee: Simon Hooper
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Atsu (Murphy 64), Diame, Merino, Kenedy (Ritchie 72), Perez (Gayle 85), Joselu
Woodman, Shelvey, Manquillo, Hayden,