Newcastle 1 Swansea 1 – Saturday 13 January 2018 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle fail to beat bottom club Swansea at home and lucky to come away with a point.
“Not what anyone wanted. Gayle with a hat-trick of missed chances didn’t help.
“Not the worst we have played and really we should have won the game, but typically of home form, we couldn’t force it.
“Ritchie is struggling to make anything happen but he’s not the only one.
“Disappointed again. Frozen again.
“Just as well we’ve an easy away game next.”
“Either team could have won it in the end, both teams will think they should have won it.
“We had so many good chances in the first 30 minutes that the game should have been over, they will say that Diame handled the ball and it should have been a penalty and a red card.
“The goal we conceded was the soft sort of goal we don’t let in too often, the chances we missed were the sort of good chances we miss every week.
“Doesn’t take a genius to see where the money needs to be spent.
“Was a lot like Bournemouth game tho and we lost that one despite the oppo being there for the taking early on, so I will take the point on this one.
“Swansea are one of those handful of teams who should finish below us, so it is difficult to know whether a point is enough.
“For the 20th time this season tho, I can’t fault the teams application and effort, just their ability.”
“That’s another two massive points dropped to add to the Brighton result. This could be the difference between staying up or going down.
“Some may say the two home draws weren’t bad results considering we didn’t lose, they’re wrong. They are both terrible results.
“The dire performance served up today was completely unsurprising.
“Rafa is one of the most negative managers we have ever had when it comes to home games. He is up there with Sam Allardyce.
“For the past 18 months we have had only a handful of quality performances played at St James Park…and that’s with a Championship season in there!
“Rafa is one of the best managers we have ever had when it comes to away games.
“When it comes to home, totally unacceptable.
“This is Newcastle Utd.
“Home form is and always will be our bread and butter.”
“Absolute shocker, two massive points dropped and this ridiculous run of home form persists.
“This time though, the usual suspects are absolved in my book, Diame having a good game in the holding role and Perez more than doing his bit behind the front man.
“Awful stuff from Gayle, missing two free headers feebly and a clean through 1 v 1.
“Shelvey utter rubbish, I cannot get over the ego of the missed free kick towards the end of the first half from within the D.
“Anyone knows that power from there will give you a great chance of a goal but he goes for the champagne effort and misplaced it pathetically.
“If this season goes tits up, this game will be a prime exhibit.”
“Championship players playing Championship football.”
“Hoping results go our way is not going to work.
“If something needs fixing, you pay a person who knows how to fix it to do it.”
“It was hard to watch that today.
“I can’t remember ever seeing a team so there for the taking, Swansea were begging to get beat in that first half.
“Again our frequent inability to hit the target has cost us.
“0-0 at half time gave them hope when we should’ve been out of sight.
“A point not the end of the world though.”
“The team that started today was the side from our Championship campaign.
“The lack of investment on clear display, especially among the forwards.
“A stack of chances once again go begging. We just about got away with it today thanks to that Joselu goal, but this was a game we really needed to win.
“We’ve seen the bottom side dominate the possession and take the lead halfway through the second half. Scary stuff.
“It was a week that saw Peter Beardsley suspended for alleged bullying and racism.
“A takeover in stalemate with fans in the dark as to what Mr Ashley is playing at and a manager in the dark as to what his January budget is.
“Rafa may have been all smiles in his press conference yesterday but the club has much wrong with it.
“A win today would have really been boost for everyone. The point leaves us in the thick of a hugely congested Prem table.
“Relief all round today that Yedlin cleared Bony’s shot off the line. Now that would really have stung had it gone in.”
“Two points from four home games against Bournemouth, Watford, Brighton and Swansea.
“That could, and I think at present will, cost us our PL status and who could say it’s unjust after those results.
“Shelvey again not good enough but it’s a shame he wasn’t on those set pieces at the end.
“Not good enough.”
“More positive starting outlook would have been better.”
Davey Hat Trick:
“We played with purpose and endeavour, but if you want to spurn four decent opportunities, you’d better be Man City.
“It was sadly predictable that Swansea scored when we should have had a comfortable lead.
“One of the culprits – Gayle – was upstaged by Joselu, who scored from a tougher position than others had missed from.
“If this had been the first game of the season, I’d have said we should take the positives.
“For example, Perez and Diame are putting a lot more in than they were earlier in the year, and we were by far the better side.
“But you have to win these games. Swansea are odds-on to go down, and if we can only muster a draw against them at SJP, there are no positives to take at this point in the season.”
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)