Newcastle United dropped 2 crucial points on Saturday evening as they came back from 2 goals down to draw against Bristol City at the Saint James’ Park. The result subsequently saw them drop off the top of the Championship table.
The visitors – a side battling not to drop down into the relegation zone, took the lead just after 10 minutes via Aaron Wilbraham whose header sailed beyond Darlow’s reach.
Newcastle couldn’t find an instant reply but only further got their woes compounded 10 minutes later, as a defensive mix-up allowed David Cotterill put Bristol City 2 goals up heading into the break.
Benitez’s men battled back and soon got a goal on the hour mark as Shelvey’s pressing forced Korey Smith into an own goal.
The visitors kept soaking up the pressure but weren’t able to hold on to the end, with Clark’s header 8 minutes from time condemning them to an 11th game without a win in their last 14 fixtures, and Newcastle extending their unbeaten league run to 7.
Brighton’s victory later in the day saw the Magpies drop to 2nd place who they now trail by a point.
Newcastle United Player Ratings:
Perhaps he should have done much more better for the goals but his defence let him down a lot.
Made some great saves afterward.
Saved Newcastle’s blushes with a late goal while he also did well at the back in a perfect individual performance.
Often let his guard down and wasn’t able to offer anything offensively either.
Save the error that led to Bristol’s 2nd goal, he had a great game and was supportive in the attack.
Was caught napping for the visitors’ opener and indeed he should have done much better. Wasn’t comfortable in possession of the ball too.
With Newcastle seeking to get back into the game, he was withdrawn after the first half. Wasn’t really able to influence the attack like Hayden would have done when the goals were of utmost importance.
Following a poor first half, he was at the centre of it all when play resumed, forcing an own goal and making sure Newcastle looked capable of bouncing back in the end.
Stood out of the park with his work rate and was always willing to work his socks off for the cause all game.
Was missing in action in the opening 45 minutes and try as he might when play restarted, he wasn’t able to influence the proceedings and didn’t do anything to justify his inclusion.
Got a rare chance to start and while his pace caused trouble and he created the first goal, his finishing let him down and that remains the undoing of this fine winger. Could have won the game with a late effort that was struck too wide.
Excellent hold-up play abilities but his finishing let little to be desired and that underlines the need for a quality striking backup to Gayle.
Thrown into the mix as more attacking firepower was sought and despite adding some spark, he wasn’t able to help out with a win.
Came on for the last 10 minutes and couldn’t inspire the team coming off the bench.
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