Newcastle United and Swansea City share a point each after a 1-1 showing at St. James’ Park. It turned out to be an end to end display towards the later stages of the game with both sides wasting valuable opportunities to win it.
Both goals came in the second half and Jordan Ayew broke the deadlock right on the hour mark by tucking in the rebound. Karl Darlow made the crucial first save from Ayew’s headers but could not direct away from the danger zone and Ghanaian made him pay for it.
The Swans could not hold onto the lead for long as the first touch of Joselu slotted in the equaliser from a tight angle. The Spaniard controlled the rebound from Ayoze Perez’s shot and somehow found the back of the net.
The game looked like it was balanced on the edge of a knife with neither side able to create clear chances but hungry to get the winner.
This is a huge blow for Newcastle who have not won a game at home since their 1-0 display against Crystal Palace on 21st October. Swansea are also guilty of not snatching away a win to give their survival hopes a significant boost. They are hosting Liverpool on Monday and will have their work cut out for them.
Newcastle United Players Rated And Slated
Karl Darlow – 7/10
Made the crucial last minute save, but could have dealt with Ayew’s header better in the second half. Did not have much to do in the opening 45 and was sharp when the opposition started pressurizing towards the second half.
DeAndre Yedlin – 6/10