Man City concerns, tiredness & Dubravka criticism – our fan panel tackle Newcastle United's Aston Villa slip up
Newcastle United let two points slip against Aston Villa last night – and we had a fan panel watching the Magpies’ 1-1 draw.
Here’s what they thought about the result, individual performances and what that show means for the FA Cup test ahead.
Tiredness told – ASM the standout
@dubai_geordie – Pete Redding
“That game quick on the heels of Sundays showed tiredness. Saint-Maximin was the only one looking like scoring. Far to many did not rise to the challenge. A good point and now the cup to look forward to.”
Not the best night for Martin Dubravka
@GraemeBell_NUFC – Graeme Bell
“Not the worst result but deep down NUFC will be extremely disappointed with that. Dubravka should’ve done a lot better with the equaliser. But that puts us on 39 points now and 12 points above the bottom 3 - that’s us pretty much safe now.
Praise for Rose
@stevewraith – Steve Wraith
“Pretty even game that. Villa will be happier with a point. Newcastle are another point towards safety and can now focus on a mouth watering #FACup tie at weekend with all to play for. Hayden limping off (is a worry). He wasn't as effective as he was against Sheffield United. Quiet night for Almiron too. My man of the match was Danny Rose. Some good defending and crucial interceptions.”
Two points thrown away
@oldheatonian – Steve Hastie
Hanging on at the end. Threw away a chance to take all three points and make position safe. Couple of worrying injuries for Bruce to contend with. Bring on City!
System switch brought positives & negatives
@geordiedentist – Neil Mitchell
“We didn't deserve anything more than a point. After going a goal up we allowed Villa too much possession. Inevitably they found a way back in. Poor. Going 4-4-2 made the difference for the goal but we've became over run in midfield after that. Frustrating.”
Man City won’t be quaking in their boots
@cm9798 – Dave Black
“It wasn’t pretty and we were holding on towards the end. We ended up looking disjointed as the match wore on. I’m not really sure what Steve Bruce will learn ahead of Sunday. You wouldn’t be quaking in your boots if you are Man City!”