After suffering a disastrous 3-1 defeat to Ipswich yesterday, Newcastle’s day looked set to be a dismal one. Whilst it was a damaging blow for Benitez and his team, event’s that evening helped lift the mood on Tyneside, as promotion rivals, Huddersfield, blew a huge chance to gain ground on the Magpies.
In a day of mixed emotions, we took to Twitter to gain some of the immediate reactions from Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat to Ipswich in the 3pm kick off, followed by the mass Magpie relief that met Derby’s late equaliser against Huddersfield in yesterday’s late kick off.
Firstly, here’s some fan reactions to Newcastle’s shock defeat to Ipswich in the 3pm kick off:
Everyone who says Benitez can't be criticised is absolutely bollocks, that team selection today was awful. Why change from Friday???? #NUFC
— George Gordon (@George___Gordon) April 17, 2017
— Elder Grizzly (@ElderGrizzly) April 17, 2017
We are shot. Look so average. No confidence. Lascelles has to be dropped he's been shocking. We gave 2 awful goals away again #nufc
— Lee Gibson (@Leegib81) April 17, 2017
— Timothy J Higgins (@TheMokPope) April 17, 2017
— Shaker (@Shaker_SH_ER) April 17, 2017
Two hours on from the above tweets, Huddersfield looked all set to close the gap on Newcastle, as they lead 1-0 away to Derby in the 5pm game on Sky Sports.
In the 89th minute, however, Jacob Butterfield’s deflected strike dealt the Terriers a costly blow, handing Newcastle a huge boost in the process.
It’s fair to say Jacob Butterfield will never have to buy a pint in Newcastle, as his goal gave utter relief to the Geordie faithful, seeing Huddersfield lose their precious lead at the death, dropping 2 precious points:
— Thomas Jones (@tomj191) April 17, 2017
Bloody Love Derby county!!! It's give us a bit of breathing room. Win against Preston on Monday and we're up!! #NUFC
— James Birchall (@Birchall_87) April 17, 2017
Before Derby equalised #Nufc were 1/10 to be promoted, they're now 1/100 that's how big that goal was… you're welcome ?
— @nt (@nt________) April 17, 2017
Might get a signed Jacob Butterfield poster and hang it on my wall #NUFC
— Hello, I am Nicky (@ORANGEYPURPLE) April 17, 2017
— EmJay ✌️ (@EmmaKinsey7) April 17, 2017
As for #NUFC, that Derby equaliser v Huddersfield was huge. Because we aren't capable of doing this ourselves, we're horrific right now.
— Marc Jobling (@MarcJobling) April 17, 2017
With minutes of the Huddersfield game to go, it looked set to be a disastrous day for Newcastle, but Jacob Butterfield’s late strike could have moved the Mags one step closer to promotion back to the top flight!