What an absolute sickener – and not for the first time again this season.
It’s hard to know where to start here. Firstly, it must be said that Dubravka needs to do better – punch that cross and we win the game – but A) the goal is scored on 94:45 (with 4 minutes added on) and B) there’s a valid argument that Boly’s arms are totally obstructing Dubravka.
It’s devastating, spoiling what would’ve been an absolutely massive and well deserved win, but it’s fair to say we would’ve taken a point before the game – a small consolation at this stage.
It’s easy to focus on the late drama and controversy, but we MUST praise the performance overall. We frustrated them, weathered storms, took our big chance at one end and defended superbly at the other.
Longstaff was outstanding again, looking the most calm and classy player on the pitch at times, Lascelles was an absolute rock at the back, Hayden put in another commendable display, Perez and Rondon combined well and, up until his late error, Dubravka didn’t put a foot wrong.
Almiron came on for the final 20 minutes and showed real promise. He showed real pace, looked very direct and was all action at both ends, seeming like he’s in good shape to start against Huddersfield in 12 days time.
Here’s how the table looks after tonight’s result:
Next up we have two huge back-to-back home games against Huddersfield and Burnley, with the Terriers coming to Tyneside a week on Saturday:
- Huddersfield (H)
- Burnley (H)
- West Ham (A)
- Everton (H)
- Bournemouth (A)
A tough one to stomach, but there’s plenty positives to take from this one.
If we can compete like that between now and the end of the season we’ll be fine.