I felt Mark Lawrenson was a bit harsh when Krul came on when he said most Newcastle fans wouldn't have heard of him... usual crap comment. no wonder he doesn't appear on MOFD Highlights as often any more.
I had a feeling we would loose 2-1 before the game, so am happy that we got a draw. Nice to see a game involving us where we had a lot of the ball. But the same old problem as last year, mainly in the first half where José Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez showed they haven't learnt anything and are still crap at crossing the ball. what the hell where they doing over the summer? you would have thought they might have improved.
We were alot better than I thought we would be, but I stand by my opinion that Ameobi is a donkey. everytime he had a chance to head towards goal or shoot, he hit the opposing player! Also bit dissappointed that Gutierrez seemed to go down at times way to easily and that Coloccini actuallys calls himself a central defender as most of the time his positioning is terrible.
Slightly worrying that the teams heads seem to go down when we went 1-0 down. hopefully that will wear off quickly as surely we will not find outselves losing as often as we did last year
But on the plus side, was impressed by Smith as I wasn't sure he could do the holding midfielder role effectively and be a good captain, but had a good game.
Feel sorry for Steve Harper, spends so long trying to get first choice. Finally does it. First game with the number 1 shirt and only lasts half the match. Although fantastic replacement in Tim Krul. Any of us that remember the match against Palermo in the UEFA cup know he has a lot of talent, and it was good to see him get his chance.
I couldn't believe that Hughton went, what I saw as negative when he replaced Carroll with Barton as we don't seem to have the same threat with only 1 up front... more so when that 1 person is Mr Donkey. Personally would have liked to see Xisco given a chance as we paid all that money for him so might as well see what he can do at this level as we didn't give him much of a chance in the premier league.
Overall, I have slightly more optimism for the rest of the season from that showing, but the delivery of the ball into the box has to improve alot and the defending needs to be alot quicker as players seem to mess about with the ball instead of just clearing it