Leicester (a) Premiership
Half time: Leicester 0 Newcastle 0
67 mins Yet again a ball through the middle was dealt with poorly - but why was it left to Hughes and Bernard to deal with? Dickov took charge of the situation and controlled the ball before lashing it past Given. Another defensive collapse to go along with the brain failures that cost us goals against both Wolves and Liverpool - no wonder Robson has grey hair 0-1
90 mins Bernard scampered down the left and curled over an excellent cross that Ambrose almost connected with. The ball fell to Jenas who hit a decent shot goalwards. Walker saved but Ambrose was on hand to head into the unguarded goal before running to the celebrating away corner nearby. 1-1
Full time: Leicester 1 Newcastle 1
Sir Bobby commented:
"It wasn't a classic, I have to admit. There was a swirling wind, which didn't help really, the conditions, but you've got to play to the conditions.
"I thought both teams played from back-to-front too much. It was too much long-ball for me. The team that got the ball down and tried to pass it in sequence was going to be the one to win it.
"At half-time, we just said 'It's there for us to win, but we've got to be better'. Their danger didn't come from open play, it came from corners and free-kicks, and we dealt with it.
"As long as we did that, I didn't see any reason why they were going to score against us, so when the goal came, it was a surprise."
About our goalscorer:
"He can get a goal, Ambrose. He knows where the goal lies and he's got a good shot, right and left foot, although he scored in the air today.
"He gets in the box - he nearly got us a late winner last week. He almost got on the end of LuaLua's cross.
About Bernard after Robert decked him with a wild swipe at the ball:
"He's a bit groggy and didn't quite know where he was. He did well for the goal - I told him 'You should get knocked out more often!'
"He's all right. He's been checked by the Leicester doctor and we just need to keep an eye on him."
Micky Adams said:
"But we've got ourselves into so many positions this season of winning games and we haven't seen it through. That's happened to us a few times this year.
"But it's very very difficult to be critical of a group of players who have given you everything.
"What I want is to be competitive at this level and sometimes, that's really hard if you haven't spent millions of pounds. But at least we've given teams a game, we're gaining their respect. I'm sure Sir Bobby will be honest with his assessment and say that's probably as hard a game as Newcastle have had this season.
"There's no panic. I said to the players 'Don't even worry about it. We're not expected to win games of football at this club anyway'.
"There's no panic from Micky Adams or any of my staff - not even the supporters. They understand.
"We keep going, and as long as we keep giving teams a hard game, I'll be more than satisfied with that.
"Two years ago, we went down like 'We're down'. We weren't competitive, we'd given up the ghost.
"But there's no sign of that here."
About Steve Howey's early exit:
"I don't think it was even a gamble. He came off last Saturday against Everton but trained on the Sunday, trained on the Monday, all this week. It's a mystery to me, that one."
Attendances for all competitions home and away
Well at least it wasn't
at the public urinal formerly known as Filbert Street....and we somehow salvaged
a point in the dying embers of a match that only spasmodically flickered into
As expected, Shearer and
Howey took up positions in opposition to each other and when the former toon
defender limped off just after the quarter hour mark with hamstring problems, it
looked as if things were working out in our favour. A long-range free kick was
hammered goalwards by Robert and tipped over by a relieved Walker, and other
half chances came and went but we didn't seriously threaten a breakthrough.
In the aftermath of that game, it was suggested in the Tyneside press that the showboating over-celebration of the crowd had affected the players. And while it was perhaps stretching a point to claim that the occupants of the Walkers Stadium had emulated us, it was very rewarding to be able to Mexican wave back at them as they scurried from their seats in disgust, having seen their side turn three points into one yet again.
Once that childish interlude was over though, it was tempting to reflect on an afternoon in which we once again demonstrated our lack of form and emphasised the inconsistency that has dogged our season so far.
Welcome though that
equaliser was though and fervently celebrated, it did let us off the hook rather
and papered over the all-too obvious cracks that have appeared in all outfield
the rest, Shearer and Speed looked their age, the French duo showed little and
Solano was underwhelming despite his new-found saviour status among many fans.
LuaLua once again failed to deliver when given a chance by Robson and one second
half dash forward when he chose to ignore Robert and Shearer either side in
space in favour of a headlong dash into three defenders and consequent loss of
possession may well have sealed his fate.