Can’t really argue with anything that the manager has to say in his after match verdict, delivered personally to M. Salut. His thoughts echo those of the majority of red and white fans leaving the ground and on the radio phone ins. The lack of penetration and the failure to threaten the opposition goal on more than the odd occasion is something that the coaching staff must address and address quickly. That it took a player in lime green to put the ball in the net will not be lost on them. His word of thanks to the supporters will be appreciated but won’t distract from their concerns. Over to the Boss.
Martin O’Neill delivers his post-match e-mail verdict
I’m delighted we came away with something from the game and that we didn’t get beaten.
However, I felt that when Newcastle went down to 10 men we should have taken a minute or two to think, instead of getting anxious about it.
In the final third we were quite clumsy, we could have done better and we should have created a few more opportunities.
In the second half, I think sheer pressure alone yielded the equalising goal and because of that pressure I feel it was deserved.
We got the break and we had time to go and get the winning goal. It might have been harsh on Newcastle, but then again it’s almost like a reversal from our game with them last year.
We could have done better; our flair players maybe looked a little too anxious to impress, but over the course of time they will come into their own.
The pleasing aspect was that even when time was running out we kept at it and applying pressure.
The crowd were willing the ball into the back of the net.
The noise that greeted the kick off was just fantastic and the noise that greeted the equalising goal was something I won’t forget in a hurry!
All the best,