Wednesday, January 13, 2016 12:43 am
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes his side should have left St James Park on Tuesday with all the three points at stake, leaving the hosts empty handed.
“To be 2-0 up and then get pegged back to 2-2 is disappointing, and to get 3-2 up and not see the game out is on us. We are always trying to play attacking football and sometimes it’s difficult to do so. The problem wasn’t that today, it was the other end and keeping goals out. We felt we should have won.”
But Newcastle also felt that they deserved a point as well.
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum who scored the side’s first goal to give them hope summed up the spirit of the night: “ You never lose a game until the ref blows the whistle, so we fight until the end and see what we’ve got. At half-time we talked to each other and said we must believe we can still win this game. We said we were going to fight and be patient until we get chances to score”
Paul Dummett ensured just that when he scored a dramatic last-minute equaliser to deny Manchester United the chance of reducing the gap between them ad league leaders, Arsenal to just six points.
Newcastle twice came from behind to draw 3-3 with United in a Barclays Premier League classic at St James’ Park.
In a controversial and thrilling contest, Wayne Rooney’s penalty and a Jesse Lingard strike had the visitors two goals ahead, but Georginio Wijnaldum got one back prior to half-time.
Newcastle dominated the second period and Aleksandar Mitrovic won a penalty after tussling with Chris Smalling, converting it himself.
Rooney netted with a stunning finish with 11 minutes remaining, but that would not be enough for victory as Dummett’s deflected effort at the death earned Steve McClaren’s side a crucial point.
The result ensures Newcastle, who stay in the bottom three, end a three-match run of BPL defeats without scoring a goal, while Louis van Gaal’s sixth-placed side have now only won one of their last eight. They are now sixth on the table, toppled by West Ham, who beat AFC Bournemouth in another thriller of the night.