Kieran Trippier has called on his Newcastle teammates to turn these draws into wins after a disappointing afternoon against Bournemouth.
The Magpies were held 1-1 at St James’ Park, with Alexander Isak’s penalty rescuing a point for the Magpies.
The result means Newcastle have drawn five of their opening seven matches, and are without a win since the opening day.
While performances have been largely encouraging, it was a different story versus Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s side were incredibly poor in attack, despite dominating possession.
Newcastle had 73% of the ball, but struggled to break down the resolute Bournemouth defence. It was an incredibly frustrating game, in what was a fixture that supporters expected to win.
Trippier comments on latest Newcastle draw
After the game, Kieran Trippier took to Instagram to give his views on the result.
“Showed good character to come back from 1-0 down, but ultimately we must convert some of these draws,” he wrote.
“We work hard and go again after the international break.”
One point not enough for Newcastle
Trippier’s assessment is a very fair one. Newcastle did show character to get a draw after falling behind. Given how the game was going, it didn’t feel like that would be possible after Philip Billing gave Bournemouth the lead.
But the Magpies immediately hit back. The penalty came courtesy of Kieran Trippier, after his cross was handled by Jefferson Lerma. After a VAR review, Craig Pawson pointed to the spot.
Five minutes after conceding, Isak converted a penalty to score his first St James’ Park goal and draw his side level.
The goal wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for Trippier’s willingness to get forward, and he was our best attacking outlet. The England international was a real threat down the right, and some of his deliveries should have led to more chances.
But Newcastle were limp in attack. Howe needs to find a way to break teams down, because at the moment we seem unable to triumph over sides who sit deep and try hit us on the counter.
Out of the five draws so far, this one will hurt the most. This is a game that we should have won, but we failed to capitalise on our dominance. It leaves a sour taste heading into the international break.
But it has still been a decent start to the season, despite the fact it could be a lot better. We are proving to be hard to beat, and now need to find a way to turn these draws into wins.