Newcastle United drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers once again last night in the Premier League.
The Magpies went ahead at St. James’ Park through Jamaal Lascelles, before Ruben Neves equalised for the visitors.
On paper, it’s a decent result.
But given the course the game took, many will feel it was two points dropped.
Newcastle had several good chances in the first-half and could potentially have made life very difficult for a Wolves side that have had their struggles this season.
That said, the losses of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin in the game did not help Steve Bruce’s cause.
Both players were extremely lively in the first-half, and their departures undoubtedly helped shift the momentum towards Wolves.
They were probably the standouts for the hosts, but one man who also had a decent showing was Jonjo Shelvey.
Often maligned, the 29-year-old midfielder was good in possession but was much more industrious than usual.
Shelvey showed good discipline when out of possession, and came out on top a number of times against Adama Traore, who was often cutting in from the left.
I’m not going to criticise the players after that, I think they gave their all. I am not a huge fan of Shelvey but I thought he was very good tonight (although I have a feeling Neves was his man to track).
Murphy was good when he came on. I thought Joelinton did well.
— NUFC (@ScoutNUFC) February 27, 2021
I saw plenty of improvement to some individual performances tonight
Shelvey finally looked up for the fight and it was the best i’ve seen of him in a while
Despite Joelinton’s miss i thought he was a handful
Willock drove forward well and almost got his second #nufc goal
— NUFC HQ (@NUFC_HQ) February 27, 2021
To be fair…Shelvey has put himself about tonight. Decent performance. #NUFC
— Martyn Kelly (@MKell07) February 27, 2021
The ONLY positive I seen in that display was Jonjo Shelvey’s worth ethic. Cant recall the last time he ran that much. Need that in every game going forward. #NUFC
— Gary Watson (@SaintMaxiMag) February 28, 2021
Best game Shelvey has had for a long time. #nufc
— Newyorkmagpie (@newyorkmagpie) February 27, 2021
Wolves were in form before the game, recent form table could look worse, let’s hope the injuries aren’t serious, glad to see Fraser bag an assist. Shelvey played his best game this season. Dubravka redeemed himself at the end. Disappointing but not distraught #NUFC pic.twitter.com/I1UW0LwotR
— Glass half full (@StephenGlasss) February 27, 2021
Shelvey had his best game in ages tonight. No doubting his quality but has to keep his passing simple, get stuck in and look interested. He’s done all 3 tonight (so far) #NUFC
— Andy Ives (@AndrewIves4) February 27, 2021
Mad how good Shelvey has been for us tonight. But not one NUFC account has acknowledged it because it doesn’t fit their narrative of scapegoating him. Or they still don’t understand football one of the two.
— Rossalexander (@RosssAlex10) February 27, 2021