Jake Livermore was delighted to start his second Premier League match at Newcastle - but admitted Sunday’s 2-2 draw ‘felt like a defeat’.
The midfielder stepped in for his seventh start in all competitions so far this term at St James' Park.
We led twice and had chances to extend our lead after Jermain Defoe rattled home the second goal 20 minutes from time.
But Shola Ameobi struck for the home side to level with five minutes left and both teams had chances to win after that.
Jake, unruffled again in the combative central area, said any frustration came from that failure to put the issue beyond doubt at 2-1 up.
“As a team we’ve done well of late, we’ve been in a good run of form and that draw felt like a defeat,” he said.
“We had enough chances to bury the game. At 2-1, we had two or three great opportunities to put the game to bed, but these things happen…”
Sunday was Jake's 11th appearance out of 12 for the first team in 2011-12. “The manager has put a lot of trust in me this season and I appreciate that,” he said.
“I’m fortunate, I’ve had a good start to the season and so has the club. As I’ve always said, I just look forward to the next game now.”
That could well be against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League at the Lane on Thursday night.