Brad Friedel underlined the importance of taking home some reward from St James’ Park after Newcastle’s late rally on Sunday.
We should have wrapped up the game at 2-1 up but Shola Ameobi drilled home an equaliser five minutes from time.
Jermain Defoe forced a fine save from Tim Krul minutes later but the home side pushed forward in added time and might have snatched it in an almighty scramble from Ryan Taylor’s free-kick in the 92nd minute when Fabricio Coloccini had two attempts from close range, missing the target from six yards.
“When you get into these games and perhaps you are not at your best it’s really important not to lose,” said Brad, who made his 273rd consecutive appearance in the Premier League at Newcastle.
“You always want to keep a run of not losing going. Yes, we would have loved the three points and perhaps we should have killed off the game, but coming to Newcastle, it’s tough and we’ll take the point.”
Brad admitted the game became ‘too hectic’ at 2-1. “Once we went 2-1 up we had plenty of chances to kill the game off and it looked like it might be one of those games where we might win three or four-one.,” he added.
“In the end it turned into a basketball match, ‘you have a go, we’ll have a go’ and four or five minutes from the end they got their goal.”
And the goalkeeper was impressed with Jermain’s cameo off the bench, including a fine strike for 2-1.
“We weren’t at our best in the first half but were still 1-0 up,” he said.
“I thought we played better in the second half even though they levelled up, and when JD came on he played really well. He gave us a spark and it was another great finish.”