By Harry Sykes
Jamaal Lascelles was furious that Newcastle dropped points against Aston Villa on Saturday evening.
Rafael Benitez’s side drew 1-1 against their fellow Championship big hitters after failing to hold on to a 1-0 advantage at Villa Park.
Aaron Tshibola headed a late equaliser as the home side fought back to draw with Newcastle in a meeting of two of last season’s Premier League teams.
Newcastle dominated the first half and led when Tommy Elphick turned DeAndre Yedlin’s cross into his own net.
Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame both missed chances to double Newcastle’s lead before the hosts staged a comeback.
Mile Jedinak had a header ruled out for offside and Jordan Ayew hit the post for Villa, before substitute Tshibola met Ayew’s corner at the far post.
Magpies skipper Lascelles, who played the whole 90 minutes of the fixture, took to his personal Twitter account to express his displeasure at his team’s failure to secure all three points.
“That feels like a loss to me, we need to learn to manage the game better and see teams off,” Lascelles said. “Fight back Wednesday.”
That feels like a loss to me, we need to learn how to manage the game better and see teams off. Fight back Wednesday ⚽️
— Jamaal Lascelles (@Lascelles16) September 24, 2016
Newcastle have dropped to fifth in the league after taking only one point from their last two Championship matches.
They host league leaders Norwich at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.
In other Newcastle news, supporters have given their Twitter verdicts on DeAndre Yedlin’s display against Villa.