By Harry Sykes
Moussa Sissoko revealed he was “very proud” of Newcastle after they came from 2-0 down to claim a point at in-form Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
Stand-in skipper claimed a 2-2 draw at Anfield was a “good result” for Rafael Benitez’s team in their bid to escape relegation.
The Merseysiders were in total command at half-time after outstanding individual goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana had given them a seemingly secure advantage.
But Georginio Wijnaldum, who had been omitted from the starting X1 for the second consecutive match, came off the bench at half-time to inspire Newcastle’s fightback.
Papiss Cisse pulled one back after 47 minutes with a fine header and Jack Colback stunned Anfield with an equaliser midway through the second half with a shot that deflected off Dejan Lovren.
Rafael Benitez’s side have now secured five points from their last three matches over an eight-day period and their hopes of Premier League survival are alive.
Sissoko took to social media site Twitter to express his feelings about the display at Anfield.
Very proud of my team with this good result this afternoon. Keep going boys ??. Thanks to the fans to have been behind us. #NUFC
— Moussa Sissoko (@MoussaSissoko) April 23, 2016
Benitez has given his full backing to the 26-year-old, making him captain for the last three matches because of his influence in the dressing room and demoting Jonjo Shelvey to the bench.
Newcastle remain in 19th position in the Premier League but are now level on points with Sunderland and only one behind Norwich.
Sam Allardyce’s side have two matches in hand, one of which is on Sunday when they host Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.
Alex Neil’s Norwich have one game in hand on Newcastle, with their scheduled clash against Watford this weekend postponed because the Hertfordshire club play in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday.
In other Newcastle news, BBC pundit John Hartson has given his verdict on the team’s draw at Anfield.