By Joe Nelson
Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels has left Twitter following a barrage of criticism from the club’s fans following their 1-1 draw to Aston Villa on Saturday.
The 24-year-old, who signed from Gent in the Summer’s transfer window, has not enjoyed a smooth start to life in England and was beaten at his near post by Aaron Tshibola in the 88th minute as Villa levelled late on in the Championship clash.
That mistake did not go down well with a section of the Toon support and several abusive messages were sent the goalkeeper’s way on Twitter, which prompted him to quit the social media site entirely.
The abuse did not go unnoticed and several fans took to Twitter to show their sympathies for the keeper and contempt for those who hounded him off the site.
Rafa Benitez’s men had led for a full hour after Tommy Elphick’s own goal in the 28th minute and had chances to extend the lead, with Mohamed Diame and Dwight Gayle spurning them.
The Villains rallied after the break, and the spell of late pressure paid off, with Elphick rising well to connect for the equaliser with a header.
Newcastle have a chance to climb the table in the week, as they face the league leaders Norwich at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.
Benitez’s men currently sit fifth in the Championship, four points behind the Canaries, but will be looking to reduce that gap to just one point in that important clash.
In other Newcastle news, Lascelles has delivered some scathing comments following the draw to Villa.