As nice as it is to steal a point on a day when the play was less than stellar, I still get the feeling coming away from this scoreless draw that I'm in bad need of a shower. From the very start, Newcastle seemed content to boot the ball down the pitch and try to run under it over and over and over. That's not a clear departure from previous tactics under Alan Pardew, but what struck me the most was a lack of adaptability. The strategy clearly wasn't working, but nothing was done about it.
Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers seemed content to play their game of taking a copious amount of shots, even if those shots didn't make a ton of sense, and in the end it was that couples with some serious luck dragons that bailed the Magpies out today. Krul came off of his line several times and was almost burned by the chip more than once, leading to necessary saves from Danny Simpson and Steven Taylor.
Other than that, there's not a whole lot I'd like to remember about this match, except for maybe Cheik Tiote's challenge on Joey Barton that almost seemed to be a wink in the direction of the away supporters. It's a point, so I guess I can't be too upset, but play like that will not continue to garner results on a consistent basis, and that's what worries me.
More on this match later in the week.