Every Toon fan in the ground stood to applaud the Geordie and prayed he would get a late winner for his side.
The closest he came to that magical moment was a cross from fellow substitute Allan Saint-Maximan – that was cleared just before it could reach the head of the former Liverpool striker.
Players were seen during the first half telling Steve Bruce that the plan wasn’t working, and boos rang around the ground at half time – the first time this has happened since Steve McClaren was in charge.
The Atmosphere was flat, and no one in black and white did anything to change that.
The fact a substitution was the biggest positive from the game shows what sort of position Newcastle find themselves in.
Next up is Leicester City away and there will need to be an immense improvement if they are to come away with anything from the King Power Stadium.
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