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Newcastle Stroll To 3-0 Win At Selhurst Park

5:32 pm, Saturday, December 21st, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Newcastle cruised to a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park this afternoon in pouring rain, but Newcastle controlled the game form the first whistle and gave Palace very few chances to score.

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Newcastle players congratulate Yohan Cabaye after first goal

Two goals in the first half from Yohan Cabaye, after Moussa Sissoko served up the pass, and then an own goal from the unlucky Gabbidon seven minutes before half time,  had Newcastle comfortably ahead 2-0 at the interval.

And in the second half it was fairly plain sailing for a well-disciplined and hard-working Newcastle side this afternoon in London, although Palace did raise their game, but missed the one or two chances they did create.

And then four minutes from time, big Shola Ameobi was brought down in the box, and it was Ben Arfa who smashed the ball home for his third goal of the season.

Newcastle began the game in their lucky Brazilian strips (let’s wear these strips more regularly), and started to pass the ball around nicely and the rain came pouring down at Selhust Park.

After 25 minutes Newcastle went ahead, and it was excellent play by Sissoko down the right wing,  as he beat his man nicely and then squared the ball back to Yohan Cabaye who slotted  the ball home – and it was not unlike the goal at Manchester United.

Newcastle had a lucky escape after 30 minutes, and it was some bad defending that allowed a shot in on goal which Krul managed to push around the post, and from the corner Anita kicked off the line as Krul failed to reach the corner.

A good effort by Cabaye just before half time went unrewarded,  as he managed to get through on the right wing via the bye line – but hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper – and it probably would have been best to cut the ball back.

After 39 minutes Newcastle went 2-0 up as an excellent  cross from Mathieu Debuchy from the right wing was turned into his own goal by Danny Gabbidon.

Newcastle were 2-0 up at the break and had controlled the game fairly well,  although there were few clear-cut chances for either side  in the first half.

Newcastle continued to control the game in the second half, but after 64 minutes Cheick Tiote picked up a caution and that was his 5th yellow card of the season  and  he misses the home game against Stoke on Boxing Day.

After 75 minutes Shola Ameobi came on for Loic Remy, who had played well for Newcastle, but hadn’t had much of a sniff of goal.

But after 78 minutes Yohan Cabaye was straight though on the goalkeeper but Speroni saved it – Yohan really should have scored there.

A couple of minutes later Hatem Ben Arfa came on for Yohan Cabaye, who had a classy game today.

And almost immediately Ben Arfa beat a couple of players in the box and got it to Gouffran whose shot hit the bar.

And after 86 Shola Ameobi was brought down in the penalty spot and it was a penalty, and Ben Arfa grabbed the ball and smashed the ball home with his left foot to make it 3-0 and a wonderful 5th win on the road for Newcastle this season.

So it’s another clean sheet for the Magpies and out biggest league win since the 3-0 home in over Wigan just over a year ago, and our 5th win on the road this season, and so much better than the two away wins we had last season.

Newcastle are looking to be a (very) good side.

Howay The Lads!!

Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Julian Speroni; Adrian Mariappa, Danny Gabbidon, Damien Delaney, Dean Moxey; Joel Ward, Mile Jedinak, Jason Puncheon, Barry Bannan; Marouane Chamakh, Cameron Jerome
Subs not used: Lewis Price, Jonathan Parr, Jose Campana, Jonathan Williams, Yannick Bolasie, Kevin Phillips, Dwight Gayle

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi
Referee: Neil Swarbrick



Tags: Match Reports · Newcastle News · Premier League





25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonking // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    repost

    the next game against stoke I’m thinking would be a good one drop remy and give HBA a chance himself.

    I am normally a critic and don’t like him starting but that is when it means dropping sissoko and gouffran who are 2 great wingers that do very good link up play with the FB’s, something HBA doesn’t do.

  • 2 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    A bit surprised it wasn’t Shola who took the penalty. Can’t remember the last time he missed one… and he was the one brought down.

  • 3 toonbrother // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    easy win in the end. even coloshitty couldnt screw this one up. |Cabaye and sissoko joint men of the match for me. 30 points already htl

  • 4 clinath@ed // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    The most pleasing aspect for me, was that the team was picked to win the game OUR way…and not a setup to nullify CP. No respect deserved and non shown.

  • 5 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    The most complete performance by our team this season could have easily been 4 , 5 ,6 nil and Palace could have had no complaints they were bullied by Sissoko , Tiote , Anita and Debuchy which allowed Cabaye to express himself and boy did he do just that he was everywhere in that 1st half and had so many good chances

    Thought Santon and Remy looked pretty jaded and poor could possibly do with being rested or dropped for Arfa and Haidara

    Arfa looked great in the sort of free role he had he should start against Stoke because I think he would be in the mood to destroy them could replace Remy with him and see how that goes

    We need to play 3 in midfield because the trio we have is head and shoulders above most teams and we will dominate teams playing 2 means we lose possession a lot because we get out numbered

    Great away day now spank Stoke on boxing day!

  • 6 JAMSHA // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    my money was spent well on cyber cafe.. watchd the 2nd half + downloaded some albums n porn in that hr :-P … only wished gufo balls would have gone in the net not the post he deserved a goal

  • 7 TorqToon // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Toonbrother – change the record lad.

    Stoke at home next, another very winnable game. 1-2 signings in the winter window, and push on.

    Keep believing!

  • 8 valle // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Great performance by AP and the lads… For the next game I would love to see HBA get a chance in Cabs place behind Remy with Cabs taking over for Anita… Harsh on Anita perhaps, but he is the odd man out of the midfield we have im afraid.

  • 9 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Bring HBA in for Tiote against Stoke.

  • 10 toonking // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    matt le tissier says we are not a CL contender and that their is atleast 4 other teams better than ours.

    the question I would like to ask him who is that 4th team.

    I have 2 that is clearly better, city and arsenal, their is 1 who is better but has just 1 injury away from changing that one is Liverpool who without suaez will be chaos, it was probably proved when playing against us who had 10 men but still drew.

    as for the rest well Chelsea have got their choosen one so if they really that good why are not way ahead of us, united are not the same without fergie, spurs are very poor attacking and everton are certain not a better side.

  • 11 OhSholaAmeobi // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    shame tiote’s suspended, more game time for anita though, all good. just make sure sissoko doesn’t pick up a yellow and miss the arsenal one just before the suspension tally resets! will probably see one of shola or hatem start.

  • 12 OhSholaAmeobi // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    toonking

    i’d say the 4th is everton, been very impressive and a win tomorrow for them takes them 3rd/4th

  • 13 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    HBA in for tiote???? Do you mean for Remy?

    Oh look there he is toonbotherer what a chump. Drop it for your own sake mate.

  • 14 Goodfella // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/live/match/287447/stats
    67% possession just like watching Brazil :)

  • 15 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I think Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs are ahead of us at the moment. But, if we sign 2/3 players in January, we’d have a good chance of finishing in 4th place. That has to be the aim this season.

  • 16 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    No Tsunki Sir.

    I meant TIOTE

  • 17 manxpie // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    thats the best i’ve seen cabeye play for us in the more advanced role he sometimes goes completely missing for us up there
    but today he was brilliant and we seen him out wide quite a few times which for me is a 1st

  • 18 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Spurs and Arsenal need strikers as do we.

    Man City and Chelsea have the best squads.

    Man Utd need a new team.

  • 19 wolfshead@toon // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    torq

    1-2 signings if pards gets ash drunk at xmas and makes him open his cheque book :-)

  • 20 valle // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Tiote is suspended? Then its easy… Cabs goes further back alongside Anita and HBA comes in and play just off Remy in the role Cabs had today… He looked great in that role.

  • 21 toonking // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    kets
    spurs???????????
    this is not football manager, this is the real Barclays premier league and spurs are the only team out of the big 7 that have got a negative goal difference YES a NEGATIVE GD.

  • 22 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Hmm maybe 4 teams are better but that doesnt necessarily count us out as beng contenders, so a btt of a limp statement there. Not long ago he would have included Spuds as better than us as well, just goes to show things are never set in stone.

  • 23 manxpie // Dec 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    plus toonking they’ve sacked there manager at the time which can make or break your season
    thats why i really can’t understand the clarke sacking!
    i actually think spurs will do well to finish top 10!

  • 24 JP...from The Rock // Dec 21, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    It sucks that I missed the match but really glad we won! Our 5th away win of the season already, and a clean sheet :) It’s all good, the players are doing great, Pardew is doing great with his tactics and subs and we look more solid and comfortable on the pitch compared to last season.

    We are grabbing 3 points in games we would have lost or drawn in the past, that bodes extremely well for the future.

    What would make this Christmas extra sweet would be to bolster our team with a couple of quality signings. I still feel we lack that extra bit of class especially from the bench, compared to our rivals for top 6.

    If we manage to get those signings in this winter, who knows how high we can go, one thing is for sure, it’s definitely exciting! :D

    HWTL

  • 25 fatash // Dec 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Tiote had a decent game but the one aspect of his game I don’t like is he needs to be under pressure because if he has time to dwell on the ball he nearly always makes the wrong decision putting other players under pressure or himself hopelessly wrong footed




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