Today was a perfect example of why Tony Pulis takes a lot of criticism for the way he has a football team play the beautiful game, and he paid the price last summer when Stoke sacked him, because they wanted a more adventurous style of play – a more entertaining style of play.
Fab Coloccini in action this afternoon
And after Palace had great success at Sunderland last week in that 0-0 draw – which was pitiful to watch – one of the worst games to watch this season – Tony tried to replicate that performance at Newcastle today, and almost had another big win today at St. James’ Park, and all but came away with another boring 0-0 draw.
But it was Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse who had previously had three good attempts well saved by Palace goalkeeper Speroni, who headed a great winner over three minutes into added time, and it came from an excellent cross from substitute Hatem Ben Arfa.
And Pulis was complaining that when Cisse scored the game should have been over, but perhaps rather than parking two buses in their own penalty area all game, if Palace had tried to win the game they may have done better – after all fortune favors the brave.
Palace did get some chances in this game – maybe two or three – but it was more a case of Newcastle giving them the chances rather than because of Palace’s out-and-out attacking endeavors, although at the end of the game Pulis said Palace should have won the game and that they had missed their chances once again.
Yeah – right, what game was he watching?
Although to be fair to the Palace manager, we know Premier League managers are under tremendous pressure, especially those managing clubs fighting relegation like Tony is.
Newcastle captain Fab Coloccini talked on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“We tried to win the game for the full 90 minutes. Palace just came here to defend and didn’t create too much,”
“To be honest, when we got near the end I thought it was going to finish as a draw, so it was a very good result!”
“We are happy because I thought we deserved the three points.” “We are happy because we won at home, Papiss scored and that is a good thing for him as well.”
“We are all so happy for him because strikers live to score and he has been a bit unlucky in the last few games.”
“He had a few chances today, which their goalkeeper saved, and then missed one from Mapou’s cross.” “But he never gave up and hopefully this gives him a lot of confidence.”
Hopefully that goal will give Papiss Cisse a lot more confidence, and today he scored one and also had three decent attempts on goal, and every one pf them forced a save from the excellent Speroni in the Crystal Palace goal.
Speroni was also the place star man when we played them at Selhurst Park earlier this season.
Newcastle deserved the win – but we made really hard work of it, and it was hardly one of our better performances.
But it was still another win, another clean sheet and a double over Crystal Place, who we beat 3-0 at Selhurst Park.
We are now 8th top after 30 games played with 46 points, and Newcastle are one point above the Saints and 12 points above Aston Villa in 10th place.
And a win is a win, and that’s the third win in the last four games.