Newcastle got off to the worst possible start against Crystal Palace today when we conceded a goal after only 30 seconds, and it was a poor goal to concede, and again pointed to the frailty of the Newcastle defense. We equalized through Janmaat after 38 minutes to go in 1-1 at the break, but went behind again three minutes into the second half when Puncheon fired home.
Newcastle then labored up front until Rolando Aarons came on for Gouffran and got a goal out of nothing with a header after 75 minutes, and then with just two minutes remaining Aarons flighted the ball brilliantly into the box after beating his man, and Mike Williamson poked the ball home with his left foot for his first goal ever for Newcastle, after it came back off the post.
It looked like that would be the winner, but the referee added seven minutes of added time, and the Newcastle defense again showed their frailty as Zaha was allowed to fire home the equalizer after 95 minutes.
You cannot even say Newcastle deserved to win this game, when we cannot see out seven minutes after we had gone ahead for the first time in the game.
This is certainly not what we needed to see this afternoon, and quite honestly Newcastle were lucky not to be beaten, as Tim Krul produced some decent saves in the second half.
What we got out of this game – Newcastle will struggle to score goals and our defense is too porous at the moment – and we need to play Aarons form the start of games.
Lets hope we can bring a good defender before Tuesday.
This was a poor result for Newcastle and the display wasn’t too much better – especially when you consider we were playing a team who will probably be struggling against relegation this season, and we were playing at home too. 🙁
Newcastle didn’t look good enough this afternoon – in front of the watching Mike Ashley – even though in the end we could (and should) have won the game, whether we deserved it or not.
It was Aarons who made the difference and he should have started this game.
The boos from the Newcastle fans at the final whistle were justified – this wasn’t good enough by a long way.
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