Newcastle looked vulnerable at the back against Crystal Palace today, and we went behind twice with goals conceded early in each half, and while we came back to equalize twice and went ahead with two minutes to go, mainly sur to the brilliance of Rolando Aarons, we still couldn’t hold onto the lead in the 7 minutes of added time, and conceded a goal after 95 minutes to get a 3-3 draw and that was a disappointing result and the overall performance wasn’t much better.
Rolando Aarons after scoring Newcastle’s second goal
We’ll have to reduce our expectations for Newcastle this season if this display against a mediocre side at home is anything to go be – and what was fairly obvious is our defense – which hasn’t been good over the last two seasons in conceding 127 league goals, and still isn’t good enough.
But we also knew that before this game.
Heres the game as we saw it today.
Newcastle conceded after just 30 seconds this afternoon when a Marouane Chamakh shot was bundled onto the post by goalkeeper Krul, and Dwight Gayle poked the ball home to give Palace a shock 1-0 lead.
Maybe in the next game the Newcastle players will be awake when the referee blows the whistle.
Newcastle came storming back, and again looked good until the last third of the pitch, when we couldn’t create any clear-cut chances, although after 34 minutes Sissoko should have done better when he had a decent chance and shot wide from 20 yards out.
But then after 37 minutes Newcastle scored their first league goal of the season, and it was right back Daryl Janmaat who poked the ball home with his left foot past goalkeeper Speroni.
Newcastle were the better side in the first half and attacked most of the time, but giving away a sloppy goal so early in the game wasn’t what we wanted to see.
And it looks like Newcastle didn’t learn from the first half either as we conceded another early goal in the second half, when Puncheon was allowed to fire the ball home past a diving Tim Krul.
And after 57 minutes Krul had to produce a good save from Kelly as the Dutch goalkeeper just reached the ball low to his left to divert it for a corner, and a few minutes later it was Krul again who saved from Zaha, who had been brough on as a sub for Palace.
And then Rolando Aarons came on for Gouffran after 67 minutes and the 18 year-old brilliantly headed the ball home from a Remy Cabella corner – a goal out of nothing for Newcastle – and it was 2-2.
Anita and Perez came on for Janmaat and de Jong after 79 minutes, and it was a disappointing performance from Siem de Jong this afternoon – but another solid performance from Janmaat and a goal too.
After 88 minutes the brilliant Aarons was showing up well on the left wing and beat his man again and chipped the ball to the far post.
The ball hit the post and came out to Mike Williamson who poked the ball home with his left foot from a couple of yards out, for his first goal ever for Newcastle after 139 appearances.
And amazingly the referee added 7 minutes of stoppage time, and would you believe but our defense conceded yet another goal in the 95th minute, when Zaha fired home past Tim Krul to give Palace their first point.
It was certainly a disappointing result today and our performance wasn’t too much better either.
We need to sign a couple of players in the last couple of days in the transfer window, but we cannot see us doing much better than we did last season if this performance is anything to go by.
It was very disappointing – apart from the brilliant Aarons – and the players were booed off the field at the end of a game that 70% of our fans expected us to win.
Alan Pardew has to do better than this with the players he has available – it’s not good enough.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat (Anita, 79), Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara; Colback, Sissoko; Cabella, de Jong (Perez, 79), Gouffran (Aarons, 67); Riviere. Subs not used: Elliot, Dummett, S Taylor, Obertan.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ward, Bolasie (Murray, 83), Chamakh (Campbell, 51), Gayle (Zaha, 70). Subs not used: Hennessey, Hangeland, Bannan, Williams.
Goals: Gayle 1, Janmaat 38, Puncheon 48, Aarons 74, Williamson 88, Zaha 90
Bookings: Mariappa 41, Chamakh 44, Aarons 90
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester)
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