For the third game in a row Newcastle went ahead in a rather boring game tonight at Selhurst Park, and it was returning striker Papiss Cisse who scored for Newcastle after 42 minutes.
But just like against Stoke City on Sunday we couldn’t hold onto the lead, and after 71 minutes substitute Frazier Campbell hit the ball home from close range, after an excellent Yannick Balose cross, and the former Sunderland striker just got to the ball as he slid in from close range.
Papiss Cisse scores Newcastle’s goal
But this was an uninspiring game tonight by both sides, and John Carver has to get some life out of his players.
Newcastle were fairly composed in the first half, and just before the break Moussa Sissoko had the ball in the center of the pitch and he stroked the ball out to Janmaat on the right wing and Daryl made a bit of progress down the wing and then sent over an inch perfect pass and Papiss Cisse headed home with a great header.
That was Newcastle’s first shot on target in the game, and that was Cisse’s 10th Premier league goal of the season, and that was the third game in a row we have scored the go ahead goal.
And after Cisse scored there were some metal objects thrown on the pitch and Coloccini seemed to be in the way of one of them – and the Newcastle captain alerted the referee but nothing was done.
But in the second half Crystal Palace came back into the game, and Newcastle for the second game running couldn’t keep the lead, although we looked fairly comfortable at the back.
And Hangeland almost scored at the death with a good header, but Tim Krul made a great save low down to his right to save the point.
But draws will not get us up the league and a win is really what we need, and it looked like the only shot on target for Newcastle tonight got us a goal – so John Carver has work to do to get Newcastle some wins, and to get the players to shoot.
A win would have been great tonight since Stoke went down 4-1 at home to Manchester City.
We cannot complain too much because it was a lot better than a defeat – but when we get ahead in these games we have to learn how to lock up the win.
Next up is a trip to Manchester City a week on Saturday.
That’s seven games in charge for John Carver and we have one win, three draws and three defeats – and that’s not very good.
In the six league games John had managed we have 6 points – one win, three draws and two defeats – uninspiring stuff.
We remain in 11th place in the league with 32 points from 25 games, just one point behind Stoke City and two points behind Swansea, so we could still catch those two clubs and get up to 9th place.
Crystal Palace (4-4-1-1): Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Hangeland, Kelly (Bolasie 68), McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Zaha, Chamakh (Gayle 66), Sanogo (Campbell 26).
Subs not used: Hennessey, Mariappa, Mutch, Murray.
Scorer(s): Campbell 71
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Haidara; Colback, Sissoko; Cabella (Dummett 86), Perez (Riviere 91), Gouffran; Cisse (Abeid 78)
Subs not used: Woodman, R.Taylor, Anita, Obertan.
Scorer(s): Cisse 42
Booked: Janmaat, Colback
Referee: Andre Mariner