These Were Newcastle’s Best Four Players At Palace

We did get some good performances from some Newcastle players on Wednesday night at Crystal Palace in the 1-1 draw, but once Newcastle went  ahead with an excellent Papiss Cisse goal after 42 minutes, Palace showed more enterprise, determination, urgency  and effort, and in the end we were hanging on for the point after Campbell Fraizer scored on 72 minutes to equalize.

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Daryl Janmaat challenged by Marouane Chamakh

Daryl Janmaat was our Man of the Match and he saved us more than once at Selhurst Park.

Here are the top four players in our poll with how they played on Wednesday night.

Daryl Janmaat 41% – was easily our best player and he made the goal for Papiss after 42 minutes, and he made a terrific block from Zaha on 75 minutes to prevent an almost certain goal.
Daryl attacked well down the right wing and his good wing play and pinpoint cross onto the head of Papiss Cisse gave Newcastle the lead, as Papiss headed home just before half time.
But for the second game running we couldn’t hang onto the lead. Janmaat is  probably our most successful signing of last summer, and we haven’t missed Mathieu Debuchy much at all, because of his good form at Newcastle – he’s been an excellent buy for us for just £5M from Feyenoord.

Papiss Cisse 16% – it was good to see our top goalscorer and top striker start the game for the first time for a long time, and he had a good game and put in a lot of work, before he was surprisingly replaced by Mehdi Abeid in what was a defensive move by John Carver after 78 minutes, following the equalizer by Palace.
And he scored a very good goal with a header on 42 minutes, and that was his 10th Premier league goal in only 17 appearances this season, and we want to see this man start games from now on – assuming all is now well with his knee.

Tim Krul 10% – Tim is in good form and provides confidence to the defense, which has played a lot better in the last three games and only conceded two goals, but we still need to be a lot more resilient.
Tim saved us with a world-class save from a good Hangeland header after 88 minutes, as the Dutch International dived to his right and pushed the ball around the post. Tim has been showing some good form since he returned to the side after injury.

Remy Cabella 8% – Remy provided some flashes of his excellent skills and speed – especially in the second half before he was replaced after 86 minutes by Paul Dummett. One area of his game he must improve is that he still loses possession too often. And that nearly led to a Palace goal in the second half when he tried to dribble out of the penalty area but lost the ball.
But he ran all night and put in a lot of work for the team, and we noticed he was very well behaved when he was brought off by Carver and he touched hands with his replacement Paul Dummett after 86 minutes. Paul was brought on to try to contain Bolasi, who was so impressive and changed the game in Palace’s favor after he came on after 68 minutes.

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15 comments so far

  • Thump

    Feb 12, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Really? Tim Krul? He only made one save, man!

    That said, his passing accuracy was probably better than most others on the pitch…

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 12, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Which teams are we better than at this point in time? Not where are we in the table but who are we better than right now? I would say we are better than Villa, Hull, Sunderland, Leicester, and Burnley. That’s it. So we could finish as low as 15th based on our current play and lack of depth and a proper manager.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 12, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh and possibly QPR. So my 14th place preciction from earlier posts stands.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 12, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #4

    In other words we suck.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 13, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Can I not vote for non of the above? Or even best can I vote Carver for palace?

  • expatmag

    Feb 13, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #6

    So, what have we got at present!

    No De Jong probably season ending.
    No Saylor definitely season ending
    Only one right back, god forbid injury or suspension to Janmaat.
    Tiote injured probably still celebrating in Africa…care factor zilch.
    Aarons still not back after 4 months out.
    Still no sign of Elliott. God forbid injury to Krul
    Ameobi injured……AGAIN.
    No new signings.
    Lots of players loaned out……threadbare squad.

    So, the strategic plan despite this clubs record of injury is to go with what we have.

    Our 25 man squad has been reduced to a 19 man squad with

    Santon loaned to Inter
    Vuckic loaned to Rangers
    Taylor season ending injury
    De Jong probable season ender injury
    Guttierez returned to Argentina
    Ferrerya doing a remarkable impression of the invisible man.

    No Pardew permanent replacement and more probable Carver will get the gig which will ensure relegation next season.


    We have just coined in another 10 mill profit with 4 mill salary savings and our accounts last year should show 50 mill profits.

    Good old Ashley will be grinning from ear to ear as he further shafts us from behind.

    Time for geordie mafia to pay this fcuker a late night visit…..methinks

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 13, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #7

    I notice that when our previous manager said Carver was good enough to be NUFC manager, he didn’t say that he would like to have him at C.Palace.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Feb 13, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #8

    didn’t see the game cos of work but seems like I didn’t miss much.

    13 games to go, so that’s possible 39 points. Top of bottom 3 on 22. We could still be relegated.
    Granted it would have to be the worst run in ever but with things as they are can we really rule that out.
    So please Ed stop with this rubbish every 2 minutes of who we might sign in the summer! Its quite depressing when there is some of them who could make a difference but aren’t gonna go anywhere near us!! That’s assuming we still in the freakin Prem by the Summer

  • Canny in Canberra

    Feb 13, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Re: Geordie Mafia. Am in doubt of there existence. Or maybe they not footy fans. Only explanation for why, considering the sentiment, this man is still drawing breath.

  • Chris

    Feb 13, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #10

    “Our 25 man squad has been reduced to a 19 man squad…….”

    So what? Chelsea only have 18 players in their squad and they seem to be coping quite well.

    It isn’t the numbers that matter – it’s the quality that counts

    04 February 2015

    Premier League – Squad List 2014/15

    Chelsea – 25 Squad Players

    1 Azpilicueta Tanco, Cesar
    2 Borges da Silva, Willian
    3 Cahill, Gary James
    4 Cech, Petr
    5 Courtois, Thibaut
    6 Cuadrado Bello, Juan Guillermo
    7 Da Silva Costa, Diego
    8 Dos Santos Emboaba Junior, Oscar
    9 Drogba, Didier
    10 Fabregas Soler, Francesc
    11 Hazard, Eden
    12 Ivanovic, Branislav
    13 Kasmirski, Filipe Luis
    14 Matic, Nemanja
    15 Mikel, John Obi
    16 Remy, Loic
    17 Santos Do Nascimento, Ramires
    18 Terry, John George


  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 13, 2015 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Chelsea Squad.
    Petr Cech >
    Thibaut Courtois >
    Jamal Blackman >

    John Terry >
    Gary Cahill >
    Branislav Ivanovic >
    Cesar Azpilicueta >
    Filipe Luis >
    Kurt Zouma >
    Nathan Ake >
    Andreas Christensen >

    Eden Hazard >
    Cesc Fabregas >
    Nemanja Matic >
    Oscar >
    Willian >
    John Mikel Obi >
    Ramires >
    Juan Cuadrado >
    Isaiah Brown >
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek >

    Diego Costa >
    Didier Drogba >
    Loic Remy >

    24 in total from my count.
    Source – Chelsea FC.

  • Reyantoon

    Feb 13, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Sadly, Lascelles isn’t playing much at forest.I wonder why? Is that because of injury or loss of form? He has good height and physical strength, though don’t know how good and confident he is on the ball,
    That’s not good given he will be one of our senior CB next season.They have a new head coach now but still haven’t gave him a starting place except some last minute substitution.Have we bought another flop again?

  • Reyantoon

    Feb 13, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #13

    If the Tv revenue jumps that high, other clubs,outside bigger clubs,will start to spend big by we will too,can’t see us just continue spending less than them
    But football is related to one day performance. It doesn’t matter whether u spend big or less b/c what values is that match day result.
    Ayew is a good player but will leave for Afcon tournament every two season or so
    its not worth signing another African based player.Besides, i have doubts on his actual age,someone, i couldn’t remember who that was,told some newspaper in 2011, that his age is 30 now,based on his proof by that guy..

  • Reyantoon

    Feb 13, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #14

    To add,we have unproven Director of Fb ,
    that usually quiet and look don’t move from his sjp office..
    there are some ambitious and industrious dof in PL,who work their socks off daily trying to make their club bigger and competitor,like Daniel Levy of Tottenham,
    I don’t like the way he spends on transfers but he is very ambitious and knows inside out of the players,coaching staff,acadamy players etc..
    He is very determined & courageous in his decisions. we need a person like him who has experience in footballing matters not quiet accountant or sthg like Lee..Ffs!

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 13, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Lascelles is presumably another one of Graham Carr’s triumphs. I wonder how much he had pressed into his wrinkled old rooker for that one?


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