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.
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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