Merino The Hero With Late Goal To Get 1-0 Win Against Crystal Palace

In what was a poor game this afternoon at St. James’ Park in front of another sell-out crowd, and 21-year-old Mikel Merino was the hero with a late headed goal after 86 minutes.

That allowed Newcastle to take all 3 points and keep a clean sheet after conceding two sloppy goals at Southampton last week.

It was an important win for the Magpies – our 4th of the season – and the 3 points take us up into 6th place in the league table so the result was fabulous even if the display wasn’t.

But Newcastle can find a way to win these games – even when we have an off day and young Mikel Merino tonight will be the hero with his first goal ever for the club.

Roy Hodgson played a 4-4-2 system against Newcastle this afternoon with former Newcastle winger Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha the two men up front.

Just like they did last week at home to Chelsea, they caused some trouble for us, particularly in that first half.

Mikel Merino –  after scoring the winner

It was an even first half but the lack of creativity in the Newcastle team was in full view as we struggled to break down a well organized Palace side.

The best chance we had fell to winger Christian Atsu but his left foot shot went into the side netting.

Former central midfielder Yohan Cabaye demonstrated his wild tacking and could have received a red card after bringing down DeAndre Yedlin with a late tackle, but he only got a yellow.

The pitch made it hard going although Newcastle improved after the break but we still couldn’t create too many chances.

Rafa brought on Merino after 55 minutes for Hayden and then Diame for Perez (66 mins) and finally Aleksandar Mitrovic for Joselu with just 12 minutes to play.

That was the first time we have seen of Mitro since he was sent off late in the 3-0 win against West Ham for elbowing Manuel Lanzini whio9hc was out first win of the season.

It was another assist for – you guessed it – Matt Ritchie – who sent in a corner after 86 minutes and it was Mikel merino who headed the ball past Speroni for the winning goal and the crowd went wold.

That’s 14 points from our first 9 games and we now need only 26 points to survive for the season – in 29 games.

We are in 6th place – we’ll take it.


Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Hayden (Merino, 55), Shelvey; Ritchie, Perez (Diame, 66), Atsu; Joselu (Mitrovic, 78).
Subs: Darlow, Gamez, Clark, , Murphy

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Dann, Cabaye, Townsend, Zaha (Loftus-Cheek, 77), Sakho, Schlupp, McArthur (Sako, 88).
Subs: Hennessey, Tomkins, Fosu-Mensah, Puncheon, Riedewald.

Goal: Merino 85
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Nuneaton)
Attendance: 52,251

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11 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Strange position Palace find themselves in. I would say they are a better side than Southampton. It would maybe help if they had a striker. I wonder what Carlton Cole is up to these days.

  • swemag

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Carlton Cole, good one. How many London teams did he play for…need to check wiki.

  • Thump

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #3

    A result is a result, but that was a terrible performance. Don’t give any credit to Palace, either – they were absolutely atrocious. We basically gave the ball to them at every opportunity and refused to try and get it back. Townsend was running down their left at one point, and we had four men around him just watching him.

    Any other team would have buried us before the 20th minute. We got away with that today. Massively.

  • davetoon

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #4

    These 3 pts will be invaluable when we get nearer to end of season. Also condemning palace to relegation hopefully will take one of the 3 places.
    May give us a shot at taking Zaha or traitor boy should we want them.

  • Toon1978

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Outstanding goal. Nothing more to say about that game. Sitting rosy in the league with maybe a maga rich owner taking over next year. Cherry on the cake ‘)

  • sparky55

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #6

    point is we wud have lost that game under a different manager.

    We’re proving difficult to beat now and every now and again (probably another 5 games at least) we’ll play just as bad…so it’s how many points we rescue from playing that badly will determine how quickly we get to safety.

    Palace will quite rightly feel robbed today and we’re all absolutely delighted to get 3 points after playing so badly…well tough sh!t palace…sh!t happens 🙂

    We’ll be safe by March at worst and in new hands with a massive transfer budget…so as that great song goes….thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiings…will only get betterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • manxpie

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Makes last week worse for dropped points really as we played much much better than today and would be joint 4th!!
    Defence we look very solid, midfield decent but our forward line is still a worry where could we be if we invested in the place where we all could see needed some investment?

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Shite game by the sounds of it but excellent result.

    Just seen merino’s goal, class header that.


    Leech out!

  • jane

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #9

    top goalscorer is going to be close

    Joselu 2
    Jamaal Lascelles 2
    Christian Atsu 1
    Ciaran Clark 1
    Isaac Hayden 1
    Mikel Merino 1
    Aleksandar Mitrovic 1
    Ayoze Perez 1

  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Any significance in Sting and Jimmy Nail being at the match ?
    Sting has just finished a tour of Russia and Eastern Europe

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #11


    Must say I’m surprised to hear that Sting was with Jimmy Nail. Maybe SJP’s the place to be seen! No doubt we’ll be seeing other Geordie superstars and A-listers rocking up as the season goes on!


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