Who Was Newcastle’s Man Of The Match In Win Against Crystal Palace?

We were expected to beat Crystal Palace yesterday but they played extremely well and are now well organized under Roy Hodgson, and it turned out to be a really tough game.

Palace had large portions of the game when they had possession, but that’s not unusual these days with Newcastle, and even at home we don’t always have a lot of the ball.

But our lads never give up these days, and under Rafa Benitez, they have a winning mentality and in the last 10 minutes or so we picked up our game a little bit and had a few chances.

It was a nice header from Mikel Merino after 86 minutes that won the game for us and the crowd went wild, and after going ahead, we easily kept the lead for those last few minutes.

It was that man Matt Ritchie who put in another fine corner and it was another assist for Matt.

Goalscorer Mikel Merino – he’s the one on the bottom

It was not a good game to watch, and we didn’t play well but we still managed to get all 3 points and move up to 6th place in the league table.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

That’s the sign of good team when we are off-form and still manage to win the game.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Crystal Palace?

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6 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 22, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #1
  • jazzyp

    Oct 22, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone still defending Perez was clearly not at the match yesterday.
    Yet again he had no ball retention, Fell over at the slightest touch and would have better running round in a pair of stilettos for the amount of slipping around he did.
    How long can we afford to keep saying the kid has potential??? And again another game goes by with no end product.
    One game in ten is not a great return on any company employee.

  • Harley

    Oct 22, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #4


    I totally agree, I posted something similar earlier. He was abysmal yesterday. It’s not player bashing, it’s simply pointing out he’s playing bad when he’s playing bad.
    The guy has nothing that makes me think he can do the business. No pace, no strength, no shot, no tricks.

    He tries hard, I’ll give him that.
    How people keep defending him is beyond me.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 22, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Perez – maybe he just needs new boots, preferably with studs to help him stay on his feet

  • Dal

    Oct 22, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunately both Perez and Joselu struggle at this level; they just don’t seem able to control the ball, hold it up, pass to a colleague or run with the ball. At least Perez chases down lost causes; useful given ee lack possession, but they contribute to us not holding the ball.
    Mitrovic came on for 12 minutes, changed the atmosphere before getting on the pitch, held p the ball, gave a focal point for the team, especially the wing play, layed off the ball with feet and head accurately. His presence led to the goal. The problem is he would never stay on the pitch for 90 minutes. He’s the perfect late impact sub until we buy a proper £30m centre forward to make sense of all the effort. Until then we have nine players looking for two forwards to pass to and not having any confidence in them to do so.


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