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