We wanted to see a win yesterday at Crystal Palace but after Newcastle looked good in the first half and Diame scored one of his rare goals after 22 minutes to put us ahead at the break.
But Palace came back strongly in the second half.
They were helped by a penalty given away by Ciaran Clark after 55 minutes as he pulled on the shirt of Christian Benteke, and the referee’s assistant saw it.
These are often not seen, so it was a soft penalty to give away, but a penalty nonetheless.
Goalkeeper Karl Darlow got to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.
Kenedy – had a good game but tired – substituted after 57 minutes
Karl Darlow had made two excellent saves in the first half to keep us in the game.
In the second half, the game went Palace’s way as they got more and more on top – and our lads did really well to hang on for what could be an important point.
The mantra for good teams is if you cannot win then make sure you don’t lose.
And Newcastle did that yesterday with Ciaran Clark making two great blocks near the end to atone for the penalty he gave away.
Kenedy was again outstanding but he was replaced just before the hour mark by Atsu, and he’s not yet fully match fit.
Things will be better when this lad can play the full 90 minutes for us and he again set up the Newcastle goal from a corner – this time for Diame to score via Perez.
The draw takes us one point above the drop zone in 16th place (5th bottom) with 25 points from 26 games – one point more than we had two years ago from 26 games.
Brighton and Southampton both won their games and move above us in the league table.
The worrying thing is these games are the ones we should be winning if we are to survive, with our next game being at home to Manchester United.
We’ll have to try to win that one, and it looks like striker Islam Slimani, who missed yesterday’s game with his slight thigh injury, will be fit for that game.
New goalkeeper Dubravka was on the bench yesterday and may also make his debut, but Karl Darlow had another good game and could keep his place.
We wanted all three points yesterday but were happy at the end of the game that we were able to hold out for the point.
And there were also some good performances from the Newcastle players.
We kept Palace within 2 points, so it’s not all gloom and doom by any means.
And we are 2 points short of 11th place and Watford, who play this afternoon at home to Chelsea.