Newcastle Coudn’t Sustain Their First Half Display – But A Decent Point


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.

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3 comments so far

  • Shoulders knees

    Feb 5, 2018 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Cheers Ed,
    Hope you are ok?

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  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 5, 2018 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Kenedy?

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  • Premiership Manager

    Feb 5, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #3

    According to Benitez we need 40 points for safety, that leaves 15 points from 12 games with Man Utd, Liverpool, Tottenham, Leicester, Arsenal and Chelsea to play and our winnable home games being Southampton, Huddersfield and West Brom, leaving Everton and Watford away in the hands of the gods.

    Even with Slimani if we persist playing 1 up front we will struggle. It’s been a tactic that hasn’t work all season yet Rafa has been rigid in his tactics and team selection, despite everything screaming we need a change, we need results.

    Crystal Palace got back into the match yesterday but if we had got that second goal it would have been a different scenario. Once Palace equalised it was lets shore up the midfield and hold out for 1-1 a result we couldn’t afford. Put simply we needed the 3 points and we should have set our stall out to turn the screws up.

    Gayle’s body language was awful and Ritchie was ineffective. Shelvey went missing when the pressure was on and was lucky not to have given a penalty, when will he learn?

    Where was Murphy, he’s getting better and better but not getting time on the pitch despite being able to open up a defense, create chances and scoring a very good goal.

    The youngsters need to be let loose, play 4-3-3, Merino, Diame and Shelvey in midfield and Kennedy, Slimani, Murphy up front or Perez if Slimani is unfit. More movement, more problems for the opposition but most importantly players who can create chances and score goals in a more positive formation.

    Most of our goals have come off set pieces and that tells us everything that is wrong with the current, one up front formation, it’s flat, easy to defend against and is ineffective. Rafa needs to change it up.

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