Newcastle were the better side in the first half, and Crystal Palace were the better side in the second half after they were given a very soft penalty by the referee’s assistant – not by the referee.
Clark gave a little pull on a Crystal Palace player, and you see it all the time in the penalty area when corners come over, and it’s very rarely given because it’s so minor.
But not yesterday.
Rafa Benitez – it was not negative yesterday
Here’s Rafa describing exactly what happened during the game and at the end of the match he was the happier of the two managers that Newcastle got the point:
“We got an extra point, so we cannot say it’s negative.”
“We have to stay calm and be sure that we do what we have to do in order to fight and have more chances to win games.”
“We’re learning. It’s a learning process, but still, we’re playing against good players.”
“Wilfried Zaha can dribble, you know he can, but still, he can do it even if you know.”
“Then we’re trying to manage and do things. But the togetherness of the team’s important.”
“You see it a lot (the pull by Ciaran Clark),” “It’s difficult to say it wasn’t a pull – I cannot say it wasn’t – but also he was pushing my player.”
“The other side will say clear penalty, I will say not.”
“In the first half Zaha was playing as a striker,” “In the second half he went on the wing.”
“DeAndre Yedlin at full-back could deal with the balls in behind, but when Zaha got the ball into feet he did well.”
“Defensively the players did well.”
“In the first half, we were in control and doing well,” “We had another chance to score the second goal.”
“In the second half, the counter-attack made a big difference. If you don’t score the second goal, then you’re under pressure and you have to defend.”
“I was happy with how we were defending against very good strikers. It could be better, but it could be worse.”
“It’s one point in the end, and, more or less, that’s fair.”
“It was very clear from the beginning that we were working really hard, particularly towards the end when we were blocking and running,”
“That’s the only way for us and the others towards the bottom of the table.”
“The fans are fantastic,”
“When you go away, always you can feel them. We would like to win every game and send them home happy.”
“We have more people at home, and if we stick together, we will be stronger.”
Next up are Manchester United at home next Sunday and we somehow have to (try to) get all 3 points in that game.