It looked like we could win the game at Crystal Palace easily in that first half, but as usual, we missed our chances to go more than 1-0 up at halftime.
Palace came back thanks to a very soft penalty given by the referee’s official, who seemed to be the only one to see Ciaran Clark’s slight pull on a player when a corner came over.
It happens all the time in the Premier League and isn’t called.
Mo Diame – after scoring on Sunday
And as Alan Shearer said yesterday if the officials are going to call those fouls then there will be 10 penalties a game in Premier League games.
Newcastle are having no luck at the moment, but that’s what happens when you are fighting for survival.
Our three best players on Sunday were Mo Diame, Kenedy, and Paul Dummett in that order, and they all had outstanding games.
Mo is a revelation at the moment in central midfield, and it seems Rafa has finally worked out how to get the best out of the former Senegal International.
And Mo has decided he will not return to International football at the World Cup this summer.
That’s excellent news for Newcastle.
Mo got 33% of the vote, and he was followed by the impressive loan signing Kenedy (24%) who lasted less than an hour on Sunday.
But once this lad is match fit he could make the difference for Newcastle and if we survive this season, we could either sign him permanently or get him back on loan at Newcastle for the season.
Paul Dummett had a great game on Sunday, and he’s showing that he’s a much better left-back than some of us had believed.
Rafa has always believed in the local lad, and since Paul has come back into the side, our defense has looked much stronger.
Paul is a very capable defensive left-back.
All three had excellent games, and now all that matters is we take something out of the game against Manchester United at home on Sunday.
It’s going to take something like a shock result against the Red Devils to start our revival – if one is coming.