Well, after a promising first twenty-five minutes, it was all Crystal Palace this afternoon. However, one moment of magic pulled Newcastle out of a mire. It was Miguel Almiron who bagged the late winner for his first Newcastle goal.
Newcastle came out unchanged after a scoreless first half in which we started brightly but fizzled towards the end.
The second half started dismally for Newcastle. We were playing at a snail’s pace which allowed Crystal Palace to continue to grow into the game. The defenders who had started the game releasing some threatening runs down the flanks were having trouble finding their targets.
Andy Carroll and Joelinton continued to get zero service when we were in possession which was not often this half.
Sean Longstaff was the game’s first substitution coming on for Isaac Hayden in the 64th minute. Though it was a like for like replacement even though it just wasn’t working.
The introduction of Longstaff did little to stem the tide as Crystal Palace continued their dominance while Newcastle just couldn’t get it together.
Bruce replaced Joelinton with Dwight Gayle in the 77th minute. Our number 9 again struggled to have any impact on the game despite playing in his best position alongside Andy Carroll.
Then against the run of play that moment that we’ve all been waiting for. Miguel Almiron scored a beauty in the 82nd minute.
It was an excellent delivery to the back post from Fabian Schar which found Andy Carroll. The big Geordie headed it back and Miguel Almiron was there to put it in the back of the net.
Almiron, as you’d expect, went crazy and even Steve Bruce ran onto the pitch. What a great moment it was for the 25-year-old.
Newcastle were able to hold on and get a magnificent result out of a lukewarm performance. We move up to 9th place with our 7th win of the season. It certainly wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it.