Newcastle came out in their customary 5-4-1/3-4-3 with Fabian Schar on the left side of the back three. The lads were able to get forward down the left twice early but were unable to create anything to threaten Crystal Palace.
Palace had an excellent chance forcing Dubravka into an early save in the sixth minute. Gary Cahill connected on a lofted corner, which Dubravka did brilliantly to tip away.
Newcastle actually had more possession in the first fifteen minutes but continued to give the ball away cheaply. Nabil Bentaleb was dispossessed in the midfield leading to another Crystal Palace chance. Fortunately, the shot was deflected out for a corner.
On the subsequent corner-kick, Martin Dubravka made another world-class save to rival his first one. This time it was Scott Dann who headed in the ball at the near post forcing Dubravka into an acrobatic stop.
Newcastle continued to struggle looking disjointed while being very lax in possession. Palace created another golden chance from a set-piece in the 23rd minute. Patrick van Aanholt put in a dangerous free-kick that Christian Benteke could only head wide.
In the 28th minute, Fabian Schar had a critical interception on a through ball that would have seen an Eagle through on Dubravka.
The Magpies sorted themselves out somewhat at around the 30-minute mark, enjoying a spell of possession. They were finally able to string more than two passes together as they asked a few questions of the Palace defense. However, they weren’t able to create any clear chances.
Crystal Palace found their breakthrough on a free-kick, which was given away just before the break by Fabian Schar. Former Magpie Patrick van Aanholt whipped in a wonderful free-kick that sailed by Dubravka. What a terrible time to concede a goal.
Newcastle have had more possession and passes than Crystal Palace. However, we’ve only tested Vicente Guaita once on a shot from Joelinton. Palace have been the far more threatening side, and we just don’t create enough chances.
This is just not good enough. After showing signs of life to close the first-half, it all comes undone on a set-piece. In all honesty, Newcastle deserve to be down after such an uninspired display.