Newcastle came out unchanged after conceding a late goal in the first-half. Crystal Palace should have doubled their lead in the first few minutes.
Van Aanholt’s ball into the box found Jordan Ayew, whose shot hit the post. Then just a minute later, Van Aanholt struck another free-kick that found Gary Cahill, who headed it just wide of the far post.
For the second straight match, Newcastle were overrun in the second half. Our midfield pairing of Bentaleb and Longstaff were thoroughly outmatched and couldn’t get any grip on the game.
It took until the 69th minute to test Vincente Guaita when a long-range effort from Fabian Schar forced the Palace keeper into a save.
Steve Bruce finally made a change in the 71st minute bringing Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie on for Danny Rose and Miguel Almiron. Gayle moved to striker, and Joelinton went out to the right. Though all three forwards had been swapping positions throughout this game.
Dubravka was tested once again just a minute later by Jordan Ayew. Wilfried Zaha found the Ghanaian in the box, who was allowed far too much space, and Dubravka made another great save on his shot.
The game got very scrappy with Newcastle just unable to do anything with the ball at their feet. We had just two shots on target all game which was even lower than our league-worst average of 3.2.
To close the game, Valentino Lazaro cynically brought Zaha down to get a straight red card. This was just a dreadful display and if this team doesn’t sort themselves out quickly, it’ll be another relegation battle on Tyneside.