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Newcastle Have No Answers As They Fall 1-0 To Crystal Palace



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.


74 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Mr. Brucie is starting to look a little nervous. That -17 goal difference is getting a bit narsty as well….

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Bentaleb and Longstaff are awful. Danny Rose is a lot worse than Willems. Poor January signings. Lazaro looks decent but he’s unavailable now. Joke. Joelinton needs to be played behind the striker or out wide. Got to give Muto a chance.

    4
  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Pathetic performance. Once again we’re in huge trouble and it’s all down to one man…

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Not even looking forward to Burnley game now. They just thumped Bournemouth 3 nil.

    It was the usual abject performance. Bruce for me is worse than Pardew & Mclaren.

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  • crawfordm

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #5

    It is utterly obvious this useless piece is going to take us down . Another post match stating we did not play well and its time we improved – we have gotten worse over the last six months with his players and tactics ????
    Be interesting to see how the goon gang on here put a positive spin on this. This is the worst football I have seen in 30 years.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Still….. the pre-match warmup was entertaining…

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Sean Longstaff has had one good game against Oxford all season. Get rid to Man Utd. Don’t sign Bentaleb on a permanent. He’s worse than Merino, Abeid etc. Poor signing. Has no pace. Bruce has to go. Doesn’t change his tactics enough. Always plays the same formation which doesn’t work. Need to go more gung ho.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Prefomace and the result was totally as expected.
    We all know how it is season ticket holders know what they are Paying for. Happy days! Not!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah that’s another thing. Willems class is even more evident by his absence and then having a supposed top LB/LWB in the PL come and look nowhere near the same level technically. Willems is a special talent. Fantastic technician in every sense.

    3
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Until Jabba sells it’s not going to improve

    12
  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Utter garbage again from the lads who do not deserve the support the magnificent lads and lasses who follow them away from home. They deserve a club who tries, a club with some ambition to be proud of. Sadly this is not the case under MA who is delighted to achieve 17th every season. There will be those like bills son etc who will no doubt come on here to defend the regime make lame excuses time and again and say lads were unlucky blah blah.

    Posters like these, as well as the majority of the players today and most games this season, and MA should hang their heads in shame and ideally should be nowhere near the once proud club of nufc.

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  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Hail

    Nice positive post
    Well done

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Worse GD than Southampton and they were humped 9-0.

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  • logantoon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Week after week of barely watchable rubbish.

    7
  • pitch invasions@SJP

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #15

    A unison SJP should shout “Bruce out” against Burney. He’s awful.
    I’m confident we’re going down with him.

    A new manager might save us though.

    Jib out!

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  • IrishRob

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Our huge problem is midfield, we are non existent with Bentaleb and Longstaff in there. Sure they can sometimes have a tidy touch and decent pass, but both are slow as all hell on the ball both physically and much more importantly mentally. Neither of them EVER look switched on.

    Good god it’s hard to think about what a difference Boubakary Soumaré would have made to this team if he had signed.

    Our biggest problem BY FAR is midfield.

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  • davetoon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #17

    The only thing that saved us, apart from Dubravka, is that Benteke and Ayew can’t hit a barn door

    Just continued where we left off against arsenal

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #18

    We’ve certainly built another fine squad under Ashley and ably managed by a failed Champo manager. What else could we expect? 34 points sound about right for the season?

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  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Plus I’d make majority of the players today walk home. It appears that despite some defending Bruce, he has certainly lost some if the dressing room. Players under kk and wor bobby would have jumped through rings of fire for their manager.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #20

    WE need Shelvey and Hayden to give fight and determination in midfield. Are we really going to allow Matty (a midfielder with goals in him) go free to Milan. So we brought in Bentaleb, Rose and Lazaro when some sort of goalscorer was the needed and we were awash with defenders and midfielders. To go back what happened when Big Sam was here the chant was “You don’t know what you’re doing!!!!!” Clueless deserves this evert match now because he is totally bereft of plausible decisions

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  • hibbit

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #21

    if we go down we wont get a new owner, Bruce will try and pin the relegation on Rafa,

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  • Mag :P

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Honestly we’re the biggest joke in the league.

    Joint lowest scorers, lowest possession.

    Statistically we are the worst in the league.

    We’re meant to be good defensively yet we’ve conceded the most away league goals.

    I don’t care what anyone says, going from Rafa to Bruce has shown exactly where our boards ambition lies.

    Absolute joke. Shit owner, shit manager and a shite team as a result.

    We deserve relegation, our luck has run out.

    41
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Hell we need three teams to get less than 31 points as I cannot see us picking up another point.
    Any one else heard the rumour that Almiron and Maxi don’t get on and struggle to pass to each other on the pitch?????

    4
  • Assassins Inc

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Neil, the headline should read, Bruce has no answers. not Newcastle.

    I gave him the benefit of the doubt, things were not looking to bad, but this way we play is utter shite.
    Every team we play against knows exactly how we play, nothing to predict.
    No fcuking strikers, no play makers, no fcuking clue manager. We are well and truly fcuked.

    Let’s look at some of the under 23s maybe, I mean shite.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Who fancies wor chances in the Champo under Brucie?

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #26

    We should be at least in the top 8 this season. Not good enough. Need reinforcements in the summer and a takeover.

    2
  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Give Muto the chance up front. Bruce will play Gayle because he’s British and he knows him more.

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Meh!

    3
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #29

    WE are a two man team ASM and Dubs. We are in deep sh1te if ASM gets injured. Bruce has got to be prepared to drop Joey and give young Allan and Gayle a start alongside ASM and Almiron.

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  • logantoon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #30

    You question what you are doing with your time. Like it should be a couple of hours of escapism, take your mind off of the daily grind. I have been having an existential crisis by the 35minute mark like.

    4
  • TomaKaThor

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    If like me and have had the misfortune of having watched every game this season… Then you will no we have been abysmal almost every game, and won so many undeserved points that has flattered Bruce… It was inevitable that the luck would stop.. Ashley and Bruce need to go.. Simple as.. Need a better manager but won’t get one with this owner anymore.

    Also my patience has gone with Joelinton but tbh I think that’s because he is average and no average player who isn’t even a striker is going to do a thing in this set up.. Ridiculous.. We need a team of Saint maxs.. Because we are just 11 individuals.. And he is the only one capable of creating nothing from scraps

    4
  • IrishRob

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Surely Charnley needs to start considering firing Bruce!!

    4
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #33

    I want Bentaleb off Bruce, jib and I lip read it was he overruled, who’s running the show

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Mark Douglas@MsiDouglas

    Bruce talked about changing things – then picks same team. No change in tactics. In fact, what are the tactics? What are they trying to achieve? Why are so many out-of-form players continuing?

    Worrying.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m sorry but I really can not watch anymore of this SH1TE it’s doing my fecking head in ! How easy it must be to be a Liverpool supporter.They don’t even need to play well.

    4
  • Assassins Inc

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #36

    The worse thing about all this now is looking back in history and the worse signing this year was 4 million for Bruce and not the 40 million for Joe.

    8
  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Honestly lads we all might as well just find another hobby because things aren’t going to change. People need to make a stand and boycott all NUFC games. We need to make it known that we aren’t gonna put up with it anymore but quite simply people can’t be arsed and seemingly are happy to sit and watch the awful football that’s been on offer for what seems like a lifetime.

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Mag P our luck ran out 13 years ago mate.

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  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #39

    you have to wonder who was below Bruce on charnleys list. pulis? hughes? moyes? ron atkinson?

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #40

    AS
    I was thinking the same
    How much input do the other Steve’s have ?
    You can see why Danny Rose wasn’t getting his game at Sperz
    Fernandez had a stinker , Bentaleb was anonymous
    The ref was inexperienced and it showed
    Lazaro’s red stemmed from a breakout that came from a clear foul on Lobby
    Hodgson’s sides are always a pack of dirty whiney fcukers
    A really really bad day at the office
    Time is quickly running out for Bruce

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