Steve Bruce did not get the team selection right whatsoever this afternoon. The midfield pairing of Sean Longstaff and Nabil Bentaleb was non-existent and Bruce failed to address the situation until late in the game.
He eventually moved Fabian Schar further forward but both Longstaff and Bentaleb were overrun today. We’re not sure if Bruce feels pressure to start the loan lads but all three started today and both Bentaleb and Danny Rose did not play very well.
We’d like to see both Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden back in the team next week against Burnley. Unfortunately, Valentino Lazaro will miss that match after receiving a straight red card for taking Wilfried Zaha down from behind when he was through on goal.
There is just one threat in this team and that is Allan Saint-Maximin. The Frenchman was the only one showing urgency to level the score. Joelinton had another Joelinton-like performance in which he worked hard but offered nothing in front of goal.
It is just so frustrating watching this team gift possession back to the opposition time and time again. We are second to every loose ball and are completely bereft of ideas when we manage to keep it.
Once again, it’s Martin Dubravka who kept this game from being another lopsided defeat. Newcastle would easily be in the bottom three without him.
We have dropped to 14th but the three teams now below us failed to win. However, the bottom three have yet to play. This club is now in a fight for survival with little to indicate that any improvement is on the horizon.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player At Crystal Palace?
- Martin Dubravka (79%, 1,121 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (9%, 133 )
- Valentino Lazaro (3%, 45 )
- Joelinton (2%, 30 )
- Dwight Gayle (1%, 19 )
- Fabian Schar (1%, 15 )
- Miguel Almiron (1%, 13 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 10 )
- Federico Fernandez (1%, 9 )
- Matt Ritchie (1%, 9 )
- Nabil Bentaleb (0%, 6 )
- Danny Rose (0%, 5 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 4 )
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