Of the three loan lads, Valentino Lazaro by far looked the best for Newcastle. He was one of the few Magpies playing with any urgency to bring the ball forward.
The Austrian also did a commendable job on Wilfried Zaha, who was kept quiet for significant periods of the game.
Unfortunately, Valentino was given a straight red for his professional foul in the final minute, meaning he’ll be unavailable for the crucial match against Burnley on Saturday.
After the match, Steve Bruce was asked about Lazaro’s sending off. The Chronicle have published some of his comments:
“With 10 seconds to go, does the referee really have to send him off? Is a yellow not sufficient? But rules are rules and we will abide by it.
“He played very well today, we didn’t find him enough – in wide areas, we ignored the lad. We needed to get it out to him, but he played very well.
“Our biggest problem all season has been evident – we have to create more of a threat in the opponent’s area – we have to look at it and analyze it, maybe change is sometimes for the best.”
Bruce mentioned changing things a lot after yesterday’s performance. The first thing Bruce may need to do is bring Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie back in for Nabil Bentaleb and Danny Rose.
The midfield pairing of Longstaff and Bentaleb does not complement each other, and that has been apparent in the past two games. We’ll also need some of Ritchie’s fire at St James Park against Burnley.
Hopefully, Javier Manquillo can come back in at right wing-back and pick up where he left off before he was injured on New Year’s Day.
Lazaro will miss next week, but we like some of what we’ve seen from the 23-year-old. It wouldn’t surprise us if Manquillo comes back and plays well, that Lazaro could put Miguel Almiron’s place at right-wing under threat.
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 )
Total Voters: 1,419