Newcastle have picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace. The lads defended well overall but were put under enormous pressure all match. A moment of magic from Callum Wilson canceled out Benteke’s second-half strike. It was a dominant performance from the hosts who will rue their missed chances.
There were no changes after a scoreless first half. Newcastle enjoyed a rare bit of possession to start the second forty-five but couldn’t muster a shot.
Palace got their first opportunity of the second half just five minutes in. Conor Gallagher’s cross was met by the boot of an acrobatic Benteke. However, his shot was sent over the crossbar.
Benteke didn’t miss his next chance. After some brilliant play from Gallagher to keep possession, he laid the ball off to Tyreke Mitchell down the left. The fullback’s lofted cross was nodded past Darlow by the Belgian to give the hosts a 1-0 lead after 56 minutes.
Benteke almost added his second in the 62nd minute. Michael Olise’s cross was found the rising striker, whose header clipped the crossbar as Newcastle were scrambling to keep within touching distance.
Out of nothing, Newcastle leveled the match at 1-1 just minutes after Benteke’s effort. Ritchie’s corner was knocked back twice before Callum Wilson performed a terrific overhead kick for his fourth goal of the season.
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Jones had readied Joe Willock and Miguel Almiron to come on before the goal. He decided to keep with the double substitution as Sean Longstaff and Ryan Fraser made way.
Benteke soon had another chance that he should have put away. A through ball was dummied by Odsonne freeing Benteke on a one-on-one with Darlow. However, the Belgian’s shot was wide of the target.
Jones made his final change in the 80th minute. Palace had resumed their ascendency after the brief spurt from Newcastle. Jones brought Joelinton on for Allan Saint-Maximin, who could just never get going all afternoon.
Palace seemingly took the lead late on a free header from Benteke. However, VAR alerted the referee to check the pitchside monitor. The goal was disallowed as Marc Guehi had fouled Clark in the box.
The lads were able to hold out for the draw but it wasn’t pretty. Newcastle offered precious little in attack but did defend marginally better. The job was to pick up a result to halt the slide before our next manager is appointed. We’ll take the point.