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Newcastle Hold On For 1-1 Draw At Crystal Palace

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.

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.

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84 comments so far

  • Warwick Hunt

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #1

    The best part of the match for me was the fact that the stream I watched it on was bein sports lol.

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Jones has only had the reins 3 or 4 days.

    Give it time.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #3

    It was a blatant foul which wouldn’t have happened without VAR.

  • jane

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle have scored in each of their last 7 matches.

  • sparky55

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think we deserved a point there…but we got one, and looked a bit better after the Wilson goal.

    All I was asking for today was an improved performance…I only just got that and we got a point so a good day at the office all in all IMO.

    Baby steps lads…onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and roll 🙂

  • SholaShow

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #6

    From the last thread.

    Fraser has never been and never will be a CM.

    Not sure why he started there ahead of Almiron given the job description in this system – break up play, make interceptions and spring counters before linking up with the two forwards.

    His game is entirely based around playing advanced on the LW, finding space to receive the ball high up the pitch on counters and providing crosses.

    Still a poor showing from him, least get involved more.

    Longstaff worst of the lot though.

    I think Krafth epitomised the fighting spirit today and along with Manquillo stymied the flow on their side of the pitch quite well. Beaten in the air first-half for the Benteke header that hit the post, but a bit of a mismatch.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Catchy the only Newcastle fan happy that Watford won today.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Exactly, saved by the VAR, Jail.

  • naptoon

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Not a great performance but a good point against a decent and improving palace away. Summick to build on …. onwards and upwards.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #10

    We look so much better with Miggy and Joelinton in the team. Longstaff needs benched, too slow at everything for me. In an organised Rafa team he played his part but was nothing special then. But his competion is Willock, Shelvey and Hendrick. Maybe that’s why he’s in. Can’t question his effort and commitment mind.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Jones – Rafa in disguise – same tactics defend like hell hoof it long to our centre forward who hasn’t a chance – ball comes straight back
    People slate Joelinton – missed him today with his link up play with ASM
    ASM – twice the player with big Joe
    Jones 3 or 4 days thought he was in charge for the past 12 months according to some on here!!

  • Tyran21

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Same old but better organized? Think I over estimated Jones to get a miracle win. Jones choose the cautious route, to not lose. Pretty sure we will see the same thing against Chelsea. Only thing Jones can improve in this short time is come up with a counter attack plan. Vieira did a great job at Crystal Palace though.

  • sparky55

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Longstaff has great potential, but needs a good coach to bring out the best in him. He was poor today…their goal was his fault…another cr@p pass.

    He’s a bit headless at the minute and never makes a good pass under pressure…and in the Prem you get no time on the ball so he needs to sort that part of his game.

  • Scythe

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #14


    How do you think Krafth did at RB today?

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Played for a point and got one. A bit of luck, but we looked much less open than we have all season. And Jones playing in a very unJones way was a surprise to me.

  • hibbit

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #16

    personal i dont give 2 hoots how we got that point just that we did,
    Jones now has week to work with these players, these are the players he has to work with till January so every point counts in keeping us in touch, no matter how hard the match day wums on here moan,

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Krafth with an asset today.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Assist even

  • surreytoon

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Need some players to come into form. One step at a time I guess. Wilson the saviour again. Joe Linton looked decent when he came on. Longstaff and ASM need to step it up. Richie waning. Fraser, added nothing.

  • coming home

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry Longstaff is crap as is Frazer
    Good point today but could have been all 3 if miggy willock and Joe started

  • Mag52

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Good point lads.
    Proved the pundits wrong.
    Same again next week.

  • Jarra

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #22

    It wasn’t the line up I was hoping to see but, a very important point against one of the teams in our mini league especially after I thought Palace had won with that bullet header.

  • magicmac54

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #23


    I totally agree with all your points about Longstaff sparky.

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #24

    a point is a point at the end of the day, that point could save our season, I wasnt over joyed at jones first 11 though, I understand clarke is left footed but id rather have schar and fernandez in our defence really

    almiron should have been on from the start and willock should have been in place of longstaff needs a good kick up the arse hes far to over rated needs coming down to earth with a bang, they need to get training twice a day no days off they have had it nice for to damn long needs a manager in pronto and I mean pronto

  • SholaShow

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Chelsea is a free-hit with zero expectation of any points.

    Hopefully with a full week of training under our belts we’ll give them a game.

    Then a new manager comes in and we really need a bounce to get us 3pts against Brighton.

    Would still be in the dropzone in all likelihood but only by a point or two with a fresh outlook, some positivity and two weeks of training for the new manager to start making an impression.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #26


    come on, that was a shyt show today,that formation was to blame, Krafth is not a CB.
    if your happy with that, says more about you.

  • martoon

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #27

    We got a large slice of luck today with their missed chances, VAR and Wilson scoring a worldy. However it was good to see Jones making positive substitutions, even after the equaliser, and with plenty of time left rather than with 2 minutes left.

  • arpeco19

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Perfect opportunity for Jones to change it today and give the defence a bit more solidity by playing 4-2-3-1. But no, he plays similar tactics to what has previously gone. Wilson starting on right side of attacking 3 with Saint Maximan up the middle, Longstaff left in centre midfield by himself, Ritchie definitely not comfortable playing at left back/left wing back, something like 33% possession. Nothing really changed. Overall a very poor performance and we made Christian Benteke look like he’s just won the ballon D’or, not Schars biggest fan, but he’s better than Krafth and Fernández is better than Clark. Wilson will score goals if you play him in his right position and give him service. Players are all over the place in general. I suppose it is really about the result but when you can’t pass, control or have any sort of possession on the ball you don’t stand a chance. You can tell the players have had more time of than training as it shows in their performances. ?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Jones picked an awful team today. Can’t believe Lascelles and Clark were starting again. What was wrong with Fernandez. Schar should be playing. Much better than Lascelles and Clark. Need to give Lewis a chance. Need someone bombing down the left. Longstaff and Hayden and awful. I’d start Joelinton and Murphy in the middle against Chelsea.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Well the bloke who told me I hadn’t a clue about Lobby can wind his neck in now I guess

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #31

    We need Dummett back as CB. Our resurgence will co-incide with his return to the side

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #32

    gone of the days when we heard author cox bashed in the doors in the changing rooms because players didnt do as he told them what for a manager like that nowdays

    I am happy with a point but i am far from happy with jones first 11 this is the reason new manager needs to be appointed quickly like next week

  • sparky55

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Just watched Jones’ after match interview on Sky.

    He’s missing the ‘Gaffer”… I have no words!

    We we good off the ball apparently (we never saw the ball so I guess that figures) but we were not so good with the ball!

    Best bit was Jeff Stelling clarifying our new owners stance on traditional clothing and head wear…the message is “crack on lads…we’re an all inclusive club now and the new owners approve

    Me Dishdasha is making a comeback

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and roll! 🙂

  • toonluvva

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Longstaff has until January to prove that he is an essential member of the NUFC squad. It is no good him relying on his Geordie heritage, he has to produce the goods on the pitch. If we have to shift him out it will be a shame but he must deserve his place.

    Hopefully, the players will have realised that their places are in jeopardy once the January window opens and start to pull out the stops for the team. Very few can believe themselves irreplaceable, and that includes Shelvey especially. I believe that had Rafa remained he would have been sold.

    I hope we don’t approach the Chelsea game with the old Bruceless remit of them being a better side, which clearly they are, but even good sides should be tested by the opposition. If we press hard and get in their faces, we might should snatch a point. Frankly if we play well and lose it won’t in itself be a disaster in my opinion.

    HWTL !!!!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #35

    ???| Billy Gilmour has been seen celebrating in the tunnel with Chelsea players at full time.

    Higher ups at both clubs now think he’s loan will be terminated.


  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Murphy Dummett Lascelles Ritchie
    Almiron Hayden Wilock Joelinton
    ASM Wilson

  • magicmac54

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #37

    I think we would all take battling performances like today, it might not be pretty on the eye but who cares, its results that count given our position in the league, i would take crap football from now to January if it meant picking up the odd point or 3 along the way. HWTL

  • lesh

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #38


    Or anyone else who likes electric blues music, Sky Arts (Freeview 11) showing a Buddy Guy programme tonight, 10pm ish.

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #39

    the way things are we need 5 players in jan, central defender left side, a ball winning midfielder, 2 strikers and if they can get there hands on an accomplished sweeper we might have a chance on staying up, they need to get to 18 points by christmas

  • Ashingtoon62

    Oct 23, 2021 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Aye Sparky when Jeff read out the club statement,it made my afternoon haha!


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