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Ascendant Newcastle Enter Break Without Elusive Goal At Crystal Palace

Newcastle have been on the front foot for the bulk of the opening 45 minutes at Selhurst Park. Once again a first-half goal proves elusive as the break arrives in a scoreless stalemate.

Newcastle were set up in their 4-3-3 with Pope behind a back four of Trippier, Schar, Botman, and Burn. In the midfield were Guimaraes, Longstaff, and Willock. Wilson led the attack with Joelinton on the left and Almiron on the right.

The Magpies had the game’s first chance in the 6th minute. Guimaraes did brilliantly with a deft flick to free Willock down the left. Willock put his cross to the back post where Almiron was charging. The Paraguayan’s volley missed the target going behind the goal.

Vicente Guaita was forced into action in the 13th minute. After regrouping from a corner, Botman floated a long ball to Trippier down the right. The fullback tapped the ball to Burn near the edge of the area. Burn’s blistering shot was comfortably held by the Palace keeper.

At the 20-minute mark, Guaita was tested after possession was again recycled from a corner. Schar surged forward towards the box and toe-poked a pass to Joelinton. The Brazilian cut inside but his shot was tame and easily collected by Guaita.

Guaita made another save after a corner in the 36th minute. The delivery was sent into the box and found Joelinton near the back post. He lashed the ball goalward which deflected off a Palace defender’s arm before Guiata parried it away. The ball was then cleared by Jordan Ayew with a quick VAR check ruling no penalty.

The half ended with Newcastle in control but unable to breach Palace. The Magpies had 60% possession while outshooting The Eagles 8-3. Eddie Howe will likely not wait to long before introducing either Allan Saint-Maximin or Alexander Isak after the break if a breakthrough isn’t found.

182 comments so far

  • Toon fans bad

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #161

    I’m with Jimmy Floyd. Due to the dominance we enjoyed, it’s probably 2 points lost that.

  • Bri

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #162

    One of those frustrating games,where if we had of played all night we wouldn’t have scored.

  • Dubai Micky

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #163

    Well, we’ve played Palace three times this season, every one a 0-0 draw.

  • Romford mag

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #164


    Or one gained 🙂

  • sparky55

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #165

    Harry Kane would finish off the jigsaw very nicely 😉

  • Flurzinho

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #166

    Pope is the best keeper in the league,that save was world class!

  • The Taco Taker

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #167

    Before moaners continue moaning..

    – 15 games unbeaten – club record!!

    – Another clean sheet.

    – if that is not sufficient check the league table.

    Not the perfect result today but these things happen.

  • ottawageordie2

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #168

    What a bunch of whiners on here. You know who you are so tell me are you true fans of the toon or just come in hear to moan and groan and be critical of the lads. We are 3rd. Something wrong with that!?

  • Toon fans bad

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #169


    I probably should have said ‘we should have won’ 😆

  • jimiley

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #170

    Max likes to play in the middle from deep. He is not a winger.
    We have too many runners and few players like Bruno who can pick a pass. Palace were there for the taking but we did nowt. Did their keeper have a serious save to make?
    Wilson looks well off it

  • Ap

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #171

    Need to try a 442 when we get another striker in or 4231. Create isak wilson partnership. Almiron has lost his goalscoring touch

  • cyprus

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #172

    Next game start ASM.

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #173

    Gareth watching on again seeing his CL second role keeper shine while T-Rex’s club heading for the Championship

  • DKillers

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #174

    I understand the idea that Eddie doesn’t want to change a formula that’s working. And he doesn’t think Longstaff and Willock should lose their spot. But it’s time to change the lineup. We didn’t spend £60m on Isak to make him a bit player. Put Big Joe back in midfield and get Isak in the lineup.

  • sparky55

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #175

    Maddison never forgets his shooting boots…might be a solution…

    seems like we have no composure in front of goal…but as someone said earlier we’re gonna murder soneone soon…lets hope its on Tuesday!

  • Pottsclock

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #176

    Overall we deserved to win. It happens.
    Miggy not quite as lethal as he was earlier in the season when everything was going in. I think Bruno had abit of an off day by his standards, which is understandable as he wouldn’t have trained much if at all in the last week.
    Not happy with a point but that’s life sometimes.

  • magicmac54

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #177

    I said pre match i wouldn`t be surprised if this match ended 0-0 but also said if we score we would win 0-1 unfortunately we just couldn`t find that crucial goal this evening. Fair play to Palace and Patrick Vieira they put up stubborn resistance and probably deserved the point.

  • The Taco Taker

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #178

    Why do we have fans acting like Man City fans at home when they don’t win? Pep made a valid point the other night.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #179


    Howay we are 3rd, in the Semis of a cup, 7 clean sheets in a row, making teams defend for their lives. Go back just pre TO go now, take a breather and think about where we were to where we are now. Even the best teams don’t win every game. We played well this evening just not clinical when it mattered and it happens. Another game and then chances fly in the net. We are a team on the up. Just stop being a killjoy.

    The powers that be will see we need that player(s) that can unlock a defence and finish. They will have this noted.


    Onwards and upwards

  • TheDrewid

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #180

    Thoughts from that…..

    Seems to be the case that teams just shut up shop against us now. No one seems to want to have a go. Need some new blood that can unlock stubborn defences.

    For all the height we’ve got in the team, we don’t seem to have much success from set pieces.

    Think Almirons purple patch is over.

    Nick Pope is some boy.

  • JohnJ

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #181

    Jan 21, 2023 at 6:58 PM
    Comment #74
    Must have been a sale at tescos on prawns and white bread judging from some of the comments on here today

    Hmmmm A bit fishy that eh?

  • DjMickyg

    Jan 21, 2023 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #182

    I dont think people are moaning tacko but the board need to cop on and sign a creative player these games are opportunities. We wud have won tonight if we had a maddison. We have no final pass. Dont get me wrong im delighted we are 3rd but we cud be further up with 1 or 2 more players. This isvdissapointing from the board. The whole season cud fall apart cause we are 2 tight to spend a few pound.

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