22 mins: Two games and two
assists for Kenedy, whose corner kick passed through a crowd of players with
Ayoze Perez taking a deliberate touch to help it on to the unmarked Mo
Diame at the back post. He stuck out a foot to divert the ball into the
Holmesdale End net from five yards.
Half time: Eagles 0
55 mins: Zaha
made progress down the Palace left before whipping a centre over past
DeAndre Yedlin. Christian Benteke was pushing Ciaran Clark on the edge of
the six yard box as the ball arrived, but the Newcastle man then visibly
held his opponent's shirt sleeve to inhibit his jump.
The linesman on the opposite side indicated a penalty and a lack of protest
from visiting players was significant. A slight element of confusion came as
Kenedy may have used an arm to control the ball after it went beyond Benteke
- although that award would have been highly questionable.
Milivojevic took the resultant spot kick and Darlow guessed correctly to get
two hand on the rising right footed effort but only succeed it helping it
into the net 1-1
Full time: Eagles 1
(Newcastle) fans are fantastic - when you go away you always can feel
themÖwe would like to win every game and send them home happy.
ďWe have more people at home, and if we
stick together we will be stronger.
ďIslam Slimani was not ready. He was
training on Saturday, he will train tomorrow, he will have a chance for next
Sunday. He must compete, like Dubravka and Kenedy.
"Joselu has a virus. It was very
dangerous for everyone in the end because all of his family are with the virus
and you have to be careful. He was very weak (an attempt to justify his
did well coming here and getting one point. We were controlling the game in the
first half, the three offensive players they have, we did well in defence.
"We had a couple of chances and the counter attack early in the second half
could have changed everything. We needed to defend a little bit better.
"Scoring the second goal could change everything. We didn't do it and we
conceded what I would say is a soft penalty because he was pushing my player and
my player was pulling.
"That changed everything because obviously they had more confidence and
they were pushing and we know they have very good players up front.
"We have one less game
and one point more Ė we are still fighting, so we will see.
ďWe are very narrow and compact so we have
to carry on. I think that this group of players are working very hard, so you
canít complain about that. We have to ensure the new players make more
competition in every position.Ē
little frustrated. At half-time I wasnít too happy with the way we played in
the first half, even though we created two or three good chances I didnít
think we played anything like Iíd like to see the team play.
ďAs a result you might have thought we
would have been happy with a point but the way we played in the second half and
the dominance we had in the end, Iím disappointed we didnít get more than
one goal for those efforts. We were asking lots of questions of Newcastle in the
second half but that ball wouldnít just go over the line for us during those
"Maybe itís nervousness or being
concerned about how important the result is and then we find ourselves 1-0 down
after poor defending of a corner kick, but we have the ability after half-time
to come out as a totally different team.
ďWe exerted a lot of pressure on Newcastle
and had the ball in and around their box, and even though we had 21 strikes at
goal a lot of those were from distance which doesnít interest me, but there
was a lot of entries into the penalty area which does. If we can keep doing that
then with the type of players we have, then we will score goals.
"When youíre one of the teams at the
bottom, you donít drop points because only the teams that go into games saying
this is a definite three-pointer drop points. Teams like Newcastle and ourselves
donít drop points, we gain them Ė sometimes we gain two less than we would
like, or perhaps deserved today on our second half performance.
On the penalty that was given:
"On the touchline we donít see those things the ball
comes in and there are a lot of bodies in there so youíd be a brave man to say
that you detect all of those things. Iíve seen it on the TV and the rules of
the game are clear, but you donít often get penalties for people pulling
shirts, but it doesnít mean to say that itís not a penalty because the rule
are very clear.
"Itís very rare to see players doing
it outside the box to stop a good moment in the game where the referee doesnít
blow his whistle for a free-kick. I canít say I have a strong opinion of it,
but Iím glad about it. Had we lost the game 1-0 because the referee decided to
ignore that penalty claim, then we would be feeling very hard done by."
NUFC after 26 games - selected PL seasons:
2008/09 28 points, 14th, goal
2015/16 24 points, 18th, goal difference -22
2017/18 25 points, 16th, goal difference -12
Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:
2017/18 drew 1-1 Diame
2015/16 lost 1-5 Cisse
2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
2014/15 won 3-2 (aet) Riviere 2, Dummett (LC)
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings
Mo Diame netted a second Premier League goal of the season and his
eighth for the club in all competitions. His first PL strike was also in
London (at West Ham) and from similar range.
The man from Senegal also notched in the opening half for the first time
since Henri Saivet in that game at West Ham - the six PL goals we
subsequently managed all came after the interval.
There was a fourth appearance for United's all-black change kit,
following televised Sunday outings to Huddersfield (lost 0-1), Swansea
(won 1-0), Brighton (lost 0-1) and now Palace (1-1).
Corners are the new penalties - at least as far as NUFC are concerned -
today saw United score their sixth goal from a flag kick so far
this season, but the first one to come before half time.
Newcastle conceded their fifth penalty of the season - the most in
the Premier League.
eventful week at Newcastle United concluded with a draw that was deserved -
albeit slightly unexpected given Palace's recent home form, having lost just one
in their last nine here.
The club's two deadline days recruits weren't introduced, but Kenedy retained
his place in a side with three changes from that held 1-1 at home by Burnley in
midweek. Joselu, Mikel Merino and Christian Atsu, were replaced by home-grown
trio Jonjo Shelvey,
Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle.
Those tweaks allied to a below-par display from the Eagles saw United find space
in the midfield to mount a series of attacks - that bright start bringing yet
another goal from a corner but further wasted opportunities to score that oh-so
Palace were never totally out it though and Karl Darlow's workload was more
demanding than that of his opposite number, Wayne Hennessey. Penetrating our
backline with ease, both Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke were denied as we
reached half time ahead, but not comfortably so.
Sadly though an opportunity soon after the restart for the Magpies went begging:
Kenedy and Perez through two-on-one, only for the Chelsea loanee to delay his
pass and Perez stray offside by the time he received - and lost - the
Less than ten minutes later, Roy Hodgson's side were level after Clark's
aberration was punished and Darlow narrowly failed to keep Luka Milivojevic's
From that point onwards, Palace were firmly in the ascendancy and put the
visitors under sustained pressure. Benteke, James McArthur and Zaha sent efforts
narrowly over the bar as United were on the ropes - Kenedy's replacement by
Isaac Hayden a signing that hatches were battened down.
A low shot by the substitute was comfortably saved by Hennessey in a rare
Newcastle attack, while Palace failed to press home their advantage and both
Clark and Paul Dummett threw themselves in the way of Benteke shots to keep the
There was one final chance for United in the fourth minute of injury time, but
Atsu's attempted curler went narrowly wide of the target and the game ended in a
draw that left us in sixteenth, a solitary point above the drop zone with 25
points from 26 games. Palace sit two places and two points above us with West
Ham, Brighton and Watford also on 27 points.
After a 1-5 humiliation here in the last relegation season when McClaren's
motley mob were "outwitted and out fought" after going ahead,
there was some satisfaction from seeing a better team display - even if a number
individual performances left something to be desired.
Our concern over the effectiveness of Ritchie remains, while in his current
inert state there seems little chance of Gayle scoring at anything like the rate
required. Step forward then Islam Slimani, to hopefully extricate us from the
clarts, much as Papiss Cisse and Paul Goddard did in seasons past.
It's all a bit tawdry if truth be told, with the whole concept of teams in the
same league loaning each players not sitting well with us - something hardly
promoting a level playing field.
It's now just one defeat in six PL games, but also only a solitary victory in
that sequence. Having drawn but not beaten teams around us, the worry is that we
now have to start taking points from sides in the top half of the table -
something we've struggled to achieve so far.