Date: Friday 27th November 2020, 8.00pm
Live on Amazon Prime
Venue: Selhurst Park
0 - 2
First half highlights for some
Half time: Eagles 0 Magpies 0
88 mins Joelinton gained possession on the Newcastle
right level with the halfway line and his cushioned header took the ball
clear of substitute Jairo Riedewald - a flick of his boot then clearing two
That reached Callum Wilson and he allowed the ball to bounce before
clipping it over the head of Scott Dann. Joelinton had moved forward and
superbly took that pass on his chest, sprinting forward before laying off a
perfect pass to Wilson on his right.
Inside the box, United's top scorer took a touch with his right foot as
Patrick van Aanholt vainly attempted to recover, slipping a left footed shot
from seven yards through the legs of Guaita at the Whitehorse Lane end.
The roles were reversed just 99 seconds later, as Wilson set up
Joelinton for United's second goal.
The move began with Jonjo Shelvey striding out his own penalty area to cut
out a hopeful ball in from Ezee. The Newcastle Captain played a short pass
to Wilson, who turned and supplied a superb ball between two defenders to
the unmarked Joelinton on the United right.
He continued his forward run into the Palace box and after feinting right,
cut back inside to open up
a glorious shooting chance from about 12 yards out.
Unfortunately/fortunately the Brazilian scuffed his
left-footed effort - but rather than rolling harmlessly through to Guaita it
clipped the heel of Gary Cahill and ended up in the back of the net.
The cliché about him needing one to just go in off someone's backside sprang
to mind, but whether that opens the floodgates is another matter.
Regardless of that, the scorer's relief was evident as he indulged in a
celebratory knee slide and shirt over the head routine adjacent to what
would have been a seething mass of humanity in the away end (except from
those who had made an early dart for the train of course)
I knew that celebration looked familiar
Full time: Eagles 0 Magpies 2
Steve specifies his celebratory Selhurst Subway selection.
"Both teams find it difficult to score a goal and we were looking
for that little bit of quality. We weren't clinical enough and I
thought it was going to cost us but then we got it for the goals.
"Callum (Wilson) is a goalscorer and he has that instinct,
That's his seventh goal now and that's a tremendous return.
"There is no disputing that
Joelinton has found it difficult but I've said many times that some
take a little more time than others. But we're delighted he's scored
"I'm delighted with the
attitude. It's been a difficult week but we've responded in the
"We created a few opportunities and missed the right pass and that
little bit of quality. That bit of quality the two strikers did show
they have both scored from.
"Winning late on is not a bad trait to have. The players have
responded at the end of a tough week.
"It doesn't matter about price
tag and where you come from, sometimes you need time. In Joe's case,
the price tag and number nine shirt meant he struggled at times. But
the kid wants to do well.
"He has had a lot of opportunities tonight but we are starting to
see him now with his strength.
"The one thing that he
is, he has a big heart, the kid. He has had a tough time, we won’t
deny that, but he is only young and is starting to adapt to the
physicality of the Premier League and getting used to a new country.
people take longer than others and we know he wants to do well, he
never shies away from anything and he has got his rewards, so I am
delighted for him.
course all the headlines will go to his strike partner next to him
(Callum Wilson), but in particular I was really pleased with
Joe and his all-round performance.”
On the COVID situation:
"We have three confirmed players and unfortunately a member of my
"It is a concern and difficult
to manage. We are trying our utmost to make sure we try and stay as
safe as we can.
"Of course my concern is not
just the welfare of the players, which is vitally important, but my
members of staff too. We will do our best but it is difficult at the
Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Jacob Murphy and Allan Saint-Maximin
all dropped out of the side beaten by Chelsea last time out.
Injuries were said to be responsible for the absence of Lascelles
and Saint-Maximin, along with Andy Carroll. Meanwhile, fitness
Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett, Ryan Fraser and Dwight Gayle omitted.
By default that leaves Isaac Hayden and Emile Krafth as potential
COVID absentees, plus a couple of names from that injured list.
No indication was given when positive tests or advice to
self-isolate was received, meaning that it's unclear whether those
currently affecting will be allowed to train this week or be clear
to face Aston Villa on Friday.
* Coach Steve Agnew was on the bench at Selhurst Park,
having missed the home loss to Chelsea. It's unclear whether he was
self-isolating then, but it appears that the member of staff now
referred to by Bruce isn't a coach.
Woy Hodgson said:
"All defeats hurt and this one did as we didn't play well. I didn't
think we were going to lose; I didn't think we would win it either. So
to lose it is a bitter blow. Congratulations to Newcastle on winning it.
"I would credit the whole Newcastle team. The keeper played his part but
I think it is too simplistic to say we didn't win because of their
goalkeeper. We didn't create enough.
"I thought we played better
against Burnley probably than we did tonight in actual fact but I still
think it's a bit harsh the defeat because of the two goals.
"The second goal, in particular, was an addendum
really. It was the first goal in the 88th minute that killed us because that
was the goal that took any possibility of a point from the game from us.
"As a result, we'll have to come over that, analyse
that, deal with it and try and make certain that we get back on track and
play the sort of football we know we're capable of playing when we play West
Brom next Sunday.
"We believe very strongly in the players, we see them every day in training
and we believe that there is a lot of quality in our team. In the last two
games, over the 180 minutes, we haven’t produced that quality often enough.
We haven’t asked enough questions about our two opponents, both of whom who
are in the same ballpark in the league as we are.
“It would be hard enough if the two defeats had come
against the top two teams, but to lose six points in that way against these
two teams – two teams that we know are going to be fighting with us to make
certain that their league status is secured at the end of the season, makes
it a little bit harder to take.
"Am I frustrated with the players? Not really, in the
sense that I don’t doubt for one minute that they’re all doing their very
best. I don’t think there was any lack of effort on our part.
“If anything, you could argue, putting so many
attacking players on the field could have been a part of us conceding the
88th minute goal which actually cost us the game.
"I think we were right to go for it; we were right to put the extra
attackers on and try to win the game because in the second half we were
looking like the side most likely to score the goal.”
scored his third goal of the current season in all competitions -
and his first in the Premier League this campaign. The Brazilian now has three PL goals to his name - and seven in
Callum Wilson netted his seventh goal of the season - all of
which have come in the Premier League, from nine appearances. That total of seven is one more than last season's PL top scorer
Jonjo Shelvey managed.
NUFC PL goalscorers 2020/21 (goal times in brackets):
Wilson 7 (56, 65, 77, 84, 87, 89, 90+7)
Hendrick 1 (56)
Saint-Maximin 1 (14)
Murphy 1 (89)
Joelinton 1 (89)
own goal 1 (2)
In other words 10 of our 12 PL goals this season so far have come after
half time - with all seven efforts from Callum Wilson scored in the
That figure for the 38 PL games under Bruce last season was 16
goals scored in the first half and 22 in the second.
Newcastle registered their 120th Premier League away success League
with their fifth win on the road against Palace.
Elliot Anderson was on the bench for the first time in the PL, following his unused substitute selection in the League Cup
at Newport County.
last ten PL seasons after ten games:
2010/11 14 pts, 7th (scored
19, conceded 14)
2011/12 22 pts, 3rd (scored 15, conceded 7)
2012/13 14 pts, 10th (scored 12, conceded 14)
2013/14 14 pts, 9th (scored 14, conceded 16)
2014/15 13 pts, 12th (scored 11, conceded 15)
2015/16 6 pts, 18th (scored 12, conceded 22)
2017/18 14 pts, 9th (scored 10, conceded 9)
2018/19 3 pts, 19th (scored 6, conceded 14)
2019/20 9 pts, 17th (scored 6, conceded 15)
2020/21 14 pts, 10th (scored 12, conceded 15)
Magpies v Eagles @
Selhurst - all time:
2020/21 won 2-0 Wilson, Joelinton
2019/20 lost 0-1
2018/19 drew 0-0
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
Replicating that away
fan experience at Selhurst Park...
Having taken four points from
their first two visits to London this season, Newcastle enjoyed
further capital gains at Selhurst Park on Friday night.Biffa
For the majority of the game, it looked as if Steve Bruce's side
would have to be content with ending a losing run and registering
their first PL clean sheet since the opening weekend of the season.
Strike pair Callum Wilson and Joelinton had other ideas though;
United's top scorer taking a pass from his colleague on 88 minutes
and planting the ball through the legs of Eagles 'keeper Vincente
Barely 60 seconds later and Wilson had returned the favour,
combining with the Brazilian who shot weakly on goal - only for his
effort to brush off defender Gary Cahill and end up in the Palace
Our initial thoughts were that it would go down as an own
goal, partly due to doubts as to whether the original shot would
actually reach the goal line.
Further viewings though brought to mind a similarly sedate strike
from Mick Harford at Luton more years ago than we care to recall
While the front duo in what was a 4-4-2 formation ultimately brought
home the bacon for their boss, the foundations of the win came at the other
Both sides had scoring chances in the first half, but while
Joelinton's trio of shots were no threat to Guaita, Karl Darlow was
rather more seriously tested by efforts from Eberechi Eze and
And a week after gifting Chelsea their opening goal, Federico
Fernandez was at his resolute best - making a couple of well-timed
blocks to deny Palace.
United failed to score on either of their last two appearances
here and there was little sign of run ending until Wilson's 67th
minute header from a Javier Manquillo cross was narrowly off target.
Palace worked the ball into the final third via open play and
corner kicks (the latter placed accurately by ex-Toon pair Andros
Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt), but struggled with an end
The introduction of substitutes by both sides belatedly threatened
a possible outbreak of football; Christian Benteke offering a wayward
forward threat and Matt Ritchie some semblance of service into the
Those two late goals put an unexpected gloss on what was a dreary
game - those fans (and Isaac Hayden) complaining that their Amazon
Prime signal was dropping out during the first half didn't miss an
Had there been more forward options on the bench then
either or both of the scorers may not have been on the pitch at the
crucial time - but like the absence of Wilfried Zaha for the hosts,
fortune does occasionally favour us.
Victory lifted United into tenth spot ahead of fixtures across the
next three days and with ten games played this season, our tally of
14 points has only been bettered once in the last decade of top-flight
That statistic that may be seen as some sort of vindication by the
pro-Bruce lobby. Alternatively though, it's a reflection of the
consistent downturn in our performance under the current owner.
The value of having one goalscorer on the pitch is self-evident; for
a Magpies team to contain two would be revelatory and in the Premier
League this season, potentially explosive.
That could be giddiness at having seen Joelinton actually put the
ball in the net, but fans desperately want to see him succeed and will seize
on any positives, even after 16 months and 47 top-flight appearances.
His shooting may have verged on the laughable, but at least tonight
he got near enough to the goal to actually attempt to find the net
on multiple occasions.
For once a weekend hasn't been spoiled by our favourites and it's nice to be reminded
that we can beat average top flight sides, reaping the benefits of
playing in the opposition half rather than cowering in our own box.
This attacking lark might just catch on.