4 mins Fabian Schar's
crossfield pass from inside the centre circle picked out Kieran
Trippier on the right flank outside the box and his first time ball
into the area reached Jacob Murphy, who was positioned
between Tyrick Mitchell and Joachim Andersen. He allowed the ball to
bounce once before scooping it up right-footed and watching it drop
behind Johnstone in the far side of the Gallowgate goal, Callum
Wilson following in to make sure it crossed the line but not getting
Murphy's celebrations were almost immediately stifled as he turned
and ran towards the referee's assistant on the Milburn Stand side,
whose flag was raised to signify an offside. A slightly tardy
confirmation of a VAR call arrived, which confirmed that Trippier
wasn't in an illegal position when finding the goalscorer and the
goal therefore stood.
Murphy later admitted that his intention was to cross rather than
44 mins Another fine
flowing forward move was initiated by Schar deep in his own half,
stepping forward and finding the unmarked Wilson in centre field. He
spun and sprayed out a pass to Murphy, who headed into the Palace
half with Trippier on the overlap and space ahead of both.
Murphy's low teasing cross eluded Wilson but Anthony Gordon
arrived behind him beyond the back post and thumped the ball home
with a first-time left footer from inside the six yard box. 2-0
45+2 mins Trippier
received a short pass in his own half on the edge of the centre
circle, looked up and dropped a pass straight downfield towards
Wilson just outside the Palace box. The presence of United's number
9 was crucial, doing just enough to unsettle Marc Guehi as he lunged
forward but bungled his attempted clearance, chesting the ball too
far forward to reach.
Sean Longstaff needed no second invitation, collecting the
loose ball, eluding the slipping Guehi and heading into the box,
settling himself and converting with a low effort to Johnstone's
right from just outside the six yard box. 3-0
Half time: Magpies 3 Eagles 0
66 mins Nick Pope got
down at his near post to take a low shot from Cheick Doucoure,
before striding forward and rolling the ball out underarm to
Trippier on the right. He turned and played a forward pass with his
first touch, sending it into the path of Murphy on halfway.
Showing Mitchell a clean pair of heels he looked up and played a
stupendous first pass into the Palace area, cutting Guehi and
Andersen out and arriving at the feet of Callum Wilson.
He took one touch with his right foot to kill the pace of the ball
before steering it home back past the helpless Sam Johnstone. From
Pope's hand to the back of the net took 10 seconds. Wow. 4-0
Full time: Magpies 4 Eagles 0
good especially in the first half.
"I thought we were really clinical -
some really nice passages of play, I thought we created some crossing
opportunities, some good goalscoring opportunities.
"Second half it was a case of just
managing the game and making sure we kept players fit and fresh for what's ahead
but delighted with the attitude of the players.
"The fourth goal was probably in my
mind where the game was hopefully won from our perspective and it gave me the
chance to take same players off who have played international football and
travelled a long way so that was important today.
"It was a really important game today and we canít underestimate how
tough those games are because you donít have a full squad. Weíre having to
manage players that have come a long way and had a big mental load for their
country so Iím really pleased with the playersí response to that.
"These are very tough games. Crystal
Palace donít concede a lot of goals, we knew the first goal today was going to
be really, really important and thankfully we got it quite early.Ē
On Jacob Murphy:
"I thought he was excellent today, I
thought he did really well with Sean (Longstaff) and Kieran (Trippier)
alongside him. He was a constant threat behind, he's a very very good
footballer, he's scored important goals for us.
"He's a big player. He was huge for us last year. He picked up a couple of
injuries in pre-season. Huge contribution today when we needed it. He's a very
reliable player and a great professional, so he's a huge part of our squad.
"That first goal was huge in the match
because Crystal Palace defend very well. The earlier we got that first goal the
better from our perspective and I was delighted with him overall."
On Anthony Gordon:
"He has to score being an attacking
player - that's for sure - but he wants to score; he is very driven by scoring
and creating. He could have had another today and I am delighted with his
"Important to get him back on the pitch. He had some really good
training in the last two weeks, so I had no doubt he would perform today. But he
still needs the minutes - he's a big presence in our midfield."
On Sandro Tonali:
"No idea regarding that (the
timeline for his investigation) but absolute class from our supporters today,
I thought they supported him, backed him.
"Sandro will leave here I think
heartened by our supporters reaction to him: I was immensely proud of them.
"It sort of came to me just as we were starting our walk that I wanted him
to be at the front and to see the love closer up. The reception was incredible
and emotional. He is a human being going through a very emotional time."
On Sean Longstaff:
"Sean, himself, will work hard
on his finishing. Heís a player who regularly does extra work with the
coaches. Iíve always said I
believe heís a goalscorer Ė heís a very, very good finisher in training,
with both feet and from all angles.
"For me, scoring more consistently is something he can do with the ability
that he has. Itís just about getting himself into the right positions, but I
thought he did that really well today. He played very intelligently and took his
goal really well.Ē
On missing players:
"Joe (Willock) has trained but needs a
bit more and possibly a game before playing again. Sven (Botman) is a little
further back and we haven't seen him in training yet. We're hoping to increase
his load but he won't be around for a couple of weeks."
On the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton:
"A huge loss for Sir Bobby's family and
for football; an absolute icon of the game.
"I was made aware very young of what he
contributed to England and Manchester United. I was fortunate enough to meet him
a few times; what an absolute gentleman as well."
Roy Hodgson said:
"We came here thinking
and believing that we could give Newcastle a good game and maybe even make life
a little bit difficult for them, but we fell woefully short in that department.
Our first half was really nowhere near what
we have been able to do up until now. They are a hard team to defend against.
But it didnít work out. At half-time, we were looking at salvaging something
from the game and not going away totally and utterly dejected and because we
conceded even more goals than the ones we conceded.
ďNothing really positive to say from our
point of view - we have to analyse and make certain we work out why a team that
has been very, very compact defensively, very strong and made so few errors
which have cost us goals, suddenly did so.
"I thought we were somewhat unfortunate
with the first goal Ė that didnít help. It was a freak goal. If we had
scored it I would have been delighted, but itís a tough goal to have against
you after a few minutes.
nothing Iíd want to say to take away from the Newcastle performance. It was as
good as we half-expected it would be because theyíre a very, very good team,
but it doesnít unfortunately help me in any way because I donít think we
came anywhere near the football weíre capable of playing, both defensively and
"To come here and lose is one thing,
but itís hard to accept coming and losing as comprehensively as we have done
today, and with a few players who are going to be looking tomorrow morning,
assessing their performances and coming up probably with the same conclusion Iíve
come up with: we just werenít anywhere near good enough.
"To be fair, I suppose the two goals
that came in the 45th and 47th minute didnít help us because coming out for
the second-half at 0-3 against such a good team was always going to make life
"Had it been 0-1, we could have maybe
made a slightly better fist of the game, but I canít say they didnít deserve
to come in at 3-0 because Newcastle created a lot of chances and played very
"We made mistakes of course. Several of
the goals and chances were uncharacteristic mistakes which the defenders and
midfielders havenít been making. Thatís one thing, but you never know what
it is in a game that causes you to collapse a little bit in terms of what weíve
been privileged to see from this team.
"In fact, at half-time, one of the
coaches rightly said that this is our first under-par performance in the first
eight league games, and now weíve got to do something about it in the
"Maybe on Monday Iíll be able to have
a similarly philosophical view about it, but at the moment, itís difficult to
take that a team we thought could come here and give Newcastle a very good game
werenít able to today.
ďWe need to make certain then we
donít find ourselves in a similar situation because as good as Newcastle are,
there are quite a few other teams in the league equally as good with equally as
good players, equally as well-organised, equally as physical and equally as
capable of running a lot, so we have to bear that in mind and, if weíre going
to compete at all with these teams and in this league, we need to come to terms
On the death of Sir Bobby Charlton:
"I was privileged to meet him on quite
a few occasions. My thoughts tonight are with Norma and their children. Itís a
really sad day. I know theyíll be devastated.
ďSir Bobby Charlton doesnít need any
words from me other than to say, perhaps, we are talking about a true legend of
the game and a true legend of English football and Manchester United.
ďThat 1966 team will always be an iconic
team we look to and today we unfortunately lost another great player and a
really important member of that team. I was really sad to hear the news and I
can only wish Norma and their children all the best and strength to come through
the grieving process.Ē
This was Newcastle's largest-ever league win over
Palace in 45 meetings. The previous best margin of victory has been 3-0,
achieved at Selhurst Park in both 1969 and 2013.
In all competitions, today's margin of victory matched a 6-2 FA Cup home
win over Palace in 1947 and a 5-1 Anglo Italian Cup success at SJP in
Eddie Howe's side are now unbeaten in their last eight league
and cup outings, winning each of their last five home fixtures in all
Callum Wilson hit his 43rd PL goal for Newcastle to draw
level with Shola Ameobi and Andy Cole. Only Peter Beardsley on 46 and Alan
Shearer on 148 now lie ahead of him. Wilson's 43 came in 82 appearances
(63 starts) while Shola's took 293 (156 starts).
Jacob Murphy now has nine PL goals as a Magpie, level with
Jamal Lascelles and one behind both Bruno Guimaraes and Fabian Schar.
Sean Longstaff's sixth goal in the PL and 11th in all competitions
was his third of the season, matching his previous best total for
Newcastle (three in 2022/23).
Anthony Gordon bagged a third PL goal of the season and now has
four for United, scoring them in his last nine PL games (eight starts).
His PL total for Everton was seven in 65 games (42 starts).
In terms of competitive senior
games, we believe that this the first example of Newcastle making a
quadruple substitution at one time. They did bring on four players in the
closing seconds of May's PL home win over Brighton, but play briefly
resumed between the first and second pair appearing.
Eagles @ Magpies - PL era:
2023/24 Won 4-0 Murphy, Gordon, Longstaff, Wilson
2022/23 Drew 0-0
2021/22 Won 1-0 Almiron
2020/21 Lost 1-2 Shelvey
2019/20 Won 1-0 Almiron
2018/19 Lost 0-1
2017/18 Won 1-0 Merino
2015/16 Won 1-0 Townsend
2014/15 Drew 3-3 Janmaat, Aarons, Williamson
2013/14 Won 1-0 Cisse
2009/10 Won 2-0 og(Derry), Ranger
2004/05 Drew 0-0
2001/02 Won 2-0 Shearer, Acuna (FAC)
1998/99 Won 2-1 Speed, Shearer (FAC)
1997/98 Lost 1-2 Shearer
1994/95 Won 3-2 Fox, Lee, Gillespie
Full record v Palace:
As the latest bout of extreme weather tested flood defences
across the country, Roy Hodgson's side fell victim to lightning
strikes at St.James' Park and were inundated by Storm Jacob.
Newcastle returned from the international break on Saturday to
emphatically down an Eagles side who had shut them out in all three
league and cup meetings last season, but had no answer to the
precision, pace and power that could have seen them conceding far
more than four goals.
Eddie Howe made four changes to the side that drew 2-2 at West Ham;
selecting Callum Wilson and Joelinton after positive fitness checks,
calling upon Anthony Gordon following his suspension and handing
Jacob Murphy his first Premier League start since last May.
Miguel Almiron, Elliot Anderson and Alexander Isak all dropped down
to the bench, alongside Sandro Tonali - the latter making what was
anticipated to be his final appearance ahead of a looming ban
following his admissions of using illegal gambling websites and
betting on football while at AC Milan.
United were en route to their fifth successive home victory within
five minutes, Murphy's hopeful first-time effort looping into the
Gallowgate End net and withstanding a VAR offside check.
That was the first of several memorable moments from the right
winger, centring for Gordon to strike the goal frame from close in
and getting a decent shot off to test visiting 'keeper Sam Johnstone.
The continual space Murphy found down the Newcastle right in tandem
with Kieran Trippier then led to what looked like a clinching second
goal in the 44th minute, Gordon firing in from close range. 2-0 then
became 3-0 almost immediately as Sean Longstaff exploited some
Into the second half and an inspired Murphy was at it again, sending
over another dangerous ball that looked to have presented Gordon
with a tap-in before Joel Ward's last-gasp intervention saw him
deflect it over the crossbar. Murphy wasn't to be denied another
assist though, another foray down the flank seeing him tee up Callum
Wilson to net on 66 minutes.
That made it an incredible 16 goals during the last four league
outings and pushed the scoring tally to 29 goals in all competitions
from dozen league and cup games. That figure was 10 at the same
point in Steve Bruce's first season, with a chunk of today's team on
the field back in 2019.
Wilson took his leave seconds later as the hosts made a rare
quadruple substitution, Tonali coming on amid great applause from
home fans, who earlier sang his name loud and long as he warmed up.
There was to be no further scoring; a late Palace flurry seeing Pope
race off his line to head a through ball clear before tipping a rare
effort on target away from an Odsonne Eduoard free kick.
The outcome was emphatic enough though; an Eagles side now shorn of
Wilfried Zaha unable to call on his successor Eberchi Eze due to
injury and reliant on defence due to paucity of their attack.
While that hasn't really changed from last season, our approach to
combating it and unpicking their backline has evolved; inventive
passing and attacking flowing through the side; be it Schar,
Trippier, Bruno, Gordon or Murphy and whether in or out of
possession. The press that we routinely deploy to great effect was
noticeably less evident here today.
A brace of strikers getting on the end of chances is also a massive
positive, although this is far more than a two man show: just 12 of
those 29 goals came from heads or boots of Wilson and Isak.
Perhaps this is what sets this current squad apart; no single player
has Messianic status due to an over-reliance on them coming up with
the goods - although having said though, the sheer presence of
Trippier on the field is now on a par with prime Alan Shearer. From
Gordon Lee's "no stars" policy to Eddie's "all
stars" or at least a side stacked with what in other years
would be cult heroes.
At face value, the inbound activity of last summer and the current
situation of those signings has prompted questions over the
recruitment policy and the perpetual misfortune that has dogged us.
Barnes crocked, Tonali with a ban looming, Hall and Livramento
peripheral figures so far.
That we've taken that in our stride and prospered since the Brighton
setback is a reflection on the levels of care, effort and
preparation going in. To have done that for the most part without
messrs Willock and Botman but with the likes of Murphy and Lascelles
is verging on the unbelievable.
On to the next episode then, another almighty Champions League
tussle. What a time to be here.