Date: Saturday 30th August 2014, 3pm.
Venue: St.James' Park
3 - 3
kicked off attacking the Leazes End and a fairly aimless forward punt by
Martin Kelly was headed back by Williamson towards Cabella, whose attempt
at control on his chest gave possession to Kelly. A short pass to Yannick
Bolasie prompted a layoff to Marouane Chamakh infield, who in turn found
His first time ball to Jason Puncheon led to an exchange of passes with
Chamakh before Puncheon knocked the ball out to Bolasie on the left flank.
He produced an instant flighted cross that was met by Haidara with a weak
header that dropped to Chamakh in space on the edge of the area.
The former Arsenal player allowed the ball to drop before sending a low
bouncing effort with his right foot goalwards. Tim Krul pushed that strike
on to his left hand post, but Dwight Gayle was quickest to react and clip
ball into the roof of the net with his first touch of the game - having
just got to his feet after stumbling as Chamakh shot. 0-1
37mins Cabella advanced down the United right before checking back to
feed Daryl Janmaat. He pushed the ball forward to Moussa Sissoko,
who although backing into defender was able to lay the ball off to Cabella
as he tumbled.
The ball came back to Janmaat and he tried a shot that was blocked, only
for the ball to end up at his feet again after rebounding off an opponent
and then getting a slight touch from the lurking Emmanuel Riviere. The
Dutch defender was then able to poke it past Speroni from seven yards
Half time: Magpies 1 Eagles 1
48mins Colback's push in the back of Bolasie down the Palace left led
to a free kick that was headed out by Coloccini but fell to Kelly after
Puncheon proved to be more persistent than either Cabella or Riviere.
Puncheon moved forward in possession and flicked the ball off the back-pedalling
Colback before taking a return pass from Delaney, teeing himself up for a
left-footed volley and shooting beyond Krul and into the Gallowgate net
from around 18 yards via a possible deflection off Coloccini. 1-2
73mins Cabella's flag kick from the North West corner of the ground
was played towards the near post, where Scott Dann got above Janmaat but
could only help the ball on its way across the box.
It fell nicely for Rolando Aarons to head in from eight yards, with
alleged marker Kelly seeming to lose his footing and Frazier Campbell
loitering on the post for no good reason. There was a small element of
history repeating itself, with Aarons opening his U21 account against the
88mins Aarons progressed down the left and cut back inside Adrian
Mariappa before drifting a left footed shot across Speroni and off the far
post, the rebound taking out Kelly and allowing Mike Williamson to
force home a close-range shot at the second attempt.
Again the pundit view was that Rolando's
delivery was a cross not a shot, as was the case when he scored at Schalke in
pre-season. Whether that's correct is debatable, but to have a player who can go
on the outside and send a left-footer onto the back post or repeat the feat by
becoming inside and putting a right-footer over is a genuine boost. Shame he's
got nobody to aim at....3-2
90+5mins Cabella was harshly penalised for a challenge on Ward in the
Newcastle half just beyond the centre circle and the resultant free kick
was played towards the left hand side of the home box, to where Delaney
was able to beat Anita with ease and nod the ball into the centre.
With the entire Newcastle defence caught flat-footed and ball-watching,
Dann had time to stick out a leg, taking it into the path of Zaha, whose
low right-footed effort from 12 yards went in off the post. 3-3
Full time: Magpies
3 Eagles 3
"Our fans went mad (when Williamson scored) and we got dragged
along a little bit with it. Perhaps we got wrapped up in the crowd trying to get
a fourth and it's frustrating to concede.
"When a team comes here and
wastes time from the moment the game kicks off on goal kicks...time and
time again they took ages on everything, and then they are 3-2 down and he
gives them seven minutes.
"I don't know, it just didn't sit
right with me. I suppose he could just go, 'Oh, the letter of the law' and
all that, but I don't know. Just in the spirit of the game I thought that
"But anyway, I'm not going to
bleat on about that too much. We should have won and we didn't.
"For Siem (De Jong) - that
wasn’t a true reflection of him. He wasn’t fit in terms of match fit,
we played him because he might have that one bit of quality. He had a
couple of moments but we can work on him because he’ll be around us (not
away with Holland).
“We have got lots of midfield
players and we have real strength in there. Cheick (Tiote) will be
back and that is going to add to us. Add to our solidarity in terms of
that midfield. Jack (Colback) will get a boost, so we have what
looks a lot of positives to come back but I won’t know until Thursday
week, it is a long time to wait until the next game.”
"It was an unusual feeling, and I didn’t quite know what to
do, but it was a fantastic moment, especially to score in front of our
fans. It has been a very long time – very overdue – and it was
brilliant at the time because I was also hoping it was going to be the
last goal of the game.
“I was just following it up because
I thought that Rolando (Aarons) was going to score his second goal. I was
just watching it go in, but it hit the post and came back. Luckily, I was
there to tap it in.
“It was an incredible feeling, and I
enjoyed every second of it. It made it even more special to do it in front
of our home fans. They’re fantastic and they’ve always been brilliant
to me. When the roar went up as my name was announced, it was fantastic.
“I can’t remember when I last
scored, but it was at Watford. It has been long overdue, but hopefully it
will open the floodgates now. I’m setting myself a target of double
figures for the rest of the season!
“The lads have been giving me lots
of stick about my lack of goals. Every day in training Moussa (Sissoko)
says to me ‘you will never score’. After (the game) he was still
saying ‘you haven’t really scored because that should have been
Rolando’s goal’. But the lads are brilliant, it’s all just banter.”
“Unfortunately, the equaliser
overshadows it, so there are mixed emotions there. I will certainly enjoy
the goal, and take the positives away from it, but we conceded three
sloppy goals defensively, and that’s the frustrating thing. We have
looked so solid in the first two games, and that is the disappointing part
“With the foundations we’ve set
and the standards we set, it’s disappointing to drop below that. What we
have to do is combine the solid part with the chances we’ve created, and
if we do that, it’ll be an exciting season.
“We feel like we’ve got a lot of
promise in the team, but the new players need time to settle too. Most of
them have come from different leagues and, for me, the Premier League is
one of the most exciting, but also the most physical, and I think it will
take a bit of time for the players to get used to it.
“But I think the performances in the
first three games have shown that the new boys have taken to it quite
well, and as a team, we’ve gelled, off the pitch especially.”
Colin W*nker addressed the nation:
"I couldn't ask
much more than what the players gave me today, I've only had two days with
them but I must say I am delighted with their attitude.
"They played today like I thought
they could play, we attacked well but at half time I was disappointed
because in that first forty-five minutes Newcastle's best chances came
from our mistakes which gave them opportunities in our half of the pitch.
"We created some great chances and I didn't think Wilfried's effort
should have been ruled out for offside and that would have made it 3-1. It
was cruel on the lads to find ourselves 3-2 down and only this week I was
told that this team doesn't come back from a goal behind so it was a
fantastic achievement for us to take something back with us."
"I really haven't had much time to think about what I have got back
involved in since taking the job and it was only about half an hour before
the game that I gave some thought to it but I can tell you this job gives
you a real good feeling. I love it when you have a group of players who
want to come into training every day and learn, want to do well for each
other. The camaraderie of this group is great and it's a pleasure to be
working with them. Tony Pulis did a great job with them last year and
there is not one bad apple in the squad and to have a chance to manage a
group like this is great."
"As I have said before he was
unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with the goal that was disallowed, he
came on and looked really positive and it was great to see him put the
ball in the net and earn us the point.
"Looking back on the game I can pull out many of the lads who put in
good performances and for me our man of the match was Dwight Gayle, I gave
him a start today and he put us ahead early, a really good performance
from him today and he will just keep improving."
Dwight Gayle became the seventh
player to score in the Premier League against Newcastle United within
60 seconds of kickoff. Five of those came at SJP and Gayle's was the second
quickest, beaten only by future Magpie Alan Smith of Leeds United.
A failure to collect three points means that United have now won just once in
their last eleven Premier League outings and won just three of the twelve
home games in all competitions they have played during 2014.
Before today, our last home draw was against Southampton (1-1) in December
Newcastle scored from a corner in the Premier League for the first time since November
2013, when Loic Remy nodded home a flag kick from Yohan Cabaye at the
Gallowgate End. Leazes End watchers hadn't seen one before today since Ryan
Taylor's corner against West Bromwich Albion back in May 2011 was
converted by Steven Taylor via Peter Lovenkrands.
Today's trio of scorers increased the number of NUFC players to net in the PL to
(192 players have been fielded to date, 184 of them outfield)
First NUFC goal for Rolando Aarons on 2nd PL sub appearance (+1 start = 3)
First NUFC goal for Daryl Janmaat on 3rd PL appearance (+1 start = 4)
First NUFC goal for Mike Williamson on 103rd PL appearance (+3 PL sub +32
starts +1 sub =139)
For the fifth successive home game, a goal was scored in second half
90+5 Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
90+2 Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
90+1 Steven Taylor (Newcastle United)
90+2 Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)
90+4 Januzaj (Manchester United)
(Zaha followed in the footsteps of Aguero, Taylor and Januzaj by coming off the
bench to net)
1994/95 Neil Adams for Norwich City (a) (tbc seconds)
1996/97 Dean Sturridge for Derby County (h) (32 seconds)
1996/97 Paolo Di Canio for Sheffield Wednesday (a) (tbc seconds)
1998/99 Kevin Campbell for Everton (h) (42 seconds)
2000/01 Alan Smith for Leeds United (h) (27 seconds)
2010/11 Theo Walcott for Arsenal (h) (41 seconds)
2014/15 Dwight Gayle for Crystal Palace (h) (30 seconds)
Wifried Zaha became the third player to score in the Premier League
against Newcastle United after the 94th minute:
2011/12 Thomas Vermaelen for Arsenal
(a) (95 minutes)
2013/14 Alvaro Negredo for Manchester City (h) (95 minutes)
2014/15 Wilfried Zaha for Crystal Palace (h) (95 minutes)
Six goal thrillers:
This was the eighth time in our 771 Premier League games that
we've drawn 3-3:
1994/95 Spurs (h) Gillespie, Peacock, Beardsley
1995/96 Wimbledon (a) Ferdinand 2, Gillespie
1995/96 Manchester City (a) Albert 2, Asprilla
1997/98 Leicester City (h) Barnes, Tomasson, Beresford
1999/00 Wimbledon (h) Speed, Domi, Solano
2003/04 Southampton (a) Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose
2010/11 West Bromwich Albion (h) Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2014/15 Crystal Palace (h) Janmaat, Aarons, Williamson
Eagles @ Magpies - all time:
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
1987/88 Won 1-0 Gascoigne (FAC)
1983/84 Won 3-1 Waddle, Keegan, Ryan
1982/83 Won 1-0 Waddle
1981/82 Drew 0-0
1978/79 Won 1-0 Shoulder
1972/73 Won 2-0 Hibbitt, Nattrass
1971/72 lost 1-2 Dyson
1970/71 Won 2-0 Robson 2
1969/70 Drew 0-0
1964/65 Won 2-0 Suddick, McGarry
1946/47 Won 6-2 Bentley, Pearson, Shackleton 2, Stobbart, Wayman(FAC)
1919/20 Won 2-0 Dixon, Hall (FAC)
1906/07 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
Full record v Palace:
One week on from an instantly forgettable draw at Aston Villa, the
addition of another point - and the manner in which it was arrived at -
had an altogether more significant feeling to it in terms of the immediate
future of Newcastle United and Alan Pardew.d if a team of Palace's calibre can rip through
us with ease, it barely bears thinking about what damage other more
expensively-assembled outfits can inflict.
In a nutshell, United recovered from conceding early goals in each half to draw
level before going ahead with what seemed to be immaculate timing - although the
scoreline flattered them. Having worked themselves into a match winning position
though, they fell victim to a lapse in concentration as Palace got their first
point of the season in the added time their antics had caused.
A team lacking strikers scores three times, but no strikers are on target.
A clutch of acquisitions from across Europe are eclipsed by a teenager who
was released by Bristol City. Oh aye, and a striker we signed on loan a
month ago still hasn't been seen near the first team. Typical NUFC.
Post-match comparisons were made with a 3-3 draw here with Wimbledon in August
1999, when the shambolic and error-strewn display Ruud Gullit's
expensively-reassembled side served up was followed by a derby loss and
the Dutchman's departure.
To our mind however, a more obvious and recent comparison was a 1-2 home
defeat by Reading in January 2013 when Mike Ashley was also present.
Sneaking off with his side 1-0 up, the owner missed a late collapse that
made it just one Premier League win in eight attempts, leaving fans openly
questioning the club's direction and ambition - and the competence of
Instead of sacking Pardew though, the owner was persuaded to finance a
spending spree that ultimately failed to improve on the club's sixteenth
placing but was enough to safeguard top flight football for another season
- the only result that really matters in a Sports Direct world.
The point at which Ashley squeezed out of his seat on Saturday isn't
clear, but whether he heard the result second-hand or witnessed it himself
will have done little to improve his mood - certainly at 1-2 down, he and
watching companion Lee Charnley wore the expressions of Easter Island
The turnover of players in the close season and some has excited
some, although our stock response has been "different" to
questions of whether the squad is now "better". Taking Remy, Cabaye,
Debuchy and possibly Tiote out of a side means that the new boys have a
hard act to follow - and even with that quartet in place, we were
Confusion abounds on and off the field at this point in the season, with
the new recruits showing some positive moments but the overall effect is
one of a rudderless ship, lacking an appreciation of what they're trying to do
and with an absence of the street-wiseness that used to be called nous.
Be it a schoolboy-like tendency to follow the ball in the latter stages, an
ongoing inability to beat an opponent rather than use him as a dance partner or
fundamental issues like failing to attack crosses, then whatever pretty diagrams
were displayed on flip charts pre-match were upside down - or in the case of
Siem De Jong, drawn with invisible ink.
Don't think though that it's the new intake who are misfiring and causing the
current problems - the blame must also be extended to players who had a
significant hand in the downturn of our fortunes in the closing months of the
season; Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran again failing to punch their weight,
while Tim Krul continued to give cause for concern. And let's also bring in the
mysteriously hamstrung Ivorian, who has lately absented himself for reasons yet
to be divulged.
We comforted ourselves after the season-opening defeat to Manchester City that
the guts and application shown by the black and whites would soon be augmented
by some greater cohesion, understanding and crucially, a cutting edge.
Sadly that's not yet the case - an
And having failed to beat both Villa and Palace, just where will the next win
When told that his longed-for new striker was no longer in the budget, Pardew clung to
hopes of Papiss Cisse being like a new signing
when returning from injury. However, a look at our next set of league
fixtures begs the question whether the man from Senegal will actually be
available for selection before the axe falls:
Southampton away, lost 0-4 last season. Hull City home, lost 2-3 last
season. Stoke City away, lost 0-1 last season.
Swansea City away, lost 0-3 last season.
Anything resembling a repeat of that little lot will surely see the club use the
October international break to jettison their manager, having saved a portion of
the transfer pot for January.
Criticism of Pardew was barely suppressed today, but memories of the abuse
he received against Cardiff here in the home season-closer last May
persist. To some the tactics jar, to others the constant stream of drivel
from his mouth are reason enough to discard him - today's slack-jawed wisdom
blaming fans for over-celebrating what they thought was the winner. We're so
sorry, we don't know what came over us - it almost certainly won't happen again,
given your inept tactics.
(we also won't forget the recent hogwash about wanting to become a freeman of
the city by winning a trophy, especially when increasing pressure caused by a
lack of Premier League points results in our fielding a Gael Bigirimana select
XI at Selhurst Park in a League Cup tie that both sides may well do their best
And of course, the favouring of compliant underachievers like Gabriel Obertan to
the exclusion of crowd favourites like Hatem Ben Arfa is an ongoing bugbear. On
that basis, the identity of Palace's second scorer was particularly noteworthy -
Jason Puncheon playing today because his new manager was able to put a previous
public spat with a player to one side for the good of the team.
Contrast that to the failure of Pardew to manage the Ben Arfa situation (and
Sylvain Marveaux before him) and on a wider level, have enough meaningful
influence in the dressing room.
We've written before our belief that blame in the HBA saga can be divided
between the manager for an inability to control his asset, the player for
failing to attain the required fitness since 2013 and most tellingly for the dressing room - led by
the curly-haired "love of your life" - to reject him from the
side. Point your finger at Alan, at Hatem, at Fabricio. Seriously.
Pardew may have survived the Hull City incident in March, but any threat
to the club's Premier League status will result in a response from the
owner. Until this point that has been signings - albeit after
other departures - but to have been granted his supporting cast this
summer and then be denied the leading man looks like a vote of no confidence.
A club with a habit of discarding managers when the ink on
the fixture list had barely dried may now be set for a return to that
policy, after almost four years of Pardewism. Unlike 1999 though, there's no
Bobby Robson waiting round the corner to add a veneer of respectability to
This report is dedicated to Hebburn Mag
and season ticket holder Neil Clark, who
recently passed away. Colleagues and
friends at Santander made this tribute: