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Season 2014-15
Crystal Palace (h) Premier League

In association 


Date: Saturday 30th August 2014, 3pm.

St.James' Park

Conditions: arid/porous

Newcastle United


Crystal Palace

3 - 3




30 seconds Palace 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 Mile Jedinak. 

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

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 1-1

Half time: Magpies 1 Eagles

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

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 Eagles.  2-2

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

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

We Said

Alan Pardew:

"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 was wrong.

"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.”

Mike Williamson:

"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 of today.

“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.”


They Said

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."


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 2013.

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 115 
(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 added time:

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)

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.

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
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:
  P W D L F A
SJP 15 9 4 2 22 10
SP 14 8 1 5 20 12
League 29 17 5 7 42 22
SJP(FA) 6 5 0 1 13 4
SP 0 0 0 0 0 0
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
SP 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 6 5 0 1 13 4
Tot 35 22 5 8 55 26





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.

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 their manager.

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 statues.

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 short-handed.

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 - and 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. 

And having failed to beat both Villa and Palace, just where will the next win come from? 

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 to lose).

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 proceedings. 



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:  

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