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Season 2021-22
Crystal Palace (a) Premier League


Saturday 23rd October 2021, 3pm

 Selhurst Park

Conditions: Fortunate

Programme: £3.50 


Crystal Palace



1 - 1





Half time: Eagles 0 Magpies 0

56 mins
Tyrick Mitchell arrowed a cross from the Palace left towards the far post, Christian Benteke arriving to thump a header between Darlow and the post at the Whitehorse Lane End, Ciaran Clark unable to intervene. 0-1

65 mins Matt Ritchie's flag kick from from the South East corner was headed back across the box by Lascelles and took a slightly fortunate deflection off Krafth before dropping for Callum Wilson to unfurl a superb bicycle kick 1-1

Full time: Eagles 1 Magpies 1

We Said

Graeme Jones said:

"I'm pleased we got something out of it. We deserved that for our organisation, understanding and mentality.

"It's far from where I want to be, on the ball in particular. On the turnover, our first pass could be better at times, but it was a solid place to start from. We'll look to build and improve for as long as I'm doing this.

"It’s a base for us to start. I want us to be better on the ball but that doesn’t happen overnight. We’ve concentrated on trying to shore up and not concede as many goals and I think that worked today.

"I'm delighted in the end with a draw because it gives us somewhere to start from, but we wanted to win the game.

The subs were ready: I spoke before the game when I named the team. I didn't name the team first - I named the substitutes first. I explained how important their roles were because you don't win with 11 players - you win with 20.

"The support to the rest of the teams from the subs...I felt that the three players that came on the pitch gave us a lot and managed to get us a point. That's the Premier League - that's where we are."

On goalscorer Callum Wilson:

"I'm delighted for him: it's his talent, that's what he's got. His quality, you can't give that to people. The most impressive thing with Callum is that he usually does it on a match day. Training can be hit and miss at times, but when it matters, he's got that mentality to come up grab the moment."

On Joelinton:

"I've been speaking to Joe a lot now that he's been giving us a level of performance that he's competent with and he's getting stronger, but I've said to Joe, 'We need to add goals to your game. That's where you are. You've got a good base.'

"I wanted to play a front two. I think Joe's best position is left wing in a 3-4-3 or left wing in a 4-3-3 - whatever it is. Tactically, I wanted to go with that shape so that's how Joelinton missed out.

On Joe Willock:

"Joe Willock never had a pre-season. He’s been having an injection in his toe since before Watford. He missed a couple of weeks of training and taking an injection to play. He’s going to be a fantastic player for this club but he’s building his fitness up.”

On his former Head Coach:

"For me personally, Steve
(Bruce) has been a miss. He had that experience where he could oversee everything, he'd seen it before. But as I've said previously, he knows football than anybody.

"You have to move forward and I think he would have been proud of the account we gave of ourselves today."


They Said


Patrick Vieira said:

"When you play the way we did today and when you look at the number of chances we created, and at the end, you just get one point, we are frustrated.

"I think we did enough to take three points. We were unlucky to concede the goal the way we did.

"On the other side, we need to improve, to be more clinical in front of goal. We had enough chances to score more than one goal but the goal that we conceded was fantastic and there’s nothing I can be frustrated about with that.

"When I went back to the dressing room I saw the (VAR) incident. That was a decision that maybe was too hard, too harsh on us. That is the view of the referee and we have to accept it and move on.

There are always two ways of seeing a result like this and the way we played. I am really pleased with the progress we made from the first game against Chelsea to where we are. I think there is a really good understanding from the players about what we try to do and how we want to do it.

"I see players on the field with a really good clear idea of what I expect and what I want from them, so that is really quite positive, but in the other side I want to win football matches.

"They want to win football matches and I believe the process we are putting in place is the right one, but we have to keep working.

"We have to keep working on how we can be more clinical in both boxes when we are defending and when we have a chance to score the goals. We have to improve that part of the game to have more chance of winning." 


Newcastle's winless league start has now extended to nine games - only exceeded in Premier League campaigns by the ten we strung together in 2018/19, before a 1-0 home victory over Watford brought three points at the eleventh time of asking.

United have now scored 11 times so far this season in the PL and Callum Wilson Has four of them. Of the rest, only Allan Saint-Maximin has more than one, with two.

That takes Wilson on to 16 in the PL for the club in 31 appearances - one short of Yohan Cabaye's total. Next in his sights after that is Laurent Robert, who contributed 22.

Miguel Almiron's
88th Premier League appearance saw him complete a century of games for Newcastle in all competitions (89 starts).

Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2021/22 drew 1-1 Wilson
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

Graeme Jones became the 20th different person to formally take charge of Newcastle United during their 1,005 Premier League fixtures:

Kevin Keegan (2 spells)
Arthur Cox (interim)
Kenny Dalglish
Tommy Craig (interim)
Ruud Gullit (interim)
Steve Clarke (interim)
Sir Bobby Robson
John Carver (2 spells)
Graeme Souness
Glenn Roeder
Nigel Pearson (2 spells)
Sam Allardyce
Chris Hughton (2 spells)
Joe Kinnear
Alan Shearer
Alan Pardew
Steve McClaren
Rafa Benitez
Steve Bruce
Graeme Jones (interim)

(Outside the scope of this list is our visit to Swansea City in September 2017, when Francisco de Miguel Moreno aka Paco took charge of the side after Rafa Benitez was unable to travel following a medical procedure).


To the dismay of a vociferous home crowd, Newcastle left Selhurst Park on Saturday with a precious point, albeit one that they scarcely deserved.

A spectacular second half equaliser by Callum Wilson meant that Graeme Jones avoided defeat in his first match as interim Magpies Head Coach.

However, the striker's acrobatic bicycle kick rounded off a rare moment of goalmouth threat from the visiting side - and would have counted for nothing were it not for the late intervention of VAR official Lee Mason.

A second goal of the game from Christian Benteke on 87 minutes looked to have secured three points for Palace - only for Mason to halt celebrations and send referee Darren England across to consult a pitchside TV screen.

Almost inevitably, England rightly agreed that an offence was committed before Benteke headed in a corner - intended marker Ciaran Clark restrained by Marc Guehi as the ball came over, giving the scorer a free header.

That call further enraged the Eagles fans in the crowd who had welcomed the sides on to the pitch with a banner mocking United's new majority Saudi owners and the Premier League owner test.

A series of debatable judgements by England in favour of the visiting side then brought chants of "sh*t referee",  before the VAR decision prompted choruses of "how much are they paying you?" - rather less joyous than their pre-match rendition of "Glad all over."

For all of their frustration with officials though, the home support had watched their favourites come to dominate the game - but miss the opportunities to turn that superiority into a convincing victory.

Chief offender in wasting chances was Benteke, who headed against a post on 21 minutes and then volleyed over just after the interval when well placed.

The Belgian forward finally converted from close range 11 minutes after the restart - a goal that was no surprise, given the increasing discomfort United had been in since an early flurry saw Emil Krafth's shot blocked on the line and Wilson put the rebound into the side netting.

Benteke then rattled the crossbar with a 63rd minute header from a right wing centre by Michael Olise - who was rather more impressive than the off-colour Allan Saint-Maximin in the bobbing and weaving stakes today.

Two minutes after that latest let-off though, Newcastle rather improbably drew level - just as Jones was about to make a double substitution.

Joe Willock and Miggy Almiron were ready to replace Sean Longstaff and Ryan Fraser, but those changes were delayed for a 62nd minute corner that was taken by Ritchie.

That was headed back across the area by Jamaal Lascelles, bouncing off Krafth and falling for Wilson to execute a perfect bicycle kick that flew beyond goalkeeper Guaita and into the top corner of the Holmesdale End net.

A goal of out nothing then; totally out of keeping with what up until then had been a rearguard action, when our rare forays into the home box had chiefly come from a couple of long throws by Krafth.

Back came Palace and it was that man Benteke after 72 minutes, played in by James McArthur and looking a certain scorer - only to harmlessly blast his shot wide of the target.

Then came the VAR drama three minutes from the end - a welcome boost to United after a series of technological verdicts had penalised them so far this season.

As Jones said afterwards, avoiding what would have been a third successive loss is a base to start from - regardless of how it was achieved.

On that basis, it has echoes of stealing points from visits to Wolves and Spurs last season, when it was anything but obvious how we'd pulled that off.

Points won't make prizes though - and only victories will see us leave the drop zone. Expect similar damage limitation against free-scoring PL leaders Chelsea at Gallowgate next week, but with less chance of our avoiding defeat.

It gets no easier on the field - and neither does the task of finding and acquiring a suitable candidate to replace Steve Bruce, for all the fighting talk and grandiose claims being bandied around.

Short of bribing officials as suggested by Palace fans, our new-found riches cannot influence matters on the field for at least another eleven games.

The challenge for Jones (or whoever) remains to avoid being cast adrift until then - and for reinforcements to arrive with the bongs of Big Ben still echoing, not in the final hours of the window as in previous seasons.

Of the four coaches at pitchside last Sunday, three remained here at the first whistle today and on that basis it wasn't too much of a shock to see only two changes to the starting line-up: Ryan Fraser and Krafth recalled as Joelinton and Willock stood down and the back five was quickly restored.

That to us indicates that Jones had a significant input into team selection before - or at least agreed with it, rather than tolerating the choices made. Had that not been the case, then the likes of Jamal Lewis, Dwight Gayle and Jeff Hendrick could have been introduced.

That continuity begs the question of what will really change now - and whether those who believe this squad to be capable of more than they have shown this season under the command of the now-departed Geordie Chancer will be proved right.

Much as we'd like to agree, aside from Wilson's goal there was precious little evidence here to back up that view today, unless one counts good fortune shining on us for once. New faces, new finances, familiar failings.


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