Can Palace Inspire Newcastle At Stoke?
Crystal Palace 2 Newcastle 3 (After Extra Time) Wednesday 24 September 8pm
A night where thankfully we could forget about a lot of other stuff that is haunting us at the minute, small details you know, like being rock bottom of the league and not wondering if we can ever score goals AND not concede.
Things were desperate on Saturday after Hull scored two cracking goals, only for Alan Pardew to throw an unfit Papiss Cisse into the fray and he somehow single-handedly won United a point with a double strike.
I say single-handedly but the also returning Cheick Tiote had just about held things together otherwise and then when Cisse was introduced, the Ivory Coast midfielder made a rare but quality assist for the vital first goal.
Tonight though neither were present, Tiote being looked after following bouts of cramp late on in that Hull match, while along with Gouffran and Krul, Cisse was reporte dby the club to have a sickness bug.
This was a match that could be taken all kinds of ways but the main thing was that the excellent away following got a bit of much needed entertainment.
As a negative in terms of how good the result was, Palace changed their entire team (Pardew made six chnages) from the impressive win at Everton in the Premier League.
On the positive side of things, United were the better team over the two hours of football, having more possession, more corners, more shots on target and eventually, more goals.
Looking interested from the start, United took the game to Palace but then conceded on twenty five minutes, Janmaat a little clumsy in coming into contact with Zaha though the penalty looked harsh, Gayle beating Elliot from the spot.
Newcastle though were level ten minutes later, Adam Armstrong’s excellent through ball releasing Emmanuel Riviere who then turned his man and finished well.
A few minutes into the second-half and it was two for Riviere and two for Newcastle, Sammy Ameobi brought down in the box and the United striker grabbing another goal.
Despite the home side looking for an equaliser Newcastle were well on top, only to switch off in injury time allowing Kaikai to finish from close in at the second attempt.
Extra time was drifting along only for Mehdi Abeid to be very harshly sent off for a second yellow with twenty minutes remaining.
Thankfully both the quality of opposition and United’s attitude meant they didn’t sit back and with eight minutes left Paul Dummett was the surprise match winner.
In open play Armstrong provided another quality assist, crossing for Dummett to arrive late and provide a diving header.
Dummett had started left-back then replaced Janmaat on the right, so what he was doing arriving in the box with 8 minutes left is open to question.
It was then left for Rob Elliot to produce a last gasp cracking save that denied us the agonies of penalties.
Through to the next round of the League Cup against Manchester City but hopefully just as importantly the restoration of a bit of belief and enterprise in the team fro the coming Premier League tough schedule.
Team: Elliot, Janmaat (Haidara), Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Dummett, Colback, Abeid, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi (Sissoko 66), Armstrong, Riviere (Perez 80)
Unused Subs: Alnwick, Cabella, Anita, Ferreyra
Ref: Robert Madley
Crowd: 13,773 (2,200 Newcastle)
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