Alan Pardew dominated much of the pre-match talk and a bit like the first half, what Newcastle fans would or wouldn’t shout at him became a bit of a non-event.
Not surprisingly, the home supporters were more focused on their winning the game and potentially saving their Premier League lives.
Thankfully the actual match and not the returning manager was what dominated the post-match conversations and you sense maybe even Alan Pardew was pleased about that…
The Palace boss described the Newcastle fan reaction to him as ‘muted’, something that he thought was ‘nice’.
Alan Pardew believes that a lot of Newcastle supporters accept that he ‘managed here to the best of my ability’ and talks of having had ‘good times’ to lean on.
An FA Cup run and potential takeover of Crystal Palace have potentially saved Pardew, as today means that he has a record of one Premier League win now in the last 19 matches – an entire half season’s worth of games!
Alan Pardew refused to meet the assembled journalists for the post-match question and answer session but he did do the bare minimum and spoke to BBC Sport.
“For long periods we looked in control of the game, especially in the first half.
“They had a good spell in the second-half and the crowd got involved, they scored right at the end of that period – we needed to score and we didn’t.
“The game came down to two set-plays and that is the margin we are at…this was a tight game.
“Rafa Benitez has improved Newcastle in terms of their defensive structure, it is difficult to get at them and they have edged a win here.
“I thought the reception I got was muted, which was nice.
“A lot of people understand that I managed here to the best of my ability and we had some good times that I lean on.”