It was a hard luck story for Roy Hodgson.
The Palace boss feeling hard done by despite Rob Elliot not having a shot on target to save in the entire 90 minutes.
The former England manager declaring ‘Football is like that. You don’t always get what you deserve.’
Maybe Roy Hodgson will look back and see a tight game where one goal was always going to win it and how he made the decision halfway through the second-half, to clearly try and settle for a point, with his team dropping very deep.
This gave Newcastle the space and encouragement, with the home side pushing for all three points late on, and arguably deserving the victory because of that.
“There were some very good performances from us in particular.
“The quality of our play was very good.
“We needed a goal to take one point (or more) and set plays are always a problem.
“It was unfortunate as our player got his head to the ball but headed it against the Newcastle bloke.
“”I cannot criticise our performance.
“From the first minute to the last it was everything I expected and under normal circumstances would have got us a result.
“Football is like that. You don’t always get what you deserve.
“I would have been more disappointed had the performance had not as been as good as I would have anticipated it to be, so when you give a good performance you always hope that you get your reward but on this occasion we didn’t.
“It’s not the first time in my life that I’ve seen a team I’ve coached do well enough to get a good result and not get it. The important thing for me is that the players, who are bitterly disappointed at the moment, don’t allow their confidence to drop which was boosted by the win against Chelsea.
“There were so many aspects of our play and periods in the game where we did more than enough to come away from St James’ Park with a win today.
“The thing we have to do as coaches and managers is not divorce the performance from the result and you can’t stop believing – if you give good performances you will get good results and when you give a good performance that you have a possibility of a result, but it’s not a given. Last week we gave a good performance and got a win, and in my opinion we gave a good performance today and got a defeat.”
“It was a chance for us to win the game, but he (Loftus-Cheek) dragged his shot and Van Aanholt coming in at the far post couldn’t get a foot on it. It would have been nice if we could have scored that one because that would definitely have given us a positive result even if they had equalised.
“But at 0-0, anything can happen and it happened to us at a corner kick – watching the replay we were unlucky that the header cannons into Merino off McArthur and whizzes past our goalkeeper, so that was a further piece of bad luck.
“There are 29 games to go; we’ve beaten the champions and come here against a Newcastle team doing well, and in my opinion I thought we matched them and were the stronger team for large periods of the game.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0
Newcastle: Merino 86
Possession was Palace 45% Newcastle 55%
Total shots were Palace 10 Newcastle 7
Shots on target were Palace 0 Newcastle 3
Corners were Palace 5 Newcastle 3
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden (Merino 56), Atsu, Perez (Diame 66), Joselu (Mitrovic 78)
Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Murphy
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Palace match HERE)
(Alan Shearer reacts to win over Palace HERE)