Andros Townsend couldn’t get away quick enough when Newcastle were relegated in May 2016.

Now 17 months later, the winger came up against his former club for the first time.

A late Mikel Merino header proving the difference between the two sides, on a day when chances and entertainment were at a premium.

Andros Townsend says it is hard to take when you lose out to a set-piece but Palace failed to get a shot on target, so not too sure the visitors deserved anything.

Townsend accepts Palace deserved not to win but claims that was also the case with Newcastle.

However, the league table on Sunday morning shows Newcastle sixth and Crystal Palace 20th, NUFC fully 11 points ahead.

You have to wonder what was going through Townsend’s head as the Palace players made their way back to London on Saturday night, whether leaving Newcastle after only 12 starts was really the brightest thing to do…

Andros Townsend:

“Obviously the dressing room is very disappointed to lose this (Newcastle) game as we came with a game plan which worked to a T but to get undone by a set-piece is difficult to take.

“We now have to dust ourselves down and move on.

“You get some for and against you in a season where deflections play their part and we had one last week which went our way with our opening goal.

“We can’t complain but as you look across the whole game, I would say neither side deserved to win this one with there not being many clear cut chances, so the game deserved a draw but we need to defend until the end of the match but unfortunately we didn’t today.

“We had a fantastic result last weekend and then in this game, came away from home against a good side that are set up really well but we almost got a point out of this one.

“We are moving in the right direction and unfortunately today wasn’t our day.”

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

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden (Merino 56), Atsu, Perez (Diame 66), Joselu (Mitrovic 78)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Murphy

Crowd: 52,251

(Read what Rafa had to say after the match HERE)

(Garth Crooks believes Newcastle could win the Premier League if Rafa is given right resources – Read HERE)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Palace match HERE)

(Alan Shearer reacts to win over Palace HERE)

(Amusing Roy Hodgson hard luck story after final whistle HERE)

  • Soldier

    wonder if he has a release clause in the event of Palace being relegated

  • Peaky Magpie

    He’s maybe right but you lost Andros,get over it.

  • StevieB

    He’ll be back in January I believe

    • Peaky Magpie

      Would make a decent number 10.

      • Scott wood

        Merino cpuld play 10 who i think is much better then townsend

        • Peaky Magpie

          Yes,fair comment and both better than Perez or heaven forbid Diame.

          • Viru leckworth

            Diame made a difference yesterday. I thought he did more in his few minute s on pitch than he has for the whole first part of the season. Admittedly that wouldn’t have taken too much effort, but could it be a turning point for the lad?

          • Sing in the Leazes

            Yes he did didn’t he?
            I hope it wasn’t Lascelles’ training ground blasting that did it.
            16 months of dross then one b*ll*cking and he turns it on – shameful.

  • Dutch

    More MAG rubbish

  • Steven05

    I wonder who can be the next Pardew in his eyes to take his game to the next level

    Would I want him back? I want what’s best for Newcastle, so if Rafa wants him back, then yes

  • Paul Patterson

    Stuff you Andros, hope you go down. Poetic justice and all that . .

  • East Durham Mag

    Not one attempt on goal in 90 minutes. Nothing more to be said Andros.

  • steve pearce

    That was the worst Newcastle performance so far this season make no mistake. What we lacked was a powerful decisive midfielder who is adept at taking the game to the opposition. So come back Andros Townsend all is forgiven!

    • Chris J

      Nah, championship player

      • Paul Patterson

        No time for turncoats . .

    • StevieB

      Erm Huddersfield??

    • Wor Monga

      We lacked a few better quality players out there, but we didn’t lack Townsend…he lacked us!!!

  • TheTradge

    Maybe so Andros, but your man Cabaye should have been sent off for that horror tackle, and was lucky to remain on the pitch, so had justice been done we’d have won by 3 or 4 goals! Also, you guys didn’t have a single shot on target, you can’t win matches if you can’t hit the target!

  • Alreet

    May be. Aside from the fact that your teams finishing is appaling. You didnt have a shot on target. Were lucky to finish with 11 men and we got the goal.

    Yep… besides that you should have won.

    • Jimblag23

      Joselu was lucky not to get another yellow too though.
      Both teams were pretty abysmal yesterday so Townsend is completely right.

      • Alreet

        Have you seen the stats. They had no shots on target. Bad match yes but they didnt deserve to win.

        • Jimblag23

          Neither team deserved anything.
          That should be a new rule, if the match is that bad. No points 🤣

        • Phil K

          Absolutely. Rafa matched Hodgson’s negative tactics with his own. And it worked. Whoever scored first were going to win. We all knew that. And Palace did what every losing team does. Whine that they deserved more, when 90% of the time they DIDN’T. Mark Hughes is a past master at that

  • Martin

    Townsend was the best player on the pitch. We could have had him in January had Ashley stumped up a loan fee.

    • Wor Monga

      …Nah they can keep him…he didn’t like it up Norff… we weren’t good enough for him, and it’s much too far away from the sunny Sarff for the England scouts!!!

      • Phil K

        No, thats unfair. Its common for decent players to want to stay in the top league. He did want to come back, remember – Crystal Palace just overpriced him. I thought he got unfair stick. And yes, probably best player on pitch. The game was poor due to Hodgsons tactics being met with same dampening tactics from Rafa.
        And it worked, if unsightly

        • Wor Monga

          It might be common for decent players to stay in the top league, but he’s not that good…Spurs sent him everywhere, and nobody wanted him at £13m except Pardew because he’d put in a few good shifts,for us…he got Palace, and they can keep him, as far as I’m concerned for when they go down!!!

          • Phil K

            Yeah, but you’re supposed to judge players on what they do for you, not their performances elsewhere. And you’re harsh on his Tottenham performances. He put shifts in while here and thats more than you can say for a lot of the players around him. Lascelles “must-do” attitude was a rarity

          • Wor Monga

            I’m judging him on his character, not his handful of games for us…or his performances for Tottenham which certainly weren’t good enough for them…but we gave him the chance of a permanent move on his regular PL wages, when nobody else was prepared to do that, and keep him on them in the Championship…

            …but, it wasn’t enough to see him become noticed by Alladyce or Hodgson, and become the next England big star…is he there yet?!!!

          • Phil K

            Well I recall Hodgson praising him (and getting panned for his cringe inducing choice of words) playing for England, so I think you’re shuffling facts a bit recklessly there.
            Regardless. I don’t think he’s the villain that say, Sissoko and Wiljnaldum were

          • Wor Monga

            …No they were rats, but at least the club could profit (and Rafa should have profitted) from them because they went to clubs that were in the top 6…Townsend went to the only club that would meet his personal demands, and he gave Pardew a glowing tribute for doing so!!!

          • nufcslf

            Cashley profited, you mean…..not the club…

  • Wor Monga

    You’re totally wrong Townsend we did deserve to win simply because the ball ended up in the back of your net, and it didn’t in ours…that’s the cruel nature of
    the beast called football anything else may be nice to look at, but just doesn’t count when it matters…I’ve seen better and I’ve seen worse, but the conditions
    didn’t help, and neither did the defensive nature of Hodgson’s team with 2 very fast and dangerous wingers and absolutely nothing venturing forward up the middle for them to aim at…

    …it might have worked against an overconfident Chelsea side, but Rafa’s back 4 is much more disciplined these days…Cabaye scissoring down Yedlin like that
    was very late and dangerous, and he should have seen red like Shelvey / Hayden would have straight off, in his place…Joselu and Perez were easily
    smothered out of the game by their crowded defensive tactics, and with Shelvey, Hayden and Ritchie always mindful of their devastating pace out wide, on the
    break it left it up to Atsu alone to get behind them …

    …Mikel coming on changed things as he started going at them holding the ball which allowed our midfield to get up amongst them, and at that point it was
    only a matter of time before we deserved to win the game!!!

  • gallowgate26

    He’ll want to join us again if Palace are relegated. Like a rat climbing up the masts of a sinking ship.

  • Wor Monga

    All of this fan worship for Andros Townsend who needed to be in the PL just to have some International recognition…but they only avoided relegation last time with Fat Sam, and so far he’s managed 2 decent games (Zaha was MoM against Chelsea) out of 9 in which they’ve managed the sum total of 2 goals…so what kind of world beater (or even team player ) does that make a lad who Rafa asked to stay on and help us get out of the Championship…

    …no! Southgate was watching yesterday, and so he put himself into the spotlight !!!

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Completely agree. He shouldnt have jumped ship but I also think he was in a purple patch for us and this is more his norm. Dont understand the love in for a player who just as badly jumped ship as the rest of the ship rats.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Actually put it this way. If Rafa had some more funds there is no way he’d be looking at Townsend.

  • angrywasp

    Perhaps u can jump ship again in the vain hope that you could be a prem player…sour grapes townsend…you will never be toon worthy again

  • Phil K

    To be fair, Townsend was one of the few players putting in a shift when he played for us in that last season Too many just wanted away. THAT was the prevailing mentality amongst those being paid by us. Only Lascelles had a different opinion.

  • Paul lindsley

    Don’t bring him back leave him to rot at palace we want players who want to play for us.

    • Paul lindsley

      7 months on ya can still keep him take Gayle and Josalu to for nix

  • fistsofsteel2

    You going to abandon Palace too when they get relegated? Bloody mercenary.

  • nufcslf

    Townsend would look good in this present toon side. Him on one side and Atsu on the other. He made his decision and has to live with it, end of story.

  • Frank Fforde

    Nothing wrong with those comments. I still really like Andros Townsend. The issue he had was he was good enough to play for England and wanted to get back in the squad. He was never going to do that playing for us in the championship. Also bear in mind, he’s a londoner and that’s where his friends and family live.