Crystal Palace fans experienced the highs last weekend, a surprise 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea giving them respite from a terrible season so far.
Saturday afternoon it was back to no points and no goals.
However, Crystal Palace fans were pretty united in the belief that they’d managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (or at least a point).
A game of few chances saw Palace arguably the better team, with a late Newcastle winner crushing the travelling fans.
There is nothing like a late winner to give supporters the respective highs and lows.
The Crystal Palace fans not very complimentary about Newcastle United, apart from begrudging comments regarding Rafa’s defensive-minded formation and its effectiveness.
Crystal Palace fans comment via their top Holmesdale message board:
‘Deserve to be relegated if we can’t beat such a poor Newcastle team. We were so average today it was painful.’
‘Just sick of losing games in this fashion. Better side all game, created a bunch of chances, then let in a soft goal in the last few minutes when they haven’t threatened us at all.’
‘Benitez did a good job getting his defence to nullify our no-striker approach while forsaking any ambition from his own side. They then got a goal out of nothing.
A bit of chess game this match. A really, really boring chess game.’
‘We’d have won this if we had a striker. Had total dominance for most of the 2nd half against a Newcastle team playing rubbish.’
‘Gutting that. Was there for the taking. They turned it up in the last 15 and that was the difference. That and our missed chances.’
‘Wilf often has a bad game because the other team shuts him down and all the while they’ve got at least half an eye on him they are less effective. I think it was telling that Newcastle upped their game when he came off. I’m not a Roy hater at all but I think that was his first big mistake so far. It was an almost Pardew-like substitution.
Personally, with my admitted limited knowledge of management, I would have taken Cabaye off at or near HT and brought RLC on then. Cabaye was at risk of blowing his top (good on him that he didn’t in the end), he was letting the crowd and the other team get to him.’
‘Well that was worth getting up at 3.00am in the morning for! In truth neither side deserved to win that, Very average from both teams, Newcastle very lucky to get anything,’
‘We were the better side. They were rubbish and offered nothing but AGAIN we concede from a corner… We clearly have a problem with defending corners.’
‘Townsend has to polish up his shooting.’
‘Agree his shooting is very poor, also he needs to learn to pass, he holds onto it way too long, always hoping to have a chance for himself only.’
‘From a big high last week to a big low this week. We were always generally in control but they defended in numbers well enough.’h and we had no goal scoring ideas.
We had all the control upto the penalty area but when you need the goal scorers to take over I am afraid we had none.’
‘Should have swapped Cabaye for RLC and kept Wilf on. Wilf coming off gave them a lift.’
‘Watching West Ham last night they have a lot of quality individuals but I can’t see them sitting as deep or being as disciplined as Newcastle. They let a fairly average Brighton team take them apart on the break and defensively they look weak. Plus they have Joe Hart in goal.’
‘Thanks for getting back to kicking us in the boll…. every Saturday Palace. Even worse that we were the better team and had chances to win it.’
‘We were the better team, bossed most of the game and Newcastle had to work hard to keep us out. Cruel sucker punch to lose to a last minute ricochet corner but that’s football.’
‘The reason that football is so exciting is because it is completely unfair. Today was the perfect example of that.’
‘The fact is Wilf had the easiest chance to score in the match today and missed.
He had been stopped all game by their defence and so no point in risking keeping him on.
We were in control virtually all game but they scored a fortunate goal and we did not.’
‘I was there today and we looked pretty good, composed and in control most of the game. We should have done better in a few attacking situations but were solid in defence.
That is until the last 10 minutes or so when they made a couple of subs and we didn’t… they started to look stronger and we were a bit slow with our subs.
In the end we were a bit unlucky and that’s football – Newcastle are a good side but most of the match we were the better team – you just have to take something when you’re in the ascendancy or you can come a cropper. Play like that every week and we’ll pick up points – not going to worry about relegation – it could happen but there’s enough time and matches for the averages to even out in our favour.’