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Crystal Palace star gutted with Newcastle loss after ‘controlling’ the game

3 years ago
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Julian Speroni says he and his Crystal Palace teammates just have to ‘take it on the chin and move on’ after losing to Newcastle.

The Palace keeper somehow believed that the visitors ‘were in control of the game’ over the course of the 90 minutes.

Julian Speroni also declaring ‘We know how much we dominated possession but that’s the way it is…’

For what it is worth, in a poor game of next to no chances, Crystal Palace were the better team in the first half, though rarely threatening to do anything of consequence.

The truth is though that then Newcastle edged the second half and certainly the last half hour or so, became the dominant team as the match went on.

Palace seeming to settle for a point and Newcastle pressing for all three – on that basis alone I would say if anybody deserved to win it was the home side.

For all Townsend and Zaha flattered to deceive before the break, they rarely managed to get in any dangerous situations, as Lascelles marshalled his defence.

As the stats show below anyway, it was Newcastle who had more possession and Crystal Palace didn’t manage a single shot on target.

A poor match where arguably neither side deserved much from it but hardly one of those hard luck stories where bad luck and/or a brilliant goalkeeper prevents what looked a certain win for the opposition.

Julian Speroni talking to Croydon Advertiser:

“It’s always frustrating when you concede a goal so late in the game.

“We know how much we dominated possession but that’s the way it is…

“We need to take it on the chin and move on.

“Results are important but the way we played, we are going to win more than we lose.

“We didn’t create enough but we were in control of the game, which is important in the Premier League.

“We did so many of the right things and we’ll take those positives – it is hard to take.

“We had a bit of bad fortune about the goal but in a long season things like that will even themselves up. You get bad luck and good luck.

“But we can’t take anything for granted, we’ve got to put in those performances week in and week out, like last week (win over Chelsea) and against Newcastle, and climb up the table as quickly as possible.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0

Goals:

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)

(Andros Townsend believes Newcastle didn’t deserve to win – read it 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)

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