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)



  • Paul Patterson

    Shots on target – 0. End of . .

  • Rich Lawson

    No,actually you didn’t dominate play,given our now accepted tactic of a firm defense soaking up pressure then looking for a break away/set piece it was quite a high % of possession for NUFC.

  • Leicester Mag

    Seems as much about trying to convince themselves and their fans as anything. Essentially 50% possession, no shots on target a mullering does not make. Enjoy the championship, perjaps Cabeye or Townsend could send us a postcard from their visit to the beach when in Sunderland next season?

    • Paul Patterson

      Looks like S********d could be in league 1 by then . .

  • Wor Monga

    There’s a lot of talk these days about controlling the game, but classing long hit passes out of your defensive third for 2 fast wide men…leading to almost no end product doesn’t have a lot to do with controlling a game…they almost succeeded in closing the game down, and restricted us to several long shots by being very tight across the back, but their very expensive central midfielder Cabaye created nothing much in our half, and his well known shooting ability from distance was none existent

    …For most of the game we didn’t have enough quality and power up front needed to go through a massed defensive set-up like they applied, but all it ended up doing was stifling the game as a contest…

    …until we brought more guile and strength into the attack with Mikel and Mo which shattered Palace’s intention of killing the game as a contest, and led to their disappointed goalkeepers sour grapes!!!

    • Little Pedro

      Totally agree, it wasn’t nessersarly a poor game imo, it was tactical from the off, Rafa’s way, I have seen us play much better and get hammered

  • Phil K

    Classic case of “We played well, ergo we controlled the game” nope there wasn’t much to choose between the two. An awful game to watch, with neither side wanting to risk much. But as soon as Merino and Diame came on there was only going to be one winner. And as for “controlling” Yesterday Liverpool had nearly 70% of the ball at Spuds. But did the papers or TV say Liverpool “dominated” ? No they didn’t. Tottenham won easy they said. Despite have about a third of the possession

  • GToon

    You know if we had any sentiment we would give Palace the three points instead of keeping them for ourselves or maybe offer them an honorary draw instead. Obviously our totally undeserved victory shouldn’t be allowed to stand. Oh and by the way please can we have the championship trophy for 95/96 as we did all of the attacking that season while that naughty Man Utd team soaked up pressure and hit teams on the break. How unfair!

  • steve pearce

    Well said!

    I think Palace played well and we may have been guilty of underestimating them. If they had had fit strikers the score could have been quite different. I hope that this was our wake up call as complacency is the killer of ambition. It’s no good waiting for a new buyer to appear and plodding on until January. We must keep our organisation and desire as we have to play Chelse, Arsenal and Man City before then.