Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0 – Saturday 21 October 2017 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:

Ben Cooper:

“Great win.

“When Palace won last week I thought we would win today.

“There is nothing more certain with NUFC that a team with no points would beat us, when they beat Chelsea last week it was a massive relief.

“The game was toss but I would rather win a toss game than draw one. Howay the lads.”

Jamie Smith:

“Difficult first half where Palace looked like continuing their form after beating Chelsea but no real incidents to speak of at either end.

“To be fair to him, the catalyst for change seemed to be the introduction of Diame for the woeful Perez.

“All of the action took place in the last 10-15 minutes and Merino popping up with a timely and welcome winner gives us a steady 9 days to talk loads and loads about takeovers without football matches getting in the way.”

Jamie Swan:

“Another clean sheet, another goal from a set-piece (which used to be as likely as Mike Ashley beating Mo Farah in a 10k race) and another hard fought 3 points.

“Rafa’s boys now up to the dizzy heights of sixth!

“Steely and solid, just the top end where we need a bit more swaz.

“Hopefully we keep up the hard work until January and then we can get our hands on some goals.

“Can Mandy afford Harry Kane? Ha ha ha.”

David Punton:

“In a week punctuated by credible takeover talk I’d almost forgotten we had a game today.

“I expected a tough test and that’s what we got.

“It’s always nice to play well but there is something truly stirring when a below par game is stolen at the death.

“Step forward Mikel Merino.

“I’d heard claims in the summer it was something of a coup to get this lad from Dortmund and so it’s proving.

“In a drab game he’s come up with a winning header late in the game to push up to sixth place.

“The former Palace owner Simon Jordan was spouting rubbish about Newcastle fans a few days ago so this felt very sweet indeed.

“We march on.”

Toon Bano:

“I was expecting these types of games at home against lesser opposition, as Rafa has form for them with his time at Liverpool, but when you end up winning….couldn’t care less!!

“Get in there. Top 6 baby.

“Takeover anyone….??!!”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“It’s these types of games that define our seasons.

“In both relegation seasons we would have lost that.

“Mikel Merino is such a talent and now he is winning us points.

“Just to top it off I think that pretty much makes it impossible for Palace to stay up.

“Brilliant, lets enjoy tonight while it lasts!”

Paul Patterson:

“Doesn’t matter how or when they come.

“Just as long as they do.

“HTL.”

Davey Hat Trick:

“Had this ended 0-0 I wouldn’t have had too many complaints.

“And if there is something on MOTD  after it, don’t watch it.

“Palace looked like they came for a bore draw; unfortunately so did we.

“But we livened up in the last 15 and got a win we just about deserved.

“Our defence looked comfortable once again. Yedlin and Lejeune the picks for me.

“No complaints – 3 points and I’m just about persuaded we’ll be safe this season.”

Paul Lyon:

“Relief!!

“Far from a classic but it always feels good to be on the right side of the scoreline of games like today’s.

“Delighted with the 3 points!”

Nat Seaton:

“A disappointing game but what a great 3 points!!!

“Onwards and upwards…”

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



  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    A terrible game where Newcastle lucked out most heinously but you need things like that to go your way if you want to stay up.

    • Atilla McNamee

      As Gary Player said “The harder I work, the luckier I get!”.

  • Andy Mac

    “We appreciate we have a manager with a lot of experience. We work hard
    in training – sometimes it isn’t always fun, but the thing is, when you
    win on a Saturday, you know that it’s all worth it, and that’s why the
    gaffer keeps at us. We won’t be having a day off tomorrow – he’s like,
    ‘No, keep going, because that’s what’s got us where we are.’ And the
    lads all laugh, because we know that’s what’s got us where we are and we
    need to keep doing it. We can’t get cocky and think we can just turn up
    and win”

    Rob Elliot after todays game.

  • Simon Ritter

    Listening to Ando analysis on BBC Newcastle, I thought we would drop at least two points. But once we scored I remembered that players such as Zaha and Townsend rarely string together two winning performances. They were outstanding against Chelsea and today seemed to return to their typical no-end-product style. Nothing on target from Palace so they got what they deserved: nothing. I like winning ugly. Far better than losing ugly. Onward and upward!

  • TwinFire

    This is always my favourite article on The Mag. So happy the lads ground out this win, makes up for the silly pen last week

  • 1957

    A dire game of football, the sort we would have lost under previous managers.

    • Rich Lawson

      Yes,usually from a corner in the 4th minute of injury time,no fun to watch but we seem to be capable of grinding out a result now ,where I used to watch the final moments threw my fingers.

  • Danimal

    Our best result this season, massive six-pointer.

  • Andy Mac

    Taking part of The Dilsh’s quote “We work hard in training – sometimes it isn’t always fun, but the thing is, when you win on a Saturday, you know that it’s all worth it, and that’s why the gaffer keeps at us”

    This sort of attitude works with young, impressionable players and even the older ones like Matty Ritchie. His assists this season are just shy of the total number he managed in Bournemouth’s entire first PL season. Maybe he’s getting better as he matures but Rafa gets the best out of him – of that there is no doubt.

  • Alreet

    The way the results are coming in it really is good timing wen each match comes round. Burnley away next. Which i can see being just as tight but bring it on.

  • HarryHype59

    This match reminded me of a boxing match between two counter punchers! Boring to watch but a good win in the end!

    It has been a good weekend for the promoted teams in the EPL.

  • gallowgate26

    I think we would have lost that under previous managers. Now under Rafa the relentless we are winning/drawing. If we could keep Rafa I don’t think we’d ever be relegated, even with a budget squad. Hopefully though he gets the chance to make us a force again.