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:
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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!”
“Doesn’t matter how or when they come.
“Just as long as they do.
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.”
“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!”
“A disappointing game but what a great 3 points!!!
“Onwards and upwards…”
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
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden (Merino 56), Atsu, Perez (Diame 66), Joselu (Mitrovic 78)
Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Murphy