Alan Shearer and the rest of the Newcastle fan base were kept waiting.

A shocking game had seen neither side really threaten and fans were getting resigned to a goalless draw.

Palace had edged it…but that wasn’t saying much.

The visitors didn’t have a shot on target all day, even though both Townsend and Zaha were lively in the first half.

The quality of football was really poor and Newcastle were ponderous in their approach play, meaning supporters had little faith in chances being created, never mind hitting the back of the net.

with 20-25 minutes to go, there was a bit of a sea change, as Palace went ultra negative to protect the point, whilst Merino and Diame came on and made Newcastle look a little better.

Still though, chances remained almost non-existent, until with four minutes left on the clock, a left wing corner was floated sent over and sub Mikel Merino connected.

Speroni was left floundering and the ball hit the back of the net, giving Newcastle three points and Merino his first goal in English football.

The explosion of relief reverberated around St James Park and Alan Shearer joined in via his Twitter account, his response saying it all…

Alan Shearer:


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

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

  • Paul Patterson

    I don’t see the problem. If we’d drew then fair enough. Poor performance but hey how.
    It’s a game we would’ve lost in years gone by.

  • Leazes Ender

    Did the entertainers really happen?

    • Lofty

      They did Leazes, but that’s in the past. Had they won a couple of games like that we’d have won the League.

      • Magpies

        Extremely well said.

    • Rich Lawson

      I get it !

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Winning poor games is a pretty useful survival skill over a season

    • Jezza

      Sometimes you have to grind out a result and the ability to do that can make the difference between success and failure at the end of the season. I’m quite content tonight.

      • Rich Lawson

        Nice to see you back pal,where you been ?

        • Jezza

          Thanks. I’ve just been very busy lately and have been trying to spend a bit less time online so I generally only come on The Mag on match days now.

  • Leazes Ender

    Anyone know who the star of yesteryear footballer was on that new banner?

    • Paul Patterson

      Lascelles surely

    • Albert Stubbins

      Couple on the pitch at half time but not on any banners I saw.

  • Grahame Johnson

    Not a good advert for football but a great advert of supporting a team kicked from pillar to post for weeks and getting your chance to say up yours

    • East Durham Mag

      Graeme the air of disappointment on BBC Final Score from the three muppets on it was great and made my day. Oh how they were busting for Palace to win.

      • Grahame Johnson

        Nowt like that from over 50000 mags ha ha, just makes us more united

  • pedrodelgardo

    A win when you haven’t played well is gold.

  • Mark Spark

    Ive always thought Cabaye was a dirty player,yes,even when he was playing for us.I remember him being a master of the no look stamp,heyho at least we didnt lose a player to injury as usually the case everytime it happens

  • Peaky Magpie

    A striker with even half of Big Al’s ability and we would be really flying now but a great 3 points nonetheless.

  • steve pearce

    Yes – the mark of a truly good team is to be able to win even when they play badly…

    • Steven05

      We’ve played the odd couple of 4-3 defeats at Anfield and got credt for the way we played. Man Utd won a fair few 1-0’s and got trophys for. I realise we weren’t exceptional today but I’m absolutely ecstatic with the final result

  • Mike

    Cab should have been off….looked bad at the game even worse on MOTD