A vital game at Selhurst Park with Alan Shearer and every other Newcastle fan watching on anxiously.

Going into the game with only three points separating positions 11th to 19th, a win for either side could/would take them into 11th.

Either side could have won the game but it ended up a draw.

Alan Shearer summing up the match perfectly.

Newcastle were the better side in the first half and arguably deserved to be more than one goal ahead.

Shearer’s half-time verdict was that he was impressed with NUFC in an open game but there were ‘nervy times ahead’ after the break.

He wasn’t wrong.

United kept at it and some desperate defending kept them in it but whilst Palace dominated after the break it took the linesman with a very ‘brave’ decision to hand the home side an equaliser.

Some shirt grabbing from Clark and Benteke ended up with the linesman making the call for a penalty, Alan Shearer calling it right and saying: ‘If that’s a penalty then there should be ten penalties a game!’

The second-half started with Palace given every decision and that penalty call summed up the bias.

Palace may have deserved a point but Newcastle now go on with a well-earned draw, it could and should have been maybe more.

Alan Shearer via Twitter:

Half-Time verdict:

“An incredibly open game, but a good first half for Newcastle United.

“Nervy times ahead in the second 45 mins.”

Full-Time verdict:

“A good point in the end.

“If that’s a penalty then there should be ten penalties a game!”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1


Newcastle: Diame 22

Palace: Milivojevic (Pen) 55

Possession was Palace 54% Newcastle 46%

Total shots were  Palace 21 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were Palace 6 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Palace 5 Newcastle 6

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame (Hayden 65), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 57), Gayle, Perez (Merino 80)

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy

Crowd: 25,746 (Newcastle 2,900)

  • Leazes.

    We don’t get ‘marginal calls’ with the referees, there is a bias which has been going on far too long and is ignored by the association despite the statistical evidence of institutionalized discriminatory error pilling up.

    • gallowgate26

      Yeah but when they finally do give us a penalty we haven’t even got a striker capable of hitting the ball. If Palace didn’t get that pen today, there were 4-5 equally good chances, we seemed to be hanging on in the end of the first half. We deserved no more than a point and 3 would have been very fortunate in the last two games. I agree the refs seem biased. Mariner in particular always seems to red card or pen against us. There didn’t look to be much in their pen today, very soft indeed but the linesman gave it, so can’t just blame Mariner.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        could only happen to us

        • gallowgate26

          I would drop Clark for Mbemba sadly. He has cost us a few points in the last month or so to my memory. I don’t think Lejune would be much better or has enough experience this season though.

          • StevieB

            Totally agree. Mbemba must just sit at home scratching his head wondering what he does wrong . Ciaran Clark had a mare today . He needs a timeout

          • Malcolm Robinson

            2 superb blocks from clark got us a point

          • Whickhamrobbie

            Sadly Clarke has reverted to his Villa Profile and his form has dipped alarmingly but then again the whole team has imploded . Cause Rafa ? Ashley ? or Both ?.

      • Leazes.

        Lack of practice

        • gallowgate26

          lack of ability

        • Ram Kishore

          It felt like whenever we conceded a goal.
          We go into a defensive whether we are leading or down or in a drawn position

      • thewildchimp

        Clark was holding onto Benteke’s shirt for too long. Refs thought that was the reason why he couldn’t have jumped and awarded the free kick. As simple as that. Clark can only blame himself.

    • Cockneytrev

      Mariner definitely has it in for us (villa fan) 9 bookings and a sending off against Arsenal in our relegation season… I think that display was the most anti Newcastle refereeing display I’ve ever seen ( maybe Arsenal away Ginola sending off, or Trelford mills )
      But I also think there is a bias against us.

      • Danimal

        What words can you not use here?

        • Danimal

          What about that public school headmaster from Harrow, who inexplicably got the gig every time we played in London? Red card, nil points, red card rescinded, still nil points.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    very true Al that penalty was soft, to say the least but Clark should have known better. 30 mins in a i thought we`d come out winners but we haven`t got the quality to sustain it for 90 mins. we need a guy like Slim leading the line so hopefully a weeks rest & he`ll be ready to play.

    • Danimal

      It’s a penalty all day long. But we wouldn’t have got it. Palace have had about seven or eight pens this season and three or four opponents sent off.

  • gallowgate26

    Bournemouth away, West Brom home. Huddersfield home, possibly Southampton at home. These are now MUST win games. Even then it might not be enough and need a couple of other shock wins.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      win 3 of those 4 and we may well survive

    • Tomb

      Some of the easier games towards the end of the season tend be against those teams with nowt to play for. Leicester, Everton, Watford Chelsea could end up being a better chance for points.

  • Paul Patterson

    Sadly, Palace had two other much stronger penalty shouts. Shelvey’s pull was a stone waller.

    • steveS100

      At the same time as Shelvey was pulling his shirt another Palace player had a handful of Clark’s. The referees have lost control of the penalty area on corners. It’s now a lottery whether they give a penalty; a lottery that decides matches. Palace’s penalty changed the whole momentum of the game.

      • Peter Robson

        I thought I was the only person who saw that, but of course the commentator didn´t see it either !! They just love to dump on our team !!

      • Paul Patterson

        My biggest problem is that referee’s these days GUESS decisions.
        If you don’t see it, don’t give it.

    • Leazes.

      Only if you penalise shirt pulling which most refs don’t!

      • Rich Lawson

        ”Keep your hands off,just keep your hands off”

  • Steve Smith

    There’s only one victim tonight.

    The official’s wife.

    If that’s not soft to him then she cannot be a very happy woman.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Just got back trains delayed on way down and back it’s a joke on Sunday’s.
    If look at any corners for example it’s five penalty’ s every time which is fair enough but please give them all the time not once in a blue moon. I remember Williamson s one against our friends down the road. Yes a penalty but please give them every time and we will see penalty shoot outs during the ninety minutes.

  • Geordiegiants

    Ten???? Every time there is a corner at least half a dozen people would give away a penalty!

  • S.G.M.

    Rafa’s Half-time talk quite obviously not as good as Hodgson’s.

  • S.G.M.

    You need to stop moaning about decisions. and talk about what was said, or not said at half time, Palace were inspired, Mags were not.

  • Tomb

    We were lucky to draw. Shelveys pull should have resulted in a penalty. We got away with one against Burnley and against Swansea. No hard luck story here.