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:
“An incredibly open game, but a good first half for Newcastle United.
“Nervy times ahead in the second 45 mins.”
“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
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame (Hayden 65), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 57), Gayle, Perez (Merino 80)
Dubravka, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy
Crowd: 25,746 (Newcastle 2,900)