Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1 – Sunday 4 February 2018 2.15pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle 1-1 at Crystal Palace, meaning both sides gain a valuable point in the ever so tight relegation battle.
“Very lucky point that we really had to dig in for.
“We were bright in the first half hour but then completely lost our way.
“The second half was embarrassing – entirely out-muscled and out-played for the entire 45 minutes.
“I honestly think that I have never seen a more pointless participant in a game of professional football than Dwight Gayle today. Absolutely woeful.
“Offered nothing – no pace, no presence, no movement, no energy and entirely devoid of belief.
“Ayoze was also flimsy and flat. A very poor game from him too.
“Strange move from Rafa to try and hoof long balls up to them all game…. We desperately need Slimani in to lead the line ASAP.
“Dummett was probably our MOTM today. Lots of important interceptions and kept Townsend quiet. Darlow was nervy but made some brave blocks and was unlucky with the penalty.
“Yedlin had a tough afternoon and was skinned time and time again which left Ritchie with way too much defending to do to possibly offer any threat going forward.
“Shelvey ineffective as usual and tried his best to give away another penalty at the end. Always way too much hype about him. Rarely makes any positive impact. Talk of an England recall is embarrassing.
“Ultimately, it’s another point closer to survival but we have a long way to go yet. We need some wins. Very difficult to see where our next 3 points will come from.
“The worrying thing is that the likes of Bournemouth and Swansea are capable of pulling off unlikely wins against the top sides, which is something that we never look like doing.
“Rafa vs Jose next weekend – a good time to start maybe….?”
“Ridiculous to have a penalty given for that. Happens several times in every game ever.
“Having said, you can’t deny Palace deserved something on balance. Having played well first half, the second was abysmal, and you get almost grateful for the point that does us no good at all in the increasingly desperate battle at the bottom.
“Thought Darlow did well and was unlucky not to notch another penalty save.
“Kenedy superb again and his withdrawal for the sketchy Atsu ended any attacking threat.
“Hope he’s ok for Man U, who we unfortunately must get something against.”
“Selhurst Park is the only London ground I go to with optimism as I’ve seen us win so many times there.
“Today I’m ok about sharing the points as I could only see them winning as the game went on.
“We’ll have to see if it means a point towards staying up but we have stopped a relegation rival from getting all three which is a plus.
“Can’t wait to get a decent centre forward on the park, hopefully this will be next Sunday…”
“Point is better than none I suppose, thought we were gonna win that one for bit there but it wasn’t to be.
“Need to start turning these draws into wins ASAP!”
“Normally I would be gutted that we gave up a lead for such a soft penalty, especially seeing as the linesman looked so chuffed to have given it.
“Today I was happy to get a point though, seeing as they had a million chances and we got a goal from a terrible corner and didn’t threaten much after that.
“Our defenders gave everything again and even though they are none of them great players, they did their best. They had absolutely nothing in front of them today.
“Whether it is a lack of confidence, form or ability, we are going to have to get used to knowing that one goal is all we have in us, if that, and we just have to hope that one goal is enough.
“It hardly ever is.”
“Took an absolute pasting in that second half but escaped with what might be a precious point.
“Sometimes you have to say fair play to a team and Palace were chomping at the bit.
“Zaha was a bloody handful.
“We didn’t help ourselves with stupid fouls and not holding onto the ball at times like.
“Jonjo Shelvey, come the summer in this league or the next, should be moved on. He’s a luxury that would be better served elsewhere.
“Started so well and we could have got a couple, then in the second half Kenedy couldn’t slip Perez in when two on one you just knew that would be this game’s Joselu penalty moment to regret.
“Still in the mix to stay up and most still in the mix to go down.
“The league table has a perilous look about it, so a win today would have been just the tonic.
“Instead we got an average display from NUFC and a soft penalty to cancel out Diamé’s opener, which was a good finish. That’s two assists in two games for the boy from Brazil, Kenedy.
“We could easily have lost that game so maybe a point is not to be sniffed at.
“We have to hope a win is around the corner soon though.”
“A ragged display but stick a good striker in there and we would have been OK.”
“On the face of it a point away at Palace is an acceptable result another point towards safety.
“However, when you throw 2 points away at home to Burnley, you really need to take all three being 1-0 up with 45 minutes left.
“People will say Clark was pulling his shirt and cant complain, however, when do you ever, I mean EVER, see a linesman give a penalty? Especially for a shirt pull?
“It’s staggering and unbelievable that today of all days a linesman decides to make a decision for a referee. Absolute joke.
“We have a free swing at Man Utd next week. I don’t want to see us sit back and lose 1 or 2-0. Go for the win. It could completely change our season!!”
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)
(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the Palace match HERE)