Rafa Benitez with very mixed emotions after Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1
Rafa Benitez was both happy and disappointed at the final whistle.
Newcastle the dominant side in the first half at Selhurst Park and should have maybe been more than one goal up.
However, Crystal Palace came out with attacking intent and Newcastle found it very difficult to even get out of their own half.
Whilst Karl Darlow made a number of decent saves, he was also indebted to see some last ditch tackles/blocks from his defenders, especially Ciaran Clark.
The biggest talking point though being an equaliser coming from a penalty that could be given every single match but which never is…apart from today.
“The (Newcastle) fans are fantastic.
“When you go away you always can feel them…we would like to win every game and send them home happy.
“We have more people at home, and if we stick together we will be stronger.
“Islam Slimani was not ready (to be in the squad for Palace match).
“He was training on Saturday, he will train tomorrow, he will have a chance for next Sunday (v Man Utd).
“He must compete, like Dubravka and Kenedy.
“Joselu has a virus.
“Then it was very dangerous for everyone in the end because all of his family are with the virus and you have to be careful.
“He was very weak.
“Scoring the second goal could have changed everything, we didn’t do it and we conceded what I would say is a soft penalty – he was pushing my player and my player was pulling.
“That changed everything because obviously they had more confidence and were pushing and we know they have very good players up front.
“We had to be strong in defence and it was difficult. To come here and to get a point, before the game I would say no, but after the second half maybe.
“But I still feel in the first half we could have scored the second goal…
“The difference between the push and the pull (on the penalty decision)?
“It’s easy for the referee and the linesman to watch for that.
“It’s something we have talked about in the past but it has happened and so we have to ensure it doesn’t happen again in the future.
“We cannot do it…but I see a lot of penalties not given for us in every game, different situations, but the same consequences at the end.
“We have one less game and one point more – we are still fighting, so we will see.
“We are very narrow and compact so we have to carry on. I think that this group of players are working very hard, so you can’t complain about that.
“We have to ensure the new players make more competition in every position.”
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)
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Palace game HERE)
(See fan rating for players and add your own HERE)
(Read Roy Hodgson’s verdict HERE)
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