Stunning Monday night fightback could end up saving Newcastle’s Premier League status
To say the Premier League relegation battle is on a knife edge would be a massive understatement.
Newcastle’s defeat at Liverpool was predictable and no disaster, other results relatively ok and Rafa’s team left fifth bottom, two points above the bottom three.
After the weekend, it still being a case of only three points separating Swansea in 13th and Stoke in 19th.
Every match at this stage with only 10 (now nine) games to go can have a massive effect, with Brighton proving this as a prime example, two victories in a row and they are suddenly 10th on 34 points and seen as all but safe.
After 48 minutes of action at Selhurst Park on Monday night, the pressure was piled on Newcastle United and others.
Andros Townsend had given Crystal Palace an 11th minute lead and then when another former Newcastle player, Patrick van Aanholt doubled that lead on 48 minutes, Manchester United looked finished, having looked very poor up to that point.
It was way back in 2013 when Man Utd last came back from two down to win a Premier League match.
Three points for Palace would ensure they went a point above Newcastle, putting absolutely massive pressure on next Saturday.
It would mean if either Newcastle or Southampton won at St James Park, it would ensure the other club would be in the bottom three on Saturday night.
For Rafa and his players, a defeat would mean three weeks of building up to a Huddersfield game that would then have epic potential consequences.
No one game will decide the season but last night might well be looked back on as a killer for Palace (now six games without a win and away to Chelsea next) and a saver for Newcastle and/or others.
Chris Smalling scored on 55 minutes to make it 2-1, then Lukaku equalised on 76 minutes, before injury time saw a superb Matic goal win it for Man Utd and potentially kill off Palace.
To be two up and cruising against Man Utd in front of your own fans, then for that outcome, hopefully we may just see Palace as well as Stoke and West Brom start to break away at the bottom.
Watching on TV last night and having to cheer on Man Utd, just brings it home to me just what Mike Ashley has reduced us to.
When you read these quotes from Roy Hodgson, it is easy to see just how crushing last night could (hopefully) prove for Crystal Palace.
“We once again go away with no points and like the game against Tottenham, I thought we deserved something.
“I was expecting to come away with one point, but once again it is nothing, and I feel devastated for the players.
“We took the game to Manchester United.
“If we had drawn the game, I don’t think anyone, Jose (Mourinho) included, would have said it was a scandal.”
Premier League table after Monday night’s result:
“I always believe we can win.
“I will be like that until my last day.
“You always need that little bit of luck to win a match in the last few minutes.
“Sometimes the winner is the one who deserves the congratulations but I think Roy Hodgson did everything right.”
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