Andros Townsend was one of the rats that deserted the sinking ship back in 2016.

Despite Newcastle having rescued him from a desperate situation at Tottenham and giving him a platform that almost got the winger into England’s 2016 Euros squad, he walked away after relegation despite having started only 12 games for the club.

On signing for Newcastle in January 2016, Andros Townsend had insisted on a clause allowing him to leave if the club were relegated.

Amusingly, he claimed at the time that one of the reasons for leaving was because he though Alan Pardew could take him onto the next level.

Happily, Townsend has only played 53 minutes for England since leaving Newcastle and hasn’t even been selected in a squad for almost two years.

On Saturday, Andros Townsend thought Crystal Palace should have beaten Newcastle.

That makes it three games between the two clubs since his departure and Townsend is still yet to be on the winning side.

He put in a couple of decent crosses on Saturday but didn’t really have the drive or penetration to really bother the Newcastle defence.

Ironic that the best football he has ever played at club level is still those dozen games for Newcastle United, most of them under Rafa Benitez.

Andros Townsend:

“I think we were (dominant) and we created loads of chances and probably should have and could have won the game.

“But it’s one of those days again where nothing would go in for us so we have to take the point and move onto the next game.”

“A lot of the attacking players had chances to score today but I am not going to blame it on one or two players as everyone had chances and no one took them.

“At the end of the day we were not clinical so we didn’t get the three points which we did deserve.

“It was a strong performance in defence and going forward as well, the midfielders and wingers but we are in a results based business and we didn’t play well last Saturday but got the three points but played well this Saturday and didn’t get the three points.

“But that’s the way it goes unfortunately.

“On the one hand we have to be positive and take that into the next game and remember how well we did play but on the other hand it’s a missed opportunity and in the Premier League you cannot be creating 7 or 8 chances and not scoring so we have to learn from that.

“We now need to work hard on the training pitch this week and next Monday create the same chances but put them away next time.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 0 


Possession was Palace 62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were  Palace 16 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Palace 4 Newcastle 3

Corners were  Palace 9 Newcastle 5

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 73), Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Muto 81), Rondon (Joselu 46)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Ki

Crowd: 25,679 (2,900 Newcastle approx)

(Alan Shearer reacts to Newcastle’s 0-0 draw at Palace – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the goalless draw with Crystal Palace – Read HERE)

(Mike Ashley turns up and gets the full treatment! – Read HERE)

  • Paul Patterson

    So someone that plays the lottery for ten years deserves to win the jackpot?
    Doesn’t work like that.

  • David2211

    Makes my skin crawl this lad

    • Dillon Tovak

      How come?

      • David2211

        I still feel bitter about his departure. I fully understand why people would defend him, and I have no problem with players leaving our club to better themselves, but with Townsend I felt he was naive. A year with us under Rafa in a league he could have ripped up I felt would have stood him in better stead to get int the England set up which is what he cares about.
        However, he took a sideways step in some respects and even said he thought Alan Pardew could “take his game to the next level”. The guy was in no man’s land until we coughed up £12m (nothing to most clubs but an astronomical fee for our lot) and he was off like a shot.
        Always relieved when the rumours of his return prove false.

  • joe mac

    care nowt for him like…but i think he,s right!

  • Mxpx

    Crystal Palace showed they were trying to win the game at least we seemed content pushing for a draw

    • Polarboy

      I thought we were sh*te going forward yesterday, but they were the home side so the impetus should be on them. If we play in the same way at home to a side comparable to Palace I’ll join the others who are getting fed up with what some see as overly cautious tactics from Rafa. I could understand perhaps if he was a bit cautious against Leicester given how dangerous they are on the counter with Vardy and talent like Maddison.

      • Kenny

        Rafa`s plan, do not lose against relegation rivals away & take 3 points off them at St James,
        he has to play the long game with the squad he has

        • Jezza

          True. Rafa is trying to do his job in impossible circumstances.

        • Polarboy

          Exactly which is why I do expect up to play differently against rivals at home. There’s no excuse if he doesn’t.

    • Kenny

      You’re right but a draw away from home against a relegation rival is not to be sniffed at

      • Jezza

        Maybe so but it’s not much good when you’ve lost all your home games and are still without a win all season.

        • Ashley-out

          Good point & spot on, we are now seeing what the result of fattys greed

        • Damon Horner

          We’ve got a tricky run of games all done with now though. Run of games coming up where the points are more crucial.

          • Kenny

            I would call Leicester then Man U very tricky

          • Damon Horner

            Most games are tricky for us because we’re average but I fancy our chances better against those than Spurs, Arsenal, City and Chelsea.

          • Jezza

            Spot on. Leicester have got a lot more quality than us. Vardy alone is light years ahead of any striker on our books. We’ll do well to get a single point from those two games.

          • Squintytoonarmy

            Agreed – Vardy, Magiure etc they are not a bad team. Maddison looks half decent as well. Need to win this one as we can write off getting anything at OT.

  • GToon

    A little off task but isn’t it amusing to see our very own Mike Ashley blaming the greed of other people for the closure of some of his shops. Mike Ashley! Hilarious. The person who to anyone who knows him opitomises the word greed. He’s probably just annoyed that it’s an area of business his own personal greed hasn’t tapped into yet. Hope he got home safely yesterday.

    • Kenny

      You couldn’t make it up

    • Steve Smith

      Yeah those greedy Local Authorities who are collapsing like dominoes having the gall to not use our taxpayer money to supplement his business rentals!

    • Paul Patterson

      He’s a hypocrite, but he won’t be worried. As long as he makes 💰💰💰💰💰💰

    • Cockneytrev

      If a private landlord buys a commercial property , he has to put half the price down then pay the mortgage off over 10 years, some of these buildings could be in private hands, so if they dont get the rent they need the property will be taken off them by the banks,,
      I know people who have lost there life savings on commercial properties,,
      It’s not as cut and dry as he says,, there is also a lot of commercial property owned by pension funds, so people who pay into their fund take a loss so Ashley can make more profit?
      It is typical of the man to try and deflect and put the blame elsewhere..,

  • Steve Smith

    West Ham just ground out a 0-0 bore draw against Chelsea with 25% possession. I wonder if they’ll get the same flack from the media. (Like hell they will)

    • Clarko

      They difference being they actually got something from the game…

      • Steve Smith

        What a difference 100 mil makes.

        • Clarko

          I’d rather be where they are.

          • Kenny


          • SuperDesHamilton

            Rather be where ya ma is

          • Kneebotherm8


          • Big Hairy Man

            We could be if Fatty didn’t keep all the club’s revenue for himself.

        • Jezza

          That £100 million will make a huge difference come the end of the season.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Get something from ya ma

      • Kneebotherm8


      • Squintytoonarmy

        Cardiff 0 Man City 5 justifies why the team is set up as it is

  • Kenny

    good player under Rafa, lacks judgement

    • Jezza

      I’ve got nothing against him to be truthful. He joined us in a relegation battle, played well for us and had a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave for the same money if we went down. He was also keen to rejoin us in January 2017.

      • BigHairyDog

        That clause that allowed him to leave for a bargain price just highlights once again how woeful Charley is. In Jan 17 Rafa was blocked from resigning him by Charnley, who claimed Townsend wasn’t worth the same fee we received. Charnley again blocked a possible move this summer, claiming Townsend wasn’t worth £20million.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          It was probably wrote in crayon that contract as well if charnley was involved

        • Leazes.

          Whats it like in France at the moment?

  • SuperDesHamilton

    A player saying his team should of won….what a shocker eh. Goodness me.

    Out of curiosity how many times has he played for England since he left us?

  • Geordiegiants

    Pure slink, pleased he didn’t come back he is one of those sort of people with no morals or loyalty. Loic Remi was the same, we don’t need or want those sort of players here, we have had our fair share of them over the years Sissoko, Jannmatt, Debauchy etc etc etc the list is endless. It’s a hard enough battle than having to deal with the like of them.

  • Leazes.

    Good player, don’t know why Porter wants to vilify him unless its just to get a few hits for his article…. if you want to apply the same criteria for vilification then Gazza, Waddle, Beardsley too….. he didn’t ‘jump ship’ he stayed until the ship sank….we were relegated…still don’t let that get in the way of your ‘Ryderesque’ double standards.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Same as anyone in any job. If you get a chance to further your career you take it. Townsend was hoping to resurrect his England chances and that won’t happen in the Championship.