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.
“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
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