Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 22 September 3pm
We asked Kevin Christie to give us his match ratings after Saturday’s match.
A game where Newcastle at least matched the home side in the first half, despite very few clear chances at either end.
Then after the break, a couple of encouraging breaks for the Magpies before they retreated and were lucky to escape with a draw in the end.
Dubravka – 6. A few smart saves in the first half and looked pretty solid in the second half too, despite our defence creaking as Palace ramped up the pressure. Long aimless punts downfield from every kick-out.
Yedlin – 5. Another tough day.
Zaha and Van Aanholt combined dangerously again and again and left him for dead a few times.
Ultimately, did well to survive nearly an hour on a booking. One or two decent blocks and sent a good cross in before half-time but there was nobody there to take advantage.
Lascelles – 7. Lots of useful and important clearances, interceptions and headers away.
A couple of particularly good blocks near the end from Van Aanholt’s scuffed shot and attempted cross.
While we looked dodgy at the back as the second half wore on, I still thought he led well and tried his best to organise us. Should’ve done better with a free header from a Shelvey corner in the first half.
Fernandez – 7. A few hairy moments today but still performed well.
Like Lascelles, got lots of little blocks and tackles in and proved useful in helping to keep Zaha quiet as the second half wore on.
Lucky not to see Van Aanholt take advantage when he got his feet in a muddle in the box. Misplaced a couple of passes too but ultimately deserved a clean sheet.
Dummett – 5. A tough afternoon.
Was hoping he might be able to overlap and get involved in an attacking sense but offered very little going forward.
Got a vital block in on the hour mark to prevent us from falling behind but was nowhere to be seen as Sakho found himself in acres of space at the back post near the end.
Ritchie – 5. It wouldn’t be quite accurate to say he had a bad game but he certainly didn’t manage to do anything positive.
Maintained defensive shape and helped out a lot defensively but was too engaged in that to offer us anything in an attacking sense.
Shelvey – 7. Good to see him back in the team.
He’s the only one in the squad with any real vision and spark. Keeps things moving, gets little tackles and blocks in and reads the game well.
Is always probing and looking for clever balls through to release team-mates and get us on the front foot. We need him fit and in form if we are to start scoring goals and picking up points.
Diame – 4. Another terrible showing today.
Gave the ball away over and over again and was easily dispossessed on a number of occasions. Did very little to help us out defensively and offered nothing going forward.
Sadly, looks to be back to his ineffective worst.
Kenedy – 5. Yet another poor game.
Really needs to pull his socks up if he really has ambitions of playing his way into Chelsea’s team – or even sealing a permanent move to St James’.
Played his way into trouble a couple of times and misplaced a few simple passes that could’ve set us away on the break. Showed his petulance yet again, clashing with Zaha near the end.
Ayoze – 4. A woefully inept performance yet again.
Fluffed his lines when clean through for our only real chance and wasted possession over and over again.
Gave away a dangerous free on the edge of our box, was dispossessed countless times and wasted a couple of great chances to play in team-mates on the break.
Whined and moaned his way through the second half when Palace’s defenders started to get physical.
Rondón – 5. Hugely disappointing performance.
Was expecting big things from him today and genuinely thought he could make the difference for us. How wrong I was.
Didn’t impose himself on the game at all today. Simply didn’t get involved. A passenger.
Joselu – 6. Offered more in his first five minutes, than Rondón had done in the whole first half.
Was feeding off scraps and could do little with the couple of half chances that came his way but at least he put himself about.
Atsu – 5. Did very little.
Had one weak effort on target but didn’t threaten.
Muto – 5. Yet again, he simply didn’t get into the game at all.
Can’t seem to cope with the physicality of the Premier League but hopefully he can find his feet soon.
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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 73), Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Muto 81), Rondon (Joselu 46)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Ki
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