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Crystal Palace star says Newcastle United were never a threat at any time in the match

12 months ago
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James McArthur has been reflecting on the goalless draw against Newcastle United.

The Crystal Palace midfielder has no doubts about how the match went and who had deserved to win.

The basic stats show four shots on target for Palace and three for Newcastle but McArthur claims this is misleading.

He says that for Palace ‘There were a lot of opportunities to score’, whilst for Newcastle it was a case (for him) that ‘not at one point during the game did I feel under threat that they were going to get that goal and steal it away from us.’

For all Newcastle didn’t play to badly the first half hour and had ok possession, the reality was that the Palace keeper didn’t have a save to make all match.

Palace though didn’t batter Newcastle and I can only recall Dubravka making two or three proper saves and they were reasonably comfortable ones.

The Zaha free-kick that hit the post would have been one of those freak goals if it had gone in, where the ball eludes everybody and creeps in the far post.

Whilst other than that, it was more a case of good defending and a couple of times when the ball flashed across Newcastle’s six yard line.

As for the Sakho big miss, it has been conveniently overlooked by many that the ball went out before it was crossed to him.

I think Newcastle did deserve the point just about, because of their defensive resolve and discipline, but how Rafa’s team are going to score enough goals this season is open to question.

James McArthur:

“We did look really solid against Newcastle and not at one point during the game did I feel under threat that they were going to get that goal and steal it away from us.

“The performance was good, and we go from here and try it make it right in the next game.

“If we can win and take seven points from these three league games [against Huddersfield, Newcastle & Bournemouth) it would be good, but it obviously puts pressure on us for Bournemouth.”

“It [performance v Newcastle] was very positive, a lot better than Southampton at home.

“We upped our game, upped our intensity and got in their faces, making it hard for them.

“There were a lot of opportunities to score and so it’s about trying to take them. It was a complete performance but without a goal.

“The one positive is our performance, it was very dominant.

I can’t remember Newcastle having a shot in the second half, but they were very organised and made it hard for us to break through them.

“We controlled the game and had the chances to put it away, but it’s a game we feel we should have won, though there are positives to take…it is very disappointing not to take three points.”

“Mamadou knows he should put it away but there were opportunities throughout the game which we’ve not scored.

“If we get that goal we win, but it’s one of these things; you miss a chance, but no one’s to blame – hopefully we will give someone a hiding [in the near future].

“I should probably score with the header in the first two minutes and it was so close [aha’s cross hitting the post] but the ball took a deflection, so close but so far.

“I’m getting in the correct positions, but nothing seems to be going in for us just now. I just need to keep getting in those positions and hopefully they’ll go in.”

“Wilf is just a big part of the team and he has got such special quality and comes up with the goods every single week. He takes that pressure on his shoulders but we need to chip in and help him.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 0 

Goals:

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)

(Rafa Benitez talks about Mike Ashley’s appearance at Selhurst Park HERE)

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