Andros Townsend says he enjoyed returning to Newcastle United for a ‘well deserved three points’
Andros Townsend thinks Saturday has made Crystal Palace safe from relegation.
The winger declaring ‘now we can look up the table’ as they stand on 39 points in 12th position.
If Newcastle had won yesterday they would have been in 12th and on 38 points, still daydreaming of an unlikely top half finishh as they would have been only four points off tenth.
Small margins, the visitors scoring with their only effort on target, Milivojevic successful with a remarkable tenth of eleven penalties Palace have been awarded in the Premier League this season. Townsend thinks it is remarkable the Palace midfielder has scored so many of them but even more remarkable is the fact they are awarded a penalty every three games on average.
Andros Townsend believes it was a ‘well deserved three points’ based seemingly on good defending and scoring with that only effort on target, surely a case of making the facts fit your theory.
Newcastle may have lacked quality in terms of creativity and goalscoring but in no way did they deserve to lose this match, a real smash and grab.
Andros Townsend is a player who will be one of those in the future where the record books tell you he played for Newcastle but you don’t quite believe it. He only started 12 games and scored four and got two assists, the best form of his entire career.
Yet he had already been thinking about leaving even when he arrived, insisting on a relegation clause and deserting the sinking ship for the very first average PL club that came along. The Palace fans having given him plenty stick at various times.
If he’d stayed on and helped Newcastle get promoted then who knows how things would have turned out. Only nine PL goals in his three years at Palace tells you it maybe wasn’t the best move, especially ending up in the hands of Pardew and Allardyce for much of that time.
At least he got to play for England manager Roy Hodgson once again, unfortunately for Andros Townsend it was after he left the national side.
“We have done it with a few games to spare and now we can look up the table.
“Focus on getting as many points between now and the end of the season to hopefully end on a high and hopefully climb a few more places.
“We have had a little blip of late and there was a chance we could have got dragged into the relegation dogfight but this win I think secures our place in the Premier League for another season.
“But as a team, as a group of players and staff, we want more than that.
“We’re better than that and deserve more than that, the fans deserve more than that so we’re going to push now for the end of the season and see where we can finish.”
“I think especially this season we’ve done that very well where we’ve soaked up pressure and where the home team have got momentum we’ve stayed resolute.
“We’ve stayed compact as a team and we’ve not conceded and you just know with the pace we’ve got on the counter and the quality and thankfully Wilf did what he does best and Luka did what he does best and it’s a well deserved three points for us.
“How can he score double-figure penalties and still send the ‘keeper the wrong way?
“It’s incredible technique and incredible ability and we’re thankful we’ve got him for the big moments.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Crystal Palace 1
Milivojevic 81 (Pen)
Possession was Palace 46% Newcastle 54%
Total shots were Palace 3 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Palace 1 Newcastle 5
Corners were Palace 4 Newcastle 9
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune (Dummett 65), Ritchie (Atsu 90), Hayden, Ki (Shelvey 76), Almiron, Perez, Rondon
Darlow, Fernandez, Muto, Manquillo
Crowd: 51,926 (Palace 1,400)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle’s defeat to Palace HERE)
(After the defeat Rafa Benitez revealed he is nowhere near agreeing a new contract with Mike Ashley – read HERE)
(Dubious Roy Hodgson comments HERE after beating Newcastle United)
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