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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1

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Saturday’s match ended Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1.

Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game.

A match where Newcastle United only had 25% possession and two efforts on target BUT one of those efforts was a wonder goal from Callum Wilson.

This time it is Jonathan Drape-Comyn:

POSITIVES

We didn’t lose?

Probably the big positive, especially given the context of Palace scoring in the last minute. It was definitely a foul, but without VAR that (the foul) is never given, so we can count ourselves lucky.

Palace were the better team from start to finish, they’ll definitely be coming away from that thinking two points lost.

Would we have lost under Bruce? Maybe – but I didn’t see much difference at the weekend.

The teams around us didn’t win

Burnley failed to win, as well as Leeds. Norwich of course look atrocious.

Very sad that already at this early stage of the season we are looking around at teams at the bottom of the table.

However, I think the main reason why we have managed to stay up the past few years is that there have always been three or four teams who have been obviously worse than us… rather than us being any good!

History has taught us that one of the teams currently at the bottom at this stage will be nowhere near the drop at the end of the season… let’s just hope it is us.

I’m struggling…let’s go with Callum Wilson

A constant bright spot! What a goal, what a finish!

How on earth we survived last season without ASM and Wilson for long periods is beyond me…well done Brucey I guess…

NEGATIVES

ASM

Probably his worst performance in an NUFC shirt.

Nothing went for him, despite his best efforts.

I think more teams will be clocking on to the fact that he is our only threat. Hopefully come January he will have some more support…

In the meantime though, we remain heavily reliant on ASM.

No different

A few changes with Joelinton dropping out but the performance was no different.

Eight men behind the ball most of the time, couldn’t string a pass together, defence looking all over the place.

A lucky result in the end…which was a common theme of Bruce’s reign.

Fixtures coming up

It doesn’t look good does it?

Chelsea and Brighton will be two tough games that I don’t expect us to get points from.

Brentford at home a big one, followed by Norwich and Burnley at SJP (after Arsenal away). That MUST be 7 points from those three home matches. It simply has to be, otherwise we are in massive massive trouble.

Then comes Leicester, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, Everton, all before the end of the year.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 23 October 3pm

Goals:

Palace

Benteke 56

Newcastle:

Wilson 65

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Palace 75% (79%) Newcastle 25% (21%)

Total shots were Palace 14 (4)  Newcastle 6 (3)

Shots on target were Palace 3 (1) Newcastle 2 (1)

Corners were Palace 3 (1) Newcastle 7 (2)

Referee: Darren England

Crowd: 24,609 (NUFC 2,800)

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Sean Longstaff (Willock 66), Fraser (Almiron 66), Saint-Maximin (Joelinton 81), Wilson

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Hendrick, Murphy, Gayle

(Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Graeme Jones explains why he dropped Joe Willock and Joelinton at Selhurst Park – Read HERE)

(Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s draw – Read HERE)

(Match Report – Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1 – Brilliant Wilson overhead kick (and VAR!) saves the day – Read HERE)

(Christian Benteke reacts to VAR denying Crystal Palace late winner as Newcastle cling to point – Read HERE)

You can follow Jonathan on Twitter @jonnyinsg

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