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Christian Benteke reacts to VAR denying Crystal Palace late winner as Newcastle cling to point

1 month ago

Christian Benteke scored Crystal Palace’s goal that earned them a point.

However, he could / should have been taking the match ball home having helped his side to all three points.

Christian Benteke was denied a late winner by VAR, having scored a bullet header that looked to have won the game.

In reality though, this was a game of two strikers.

Callum Wilson scoring a top class overhead kick into the top corner out of nothing.

Christian Benteke missing far easier chances as time and again he got into positions and unlike Wilson, was given the service.

As well as a more difficult header against the bar, Christian Benteke put a free header against the post from six yards in the first half, then when played through in the second half, somehow missed the target from eight yards with only Karl Darlow to beat.

Graeme Jones and Newcastle United indebted to both centre-forwards on the pitch for the point that they escaped with.

Christian Benteke speaking to the official club site after Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1, his late ‘winner’ ruled out via VAR:

“It [VAR] is  part of the game.

“We have to accept it.

“We had last season a couple of goals where the VAR was for us but today it wasn’t.

“We have to move forwards and keep going.

“I’m not sure [if it was the correct decision]…but from where I was there was no chance for him to play the ball.

“It’s the ref’s decision and there’s nothing we can do about it.

“The way we are playing right now, we are creating more chances.

“The manager gives us the confidence to play and we aren’t afraid to reproduce that on the pitch.

“I think we are trying to play as a team.

“You guys [the media] can see we’re trying to link up, trying to play and today I had the chance to score, but maybe next week it will be someone else.

“We are all working for the team and for the same goals.

“We are playing better football and now it’s all about being consistent and about how we can finish the game when we have the chance to.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 23 October 3pm



Benteke 56


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 3,000)

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

(Graeme Jones speaks after gutsy committed performance “Thought we deserved that” – 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)


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