Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players
We asked Davey Hat Trick to give us his match ratings and player comments after Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0.
A win that took us to the fabled 40-point mark and which meant that everyone leaving the ground was talking about how high in the league we might finish.
It’s a while since we’ve talked like that; I imagine the previous time was when we last won six on the bounce at home.
Newcastle came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, passing the ball around with the confidence of a top-six side.
Even by recent standards it was a fine display, although it served to reinforce the need for a reliable, quality striker. One goal – a special one at that – was all we had to show for a dominant performance.
Palace – who are a good side – took the initiative in the second half, and pretty much controlled the game from that point on.
However, our defence held firm, ably supported by midfield and forwards, and Palace’s dominance didn’t lead to a siege on the Newcastle goal.
Dubravka – 8
Didn’t have to dig us out of trouble but did what he needed to when required.
He’ll have more difficult days.
Emil Krafth 9
I never thought he was as bad as some made out but I never thought he was as good as this.
He was up against Zaha, but reduced him to the whining, petulant player he becomes when things aren’t going his way.
Dan Burn 8
Got his head on just about everything and led the defence through a difficult second half.
Fabian Schar 8
Some skills on the ball – which we’d expect – but quite a bit of steel as well.
Happy to mix it up when Palace started getting ratty,
Matt Targett 8
Another reliable performance from our loanee.
He fitted into the side as soon as he got here and he’s never looked out of place since.
Making his deal permanent has to be the easiest decision of the summer.
Boss man in midfield again.
However, needs to spend the summer trying to get his confidence in front of goal up.
Bruno Guimaraes 9
We saw the combative side of Bruno, more than the silky.
Palace had worked out that he was the man to stop, and they tried, but he came through the test well.
He’s tailor-made for the PL. A great bit of quick thinking for the goal as well.
Jonjo Shelvey 8
Another player (see Schar, Krafth, Joelinton et al) who has found new levels under this management team.
Pre-Eddie Howe, this man didn’t appear interested. Now he sweats blood for the cause
Allan Saint-Maximin 7
Probably the one player who has stood still under Eddie Howe in terms of performance.
Worked hard, showed us his skills, but in terms of creating and executing chances, things aren’t going his way at the moment
Chris Wood 7
He’s never going to give us lots of goals, and he’s limited, but he is always going to give us a good honest performance.
I won’t criticise him, as much of the problem is lack of service.
Miguel Almiron 9
The one player who always looked enthusiastic under the dark days of Steve Bruce.
As ever, he chased, harried, ran and tried all night, and he got the sweetest of rewards – a goal right out of the top drawer, to the genuine delight of 50,000 Geordies
Joe Willock 6
Subbed on to replace tired legs and did his bit chasing forward and tracking back
Jacob Murphy 6
Exactly the same as Willock – came on to replace an exhausted team mate exactly when we need fresh legs. Did his job.
Sean Longstaff N/A (Not on long enough to judge)
Subbed on purely to waste time and to wind up Palace in the nth minute of injury time. Ran on the pitch well, then did the lap of honour.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0 – Wednesday 20 April 7.45pm
Possession was Palace 64% Newcastle 36%
Total shots were Palace 10 Newcastle 13
Shots on target were Palace 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Palace 5 Newcastle 2
Referee: Tony Harrington
Crowd: 51,938 (1,000 Palace)
Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Shelvey, Guimaraes (Longstaff 90+4), Joelinton, Almiron (Willock 77), Saint-Maximin (Murphy 76), Wood
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