Newcastle played out a deserved 0-0 draw from a well disciplined performance.
The first half of the match, Newcastle’s attacking threat wasn’t causing Palace’s defence many problems, the only attacker who fought with good intentions was Ayoze. Rondon didn’t show much energy or show much willingness to win the ball back for the team despite many fans crying out for Rondon to get minutes.
After Joselu came on for Rondon in the second half, the communication got better and Newcastle looked more dangerous when going forward but still struggled to create a clear chance against a compact Palace defence. Joselu was given a couple of good chances to test the keeper but he could not compose himself for the first chance and the shot ended in an acrobatic attempt, the second chance he simply scuffed it. But Joselu’s energy and work rate brought more energy to this team.
The best chance of the game fell to Palace defender Sakho missed an absolute sitter at the back post.
The game overall was very even, most of the fight for the ball took place in the midfield or on the right side of the pitch, Patrick Van Aanholt and Wilfried Zaha were causing Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin many problems but Matt Ritchie played a big role in organising DeAndre Yedlin and Yedlin was sharp he did well to stay in the battle with Zaha after playing with a yellow card for over half the game.
The rest of the back line deserve credit for their defensive efforts, Paul Dummett performed well when put in 1 on 1 situations and put in a few good tackles. Fernandez who has improved a lot after the Forest defeat put on his best performance in the black and white shirt, he read the game well, made a few well timed tackles and always looked ready to do whatever it takes to protect the goalkeeper.
Newcastle’s owner Mike Ashley attended his first Newcastle match since May 2017 and he got a reception from the fans that won’t make him want to attend many more after. Chants throughout the match wishing Ashley out of Newcastle roared over the songs that the home fans were trying to sing, but the toon fans still showed their support for the players on the pitch and manager Rafa Benitez.
Comments from Rafa after the match
when asked about the bottle: “We had almost 3,000 fans here and one made a mistake – but the rest were fantastic,” said Benitez.
“If we want to be stronger we need the fans behind us. Our fans away have been outstanding, no doubt about that.
“Even if we make mistakes, even if we miss chances, even if I make the wrong calls, they have to support the players because it’s the best way for us to stay in the Premier League. And the fans were excellent again today.”
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