Palace End Week Same Way It Started, No Goals And A Defeat


27th November 2020


Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle United


Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU


Behind closed doors


REFEREE – Graham Scott

ASSISTANTS – Peter Kirkup, Simon Long, Michael Salisbury (fourth official)

VAR – Jarred Gillett, Eddie Smart (assistant)


BOOKINGS– Federico Fernandez (17), Sean Longstaff (60), Scott Dann (77), Jeffrey Schlupp (90)

RED CARD – none


Callum Wilson (88), Joelinton (90)


Eberechi Eze


A result that felt like a real smash and grab but if you don’t take your chances then you are likely to get stung. This was very different to the defeat at Turf Moor as the longer the game went on without a goal there only looked like one team would win it, and not the visitors. This will cause plenty of frustration among the fan base but another difference to Monday’s defeat was that we had a go from a personnel perspective and still ended up losing. It seems like after a good start to the season, it is time for a blip which needs to end sooner rather than later with some tougher games on the horizon.


Nothing of note


“Well, if any neutrals were wondering why there are more than a few rumblings of discontent among the Palace and Newcastle fanbases, they need look no further than Friday night. It was a game low on quality and one that neither side really deserved to win, so Palace can count themselves unlucky not to take anything from the game.

Steve Bruce went all Mike Bassett on us – reverting back to a four-four-f**king-two – and it suited us better than the wing backs we have been setting up with in recent weeks. Even so, we rode our luck at times, just as we have in almost all of our matches this season. Karl Darlow was again one of our best performers in goal and Joelinton had probably the best game I’ve seen from him in a Newcastle shirt. I don’t think I’ve ever uttered these words, but it was a proper No.9’s performance from the Brazilian and he deserved his goal. His striker partner, Callum Wilson, showed why we spent £20m on him – one chance, one goal, and that clinical finishing ultimately tipped the game in our favour.

I singled him out as a threat before the game and Eberechi Eze was the pick of the Palace bunch, for me. He finds room, glides past players and picks passes that others don’t see – he’ll be a great signing for you guys. But Roy Hodgson has plenty of other talented players at his disposal and this group should be playing more attractive football and really taking games to teams like us, especially at Selhurst. Another game without Wilf and another defeat is also a worry. It almost looks as though it’s becoming a psychological issue that the rest of the squad needs to overcome.”@LUKETUGBY


Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.

“Two games in five days merited changes in personnel but not sure many of us would have predicted the choices made by Hodgson. The way both teams set up, it was obvious from the start that whoever scored the first goal would in all probability take all three points and so it proved. Ultimately the key difference was in clinical finishing by a proven goal scorer at this level. As against Burnley, we enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but again most of our attacks were ponderous and predictable. Players didn’t shift the ball quickly enough and in the final third we lacked the necessary movement and mobility to regularly create space and penetration behind the Newcastle defence.

To be fair Hodgson did attempt to go for all three points with his substitutions but none made the impact required to increase the tempo and quality of our offensive play. Whatever the excuses for the defeat, too many players had below par performances to be acceptable at this level. A mixture of misplaced passes, losing markers and poor finishing are not individual traits that will collectively win many games for any team. Hopefully the players and management will take a good honest look at the performances in the two games this week. It’s a stark reminder, if needed, that we look a one dimensional team without Zaha. Maybe subconsciously the coaching staff and more importantly the players know it too. If so then changes are required. The only positives this evening were Eze who constantly attempted to create something out of our one paced possession and the continued improvement of Clyne at full back.

Thirteen points from ten games may look reasonable on paper as things stand. However, we have a tough run of fixtures on the horizon which if improvement in results is not forthcoming could see us looking nervously over our shoulders. Things can only get better…. hopefully!”


31 VICENTE GUAITA (6) – Rarely tested in the opening half and had little chance with either goal, made a good save late on to prevent more damage.

17 NATHANIEL CLYNE (6) – Improves with every game and put in another good performance but looked to run out of steam late on.  

6 SCOTT DANN (CAPTAIN – BOOKED! 6) – Conceded possession to almost our cost in the opening half and never really shook it out of his system.

24 GARY CAHILL (6) – Good to see the former Chelsea man back in the starting eleven, but it proved an unhappy return. Chance with a header from a corner in the second half but his effort went over the bar.

3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Grew into the game from an attacking capacity and after a few wasteful crosses, put one it for Benteke which could not be converted.

8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Moved from centre back to the middle of the park but struggled to exert himself on the game.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7) – The engine in the midfield for the night and very vocal throughout. Instigated regaining possession at every opportunity. Replaced by 23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (6) on 82 minutes who was almost given a golden chance to grab his first goal in his second spell at the club but could not get on the end of the cross.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) – Started well but faded quickly. Replaced by 44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) on 67 minutes who showed some nice touches in the midfield and provided some urgency into the midfield.

25 EBERECHI EZE (7) – Always involved in trying to create something, forced a great opportunity for himself which was well matched by the keeper. We have plenty to look forward with our number 25.

15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7 – BOOKED!) – Surprise start up front alongside Ayew and the two best chances fell his way in the opening half where he was extremely lively. Continued to shine on the second half.

9 JORDAN AYEW (6) – Was involved more in chasing down lost causes and trying to regain possession. Only had a half chance fall to him which he could hardly reach. Replaced by 20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) on 66 minutes who almost made an immediate impact with a couple of headers and got involved quickly.


1 Jack Butland, 2 Joel Ward, 5 James Tomkins, 12 Mamadou Sakho, 23 Michy Batshuayi


26 Darlow, 19 Manquillo, 18 Fernandez, 2 Clark, 15 Lewis, 16 Hendrick, 36 S Longstaff, 8 Shelvey, 24 Almiron, 9 Joelinton, 13 Wilson

SUBSTITUTES – 4 M Longstaff, 5 Schar (replaced Joelinton on 90 minutes), 11 Ritchie (replaced Almiron on 68 minutes), 22 Yedlin, 23 Murphy, 29 Gillespie, 57 Anderson


ROY HODGSON “All defeats hurt and this one did as we didn’t play well. I didn’t think we were going to lose; I didn’t think we would win it either. So to lose it is a bitter blow. Congratulations to Newcastle on winning it. I would credit the whole Newcastle team. The keeper played his part but I think it is too simplistic to say we didn’t win because of their goalkeeper. We didn’t create enough.”

STEVE BRUCE – “Both teams find it difficult to score a goal and we were looking for that little bit of quality. We weren’t clinical enough and I thought it was going to cost us, but then we got it for the goals.Callum is a goalscorer and he has that instinct. That’s his seventh goal now and that’s a tremendous return.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Joelinton (9.0) who also had the most shots (7). The most tackles were by Javier Manquillo (6) while Eberechi Eze and Jordan Ayew (2) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 6.41 – 7.17
  • Total shots: 12 – 14
  • Shots on target: 3 – 7
  • Possession: 57.6% – 42.4%
  • Pass success: 82% – 74%
  • Passes: 484 – 360
  • Dribbles: 9 – 2
  • Aerials won: 23 – 18
  • Tackles: 14 – 23
  • Fouls: 14 – 23
  • Corners: 17 – 9
  • Saves: 5 – 3
  • Dispossessed: 17 – 9


Palace drop to 15th with 13 points from 10 games, 3 points ahead of Brighton in 16th and only 3 points off Everton who sat 6th at the end of Saturday.


06/12/2020 West Bromwich Albion (a) – Premier League (12pm – Sky)

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16/12/2020 West Ham United (a) – Premier League (8pm – Prime)


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