The long midweek trip proved to be fruitful on an evening of poor conditions, the Eagles overcame conceding early to take victory and secure back to back wins for the first time since the start of the season.
2nd February 2021
Newcastle United 1-2 Crystal Palace
St. James’ Park, Strawberry Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4ST
Behind closed doors
REFEREE – Darren England
ASSISTANTS – Gary Beswick, Nick Hopton, Martin Atkinson (fourth official)
VAR – Andre Marriner, Sian Massey-Ellis (assistant)
BOOKINGS – Jonjo Shelvey (29), Nathaniel Clyne (51), Luka Milivojevic (72), Jordan Ayew (90)
RED CARD – none
Jonjo Shelvey (2), Jairo Riedewald (21), Gary Cahill (25)
TEB MAN OF THE MATCH
Two changes for the starting line up that paid dividends with more than the two goals required to take the win. It is not just two wins in a row but two very hard fought games in which neither opposition gave an inch. You cannot argue that this side have worked hard to come back from a heavy defeat at home to the reigning champions which cannot be an easy thing to do but there are real signs that this team will do more than just get through to the end of what is a fairly odd season. When you take into account the fact that with 29 points from 22 points, this is our second best return in the Premier League, which will be the best should we manage to return from Leeds on Monday with a victory.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
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BOB’S POINT OF VIEW
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.
“Conceding a poor goal in the first few minutes of the game probably had many of us fearing the worst. However, in an unusually open game by both teams, we clawed our way back into the game with a fine Riedewald strike. A second headed goal by Cahill after a good delivery by Eze from a corner meant we went into the break with a deserved lead. It would have been long odds on no further goals being scored during the second half. Defensively we tightened up, dug in, adopted a more cautious approach and allowed no clear opportunities for Newcastle.
With a battling performance another three points was gained. It was only our second win at St James’ Park since 1998. Probably the only negative of the evening was the hamstring injury to Zaha. Much credit goes to our overall defensive display and a special mention in dispatches should go to Dann and Cahill. Two more wins to guarantee safety and we can then begin looking upwards, not over our shoulders. Up the Palace!”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (7) – One really good save when the opposition were clean through while continue to do the straightforward parts of his role well.
17 NATHANIEL CLYNE (7 – BOOKED!) – Another good showing from the former youth player and dealt with the booking he received well.
6 SCOTT DANN (7) – Solid pairing at the back with Cahill alongside him, lost count of how many headers clear and blocks he made.
24 GARY CAHILL (7) – First goal for the club and his 50th which is a worthy milestone seeing as it was the goal that sealed the win, but his game was similar to that of his partner for the night.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Frustrating that he shows players inside more often than down the line but played well up and down the left other than for a few missed passes.
44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (8) – Back in the starting line up after an impressive second half performance against Wolves and matched it in this one with a goal to book, one that was taken exceptionally well. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) on 90 minutes to use up some time, as well as provide some fresh legs for the last few minutes.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7 – CAPTAIN! BOOKED!) – It looked like we were going to lose the midfield at one point in the first half but the midfield two grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and wrestled it back. Of course, Luka did receive a booking for his troubles but that is what you get when putting in such a battling performance.
9 JORDAN AYEW (7 – BOOKED!) – Yet another busy game, retained the ball well and drew fouls at important positions and times in the game.
25 EBERECHI EZE (8 – ASSIST! TEB MAN OF THE MATCH!) – The guy just continues to impress, picking up the ball and making ground with so much ease took the pressure off often in this game. Provided the assist for the winning goal.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) – Disappointing from Wilf who just could not get into the game until leaving the pitch which a hamstring injury which is a concern. Did have the ball in the net in the first half which was ruled out for offside. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) on 58 minutes and ultimately had the miss of the game when scoring looked easier than missing. It would have sealed the points but we need not have worried, and Andros knew – didn’t he?
23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (6) – If Bats is the answer, we’re not sure what the question is. He is never a lone striker and we do not play high enough for a natural goal scorer that he is. The amount of times he is caught offside is remarkable but he did battle which is a valuable trait in this side. Unfortunately for him, chances in front of goal for him are few and far between. Replaced by 20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) on 73 minutes who got stuck in to the hosts defence straight away and played a valuable contribution to see out the win.
1 Jack Butland, 14 Jean-Phillipe Mateta, 27 Tyrick Mitchell, 34 Martin Kelly
26 Darlow, 19 Manquillo, 2 Clark, 5 Schar, 15 Lewis, 16 Hendrick, 14 Hayden, 8 Shelvey, 24 Almiron, 13 Wilson, 21 Fraser
SUBSTITUTES – 1 Dubravka, 3 Dummett, 4 M Longstaff, 7 Carroll (replaced Clark on 89 mins), 9 Joelinton, 10 Saint-Maximin (replaced Hendrick on 63 mins), 12 Gayle (replaced Manquillo on 77 mins), 17 Krafth, 57 Anderson
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “It’s a back-to-back win which is even harder to come by. We knew it wouldn’t be easy but it’s good to get six points from here and Wolves. But suddenly we are looking around wondering where all our players are. It’s going to be a problem trying to get these players fit again. These injuries have to be assessed. Wilfried Zaha doesn’t normally get injured so it’s concerning he has come off, hopefully it’s nothing serious.”
STEVE BRUCE – “The performance was pleasing for me. You’re hoping you keep playing well and the results come. That’s back-to-back home games where we’ve not got what we deserved. We certainly didn’t deserve to get beat. There were 10 minutes in the game where it was all Palace, but those little mistakes cost you at this level”.
The Who Scored man of the match was Eberechi Eze (7.7) as the most shots were made by Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson (4). The most tackles were by Nathaniel Clyne (3) while Miguel Almiron (5) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.56 – 6.69
- Total shots: 21 – 6
- Shots on target: 5 – 3
- Possession: 60.8% – 39.2%
- Pass success: 85% – 77%
- Passes: 595 – 395
- Dribbles: 11 – 7
- Aerials won: 21 – 16
- Tackles: 13 – 14
- Fouls: 14 – 11
- Corners: 9 – 1
- Saves: 1 – 4
- Dispossessed: 4 – 6
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace have 29 points from 22 games played, level with Southampton in 12th and 3 points ahead of Wolves in 14th.
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