Palace Continue Unbeaten Home Run But Held To Another Point By Newcastle

Another good performance was not rewarded with all three points as for all the chances created, ones again the Eagles did not finish off their opponents who took their opportunity to steal a point.


23rd October 2021


Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United


Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU


Referee: Darren England. Assistants: Nick Hopton, Wade Smith. Fourth official: Craig Pawson. VAR: Lee Mason. Assistant VAR: Simon Beck.


BOOKINGS –  Joachim Andersen (13), Joel Ward (27), Callum Wilson (27), Jamaal Lascelles (59), Christian Benteke (89), Joelinton (91), Matt Ritchie (93)

RED CARD – none


Christian Benteke (56), Callum Wilson (65)


Tyrick Mitchell (56)


It seems like a familiar story now but at least we are not talking about a late goal stopping us from taking all three points. Once again, this was another good performance by Vieira’s men who were undone by the one and only chance that fell to the visitors.

For all the possession and good play, Vieira will know that must be turned into wins sooner rather than later and while the impressive home run continues, Palace have not taken the points that they really should have by now. This game should be seen as another two points dropped, making it six points in a short space of time.

Yes, this remains a transition and yes, we are enjoying how the team are playing but we have seen this before with other clubs. Playing good football but not picking up the points they should have. This is a talented bunch of players and we are hoping that it will only be a matter of time, but they do need to learn to kill teams off.


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.

“This was another performance of drive and endeavour, but ultimately scant reward for the efforts. A poor Newcastle team were there for the taking and 75% possession confirmed just how much we controlled the game. However, a combination of not converting chances (14 efforts on goal) and below par defending at a corner meant another frustrating draw. Six points dropped from winning positions in our last three games is a bad habit that needs to be addressed and quickly. Lack of concentration and smart game management will continue to cost precious points.

At the end of the day wins are what matter if we want to progress this season alongside the obvious improvements in entertainment value. It is rare for me to mention officials in my review but the referee today gave one of the worst performances I have seen at Selhurst Park since promotion.  

Onwards to City next weekend. Nine wins as soon as possible still remains the first target for this season.”


1 Vicente Guaita (6), 2 Joel Ward (6), 16 Joachim Andersen (6), Marc Guehi (7), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (7), 23 Conor Gallagher (7), 4 Luka Milivojevic (captain – 6), 18 James McArthur (7), 7 Michael Olise (6), 9 Christian Benteke (8), 22 Odsonne Edouard (6)   

SUBSTITUTES – 1 Jack Butland, 5 James Tomkins, 8 Cheikhou Kouyate, 9 Jordan Ayew, 11 Wilfried Zaha (replaced Olise on 66 mins – 6)12 Will Hughes, 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta (replaced Gallagher on 86 mins – 6), 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (replaced Milivojevic on 73 mins – 6), 17 Nathaniel Clyne


26 Darlow, 19 Manquillo, 17 Krafth, 6 Lascelles, 2 Clark, 11 Ritchie, 14 Hayden, 36 Longstaff, 21 Fraser, 9 Wilson, 10 Saint-Maximin

SUBSTITUTES –  5 Schar, 7 Joelinton (replaced Saint-Maximin on 81 mins), 12 Lewis, 16 Hendrick, 23 Murphy, 24 Almiron (replaced Fraser on 66 mins), 28 Willock (replaced Longstaff on 66 mins), 29 Gillespie, 34 Gayle


PATRICK VIEIRA – “There is a lot of frustration, of course. I think we played well enough and created enough chances to win the game. But again, we’re a bit disappointed with the result. I think the goal they scored, it was a really good finish, but when we look at the way the ball bounced and the way he took his chance, it was well played for them but unlucky for us. It’s really difficult to be satisfied because what is important is to win football matches. We know where we are and where we want to go, we want to build and we still need to improve. But there is a really good process in place because when we play a game like today, we created enough chances, the team played really well.  It is really difficult for me to be more demanding of the players, but the results show we still need to improve and work hard and I believe one of the parts we need to improve in the game is to be more clinical in both boxes.”

GRAEME JONES – “I’m pleased we got something out of it. We deserved that for our organisation, understanding and mentality. It’s far from where I want to be, on the ball in particular. On the turnover, our first pass could be better at times, but it was a solid place to start from. We’ll look to build and improve for as long as I’m doing this.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Benteke (8.3) who also had the most shots (6). The most tackles were made by Sean Longstaff (5) while Conor Gallagher (4) had the most dribbles.  

  • Team rating: 6.66 – 6.51
  • Total shots: 14 – 6
  • Shots on target: 3 – 2
  • Possession: 74.9% – 25.1%
  • Pass success: 87% – 64%
  • Passes: 657 – 211
  • Dribbles: 13 – 4
  • Aerials won: 16 – 17
  • Tackles: 11 – 18
  • Fouls: 13 – 9
  • Corners: 3 – 7
  • Saves: 0 – 2
  • Dispossessed: 8 – 4


At full time, Palace were 15th in the Premier League with 9 points from 9 games played, a point ahead of Southampton in 16th and a point behind Watford in 14th.


30/10/2021 Manchester City (a) – Premier League (3pm)

06/11/2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) – Premier League (3pm)

20/11/2021 Burnley (a) – Premier League (3pm)



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