Both Crystal Palace and Newcastle United left it late in this Premier League’s cagey affair but it was Newcastle’s prolific striker Callum Wilson who steps up to end the misery for his team. And 55 seconds later his strike partner Joelinton struck to seal all three points with a 0-2 win for the Magpies on Friday.
It was a dull affair for most parts of the game what we call a classic mid-table game except the last 10 minutes. The game went as all have expected two sides trying to give nothing away, solid defensively but the last 10 min it was all end to end as if teams got a reminder that they could be in the top half of Premier League winning this one.
Newcastle United started a changed 4-4-2 formation with Wilson and Joelinton as strikers. Palace had allowed the Magpies to dictate possession during the opening exchanges but briefly clicked into gear midway through the half thanks to Eberechi Eze.
The summer signing forced Karl Darlow into an excellent save with a drilled effort in the 25th minute which had been heading for the top corner.
Newcastle’s goalkeeper was required again four minutes later and produced another timely intervention to keep out Jeffrey Schlupp’s low effort.
Schlupp had been a surprise inclusion over Michy Batshuayi and he had the final attempt of the half but was unable to steer his header on target.
Both managers sensed the need for firepower as palace brought on Benteke and Riedewald and Newcastle brought on Matt Ritchie to provide supply to strikers and he pretty much did it when he delivered a wonderful ball into the box only for Joelinton to mistime and deftly head it.
At 79th minute Sean Longstaff tried a Maradona-esque run taking the ball from his half-dribbling past through the Palace midfield only to be brought down at the edge of the box to provide Newcastle a free-kick. Matt Ritchie took the free-kick and it was a routine save for Guita.
And then All of the sudden palace awoke Benteke rose to head low with power Darlow made a sound stop parrying it away from the goal then Federico Fernandez stretched at the near post to bravely Block the shot from Kouyate.
Five minutes later maybe the best chance fell on the feet of Michy Batchuayi when he can’t meet low drilled cross on far post from Patrick Van Aanholt.
In the 88th minute Joelinton chest down the throw-in and combined beautifully with Wilson to show his strength and to run through the midfield of Palace to release Wilson one on one with the keeper who squeezed it between the legs of hapless Guita.
55 seconds later Newcastle displayed a wonderful counter-attack the goal scorer turns provider when Wilson released Joelinton on the right for Joey to feint skill Palace defence and hit a low powerless strike only for Gary Cahill to deflect and wrong foot Guita.
With this match, Newcastle United Rose to the top half of the table at tenth with 14 points, and Crystal Palace fell to 13th place with 13 points both teams seemingly far from relegation.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle United Star Performers:
Callum Wilson (Newcastle Utd):
He again proved how crucial he is to this team adding vital finishing quality which Joelinton doesn’t possess. He waited for his chance to come and when he’s one on one with the keeper there’s a feeling he would score.
Newcastle have a real match-winner in him, as he currently has 9 goal contributions to his name(7goals and 2assists).
Joelinton (Newcastle Utd): Man of the Match
The work rate, hard shift, and linkup play quite often go unnoticed by his big chances missed and scuffing the shots. A workhorse No. 10 is his best role. I remember when he was in Bundesliga people compare him to Firmino and he distances away rumors by telling that he’s an out-and-out striker but back of the mind he looks up to Firmino.
His partnership with Wilson is something to look forward to, resembles Danny Ings and Che Adams. He deserved a bit of luck for his hard work and perseverance.
Karl Darlow(Newcastle Utd):
Definitely, the best in-form goalkeeper England currently has but not in their squad. The crucial save at the end from the Benteke header saved the day for Newcastle.
He leads the table for most saves and 2nd in save percentages at 72.27% only behind Mendy(Chelsea) with 87.7%, a remarkable achievement for a second-choice goalie.
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