You will doubtless read and hear reports of the battling spirit of our team but this was a rank piss poor match between two very average sides, with the away team a darker shade of rank than the home one. A withering judgement on the team Pardew left. 5 loosely described “chances” all match for NUFC and one on target. Utter horsecrap. Palace finished much the stronger side and will probably feel they lost a genuine opportunity of another win under Pardew.
As for Peartree Productions himself, he’s an NUFC statistic now, and a grey one at that. I honestly couldn’t give a fuck what he does with his career now he’s doubled his wages despite what I just said. In fact, all the Pardew chants just fuel the brain dead noise and free paper pulp of Merson and Barclay. He’s simply not worth your aggravation.
At least Perez was going to get the support of Cisse (on paper anyway) though Ayoze played fairly deep tonight. Ideally it’s him and Cabella supporting a front man for me but Cabella started out from wide which makes him easier to read and mark. Perez confirmed what we already knew before tonight. The lad is shattered.
Dummett or Taylor must’ve seriously upset someone to have had Williamson starting again and his header out for a corner off the back of his head and of which he knew absolutely nothing about was an all too familiar sign early on. Less said about his comical left foot shot in front of goal in the second half that nearly went for a throw the better.
The first half was absolutely terrible bar the opening goal. Despite a bright opening by both sides, the dearth of chances and possession being squandered was marked. The only chances of note were from a cracking pass from Cisse’s outside left foot into the path of Cabella whose shot was easily blocked. Oh and Crystal Palace had a goal disallowed.
When it came to Cisse’s goal just before half time it was a complete shock and left the away end to ask just how this was possible. It was a well taken header from excellent work and cross from Janmaat.
Palace however cranked up the gears in the second half and although the game still was way short on quality, it was made up for with the energy of the irritating bell end Zaha and Puncheon providing good crosses from the right.
Daft fannying about in defence from Cabella led to a free kick on the left but Ledley missed an open goal with a free header to equalise. Puncheon, who was arguably the best performer for either side on the night whipped an excellent cross for Zaha to head back across goal but no one at the far post to knock in what would have been an easy leveller. The equaliser did come after 71 mins when a cross came in from the substitute Yannick Bolasie after Coloccini’s clearing header was intercepted off Gouffran. Williamson completely failed to pick up Frazier Campbell who easily got ahead to poke the cross past Krul. Another really dopey goal to concede and again from lost possession.
Cisse had a shot from 20 yards which blazed over the bar but back came Palace with Hangeland coming close with two headers from corners, the second producing an outstanding save from Krul at the near post.
The substitutions made by Carver were Pardewesque. Cisse off for Abeid when we were still in the game? Putting Dummett in midfield for Cabella? Do we not want to win?
On the face of it not a bad result but frankly who gives a shit. Another season to exist in the Premiership while Ashley rakes in the increasingly lucrative TV money. Part of me actually hopes we drop like a stone to the Conference so he’s denied the mullah. Start again ground sharing with Heaton Stan or Gateshead when we hit rock bottom? So be it. This isn’t what supporting NUFC is supposed to be about. I was even denied the chance of a pre-match pint in case visiting animals enacted the last days of Rome on the streets of Norwood Junction. Grim, boring, futile joylessness.
Newcastle United: Krul 6; Hiadara 5, Coloccini 5, Williamson 3, Janmaat 6; Cabella 5, Colback 4, Sissoko 5, Gouffran 5 (Dummett n/a); CISSE 6 (Abeid n/a), Perez 4 (Riviere n/a).
Subs not used: Woodman, Taylor, Anita, Obertan
Ours: 5 Supportive considering but the monotonous Pardew chants got on my nerves. Booing Palace fans for not joining in the 17 minutes applause (it was only a minority but an audible one) is pathetic. How the fuck do they know what it’s about and 7 months after the tragedy as well. Honestly, have a look at yourselves!
Theirs: 8 Excellent atmosphere. The best home fans I’ve heard in a long while. Out sung us easily. Get marked down to an 8 because some prick threw a coin at Coloccini. Whoever he or she was they were probably related to the gold chain wearing divvy who got Cantona’s boot in his mouth almost exactly 20 years ago to the day.
Marriner: 3 This bloke is just incompetent. One of the worst referees out there.