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Season 2009-10
Crystal Palace (a) Championship

In association

Date: Saturday 22nd August 2009, 3pm

Venue: Selhurst Park


Admission: Ł29.50 (Ł35 in 2004/05)


Crystal Palace

Newcastle United

0 - 2



2mins Jonas Gutierrez came infield from the left and picked out Kevin Nolan's forward run, dropping the ball on the corner of the six yard for Nolan to beat stand-in 'keeper Darryl Flahavan at the Holmesdale Road End.  1-0

Taking possession from Ameobi, Gutierrez played the ball infield again from roughly the same position as the first goal, Ryan Taylor this time taking a touch before steering the ball stylishly beyond the 'keeper from outside the area into the left hand corner of the goal. 2-0

Half time: Eagles 0 Magpies 2

Full time: Eagles 0 Magpies 2

We Said

Chris Hughton said:

"We knew it would be tough, certainly with the manager they have here and they play in a very efficient style. But I thought we were worthy winners.

"We are not far off. We have quality here. The decision the club have to make is whether it is enough to compete if we pick up a few injuries - there will be a time when we are stretched.

"I'm hoping we don't lose any more players but that is something that will only be determined over the next week. At this moment we are waiting for a decision to be made on whether the club is sold, or what will happen if the club is not sold.

"I'm very happy to be in this position and very happy to do this job for as long as I am asked to. It's not about me putting down a marker for the job, it's about winning games for this club and the players have responded."

They Said

Colin [email protected] whined and opined:

“With that wage bill, Christ they are going to have some good players, aren’t they?

"I made my voice heard at half time. I thought the two lads concerned were very very poor in the first half but I thought they did better in the second half.

"But the first half I felt sorry for nine other lads, I thought we did ever so well, but the two goals were a disgrace at this level. For the first goal what's Clint Hill doing with Shola Ameobi when we are supposed to have two centre-halves playing? Let's just hope it is a one-off from them.

"I thought it was a certain penalty when Smith pulls over Alassane. Anywhere else on the pitch and it's a free kick but I wasn't surprised when the referee didn't give it, I've not had much off him over the years. 

But you tell me another chance they had?
(how about Shola's shot in the second half?) 

"We had two free headers at 1-0 then a clear header in the second with the goalie to beat. You have to take your chances really to make games and we couldn't do that. We never really gave ourselves a chance. The goals were a disgrace at this level but you get punished by good players."

Ex-Magpie Darren Ambrose added:

“They are the best team we have played this season. The quality showed through really, especially the first half. But you can’t give a team of Newcastle’s quality a two-goal start and expect something from the game.

“They played like a Premier League side. They didn’t rush, they weren’t physical. They relaxed on the ball and I think that showed in the whole game. I think they will go up automatically.

“We have only played a few games but they have been the best team we have played so far. They have got some good players.”


Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - last ten:

2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1 
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2

Full record v Palace:

  P W D L F A
SJP 12 7 3 2 16 7
SP 13 7 1 5 17 12
League 25 14 4 7 33 19
SJP(FA) 6 5 0 1 13 4
SP 0 0 0 0 0 0
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
SP 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 6 5 0 1 13 4
Tot 31 19 4 8 46 23

United have conceded just one goal in four outings this season to date, Saturday's latest clean sheet extending their shutout record to 321 minutes.

They last won three successive league games in March/April 2008: Fulham (h), Spurs (a) and Reading (h).

That's now three league wins on the trot without conceding a goal, something Newcastle haven't managed to do since January 2003: Man City (h), Bolton (h) and Spurs (a).




They may have run out to the strains of the Dave Clark Five, but it was a case of the Merseybeats for Crystal Palace on Saturday at Selhurst Park, as first half goals from Scouse duo Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor maintained Newcastle's unbeaten start to the season.

Just two minutes were on the clock and the ball had barely been out of the Palace half, when Nolan stepped forward to net his first competitive Newcastle goal. And after Darren Ambrose tested Steve Harper, Nolan came close again with a header as United kept up the pressure.

Ryan Taylor soon also broke his United duck before Nolan almost stole a third, pushing forward to catch an unwary Palace defender in possession, but being unable to beat Flahavan this time.

The second half saw Newcastle's defence cope well with Palace's unsophisticated attempts to find a way back into the game, with Enrique and Coloccini impressive. Alan Smith also put in a decent shift, but looked fortunate to have avoided conceding a penalty after tussling with N'Diaye. 

Ameobi should really have made it three after a great move upfield, but he skied his shot after a great forward burst from midfielder Danny Guthrie. United however remained in control throughout the game, despite Palace pushing forward in the closing stages. 

Neil Warnock's side however lacked a good finisher - unlike one of their fans, who was dragged away by half the Met, after catching one of them with a haymaker....

The win left United joint top of the Championship on ten points, second on goal difference to the smoggies and ahead by the same measure from West Brom. However Cardiff's victory on Sunday (featuring yet another Michael Chopra goal) put them in pole position and pushed us back one.

That's still better than many folks feared before the start of the season, although a not insignificant part of our three game winning streak has been facing a trio of sides lacking a decent striker.

There's of course a strong case for arguing that our players who looked second-rate last season in the top league have now found their level, but that does ignore the evident collective spirit among the side currently that was so obviously missing when the chips were down last time round.

Having consistently slagged off the contribution of Jonas, mention must be made of his two assists here, although he did his best to keep out of trouble thereafter. It remains to be seen whether they are parting shots, but it was at least nice to see him exploit space and pick out passes, rather than attempt to beat the same opponent several times.

It's tempting to think that the removal of certain egotists and charlatans has purified the dressing room - although some still remain, for now. But while we've advocated the football equivalent of the Highland Clearances for the squad who took us down, that process has to be two-way.

Palace may have an FA-imposed transfer embargo affecting them currently, but ours is self-imposed. Borrowing a defender from a top flight club is faintly embarrassing, but symbolic of the type of urgent business required in our current situation, if further departures are to follow - especially in defensive positions.

When the transfer window closes after our next league outing, we'll have a minimum of nineteen games before further reinforcements can be brought in, regardless of who owns the club. 

It's all plain sailing at this point, but this looks like being the strongest we'll be all season. Thankfully we've got into a nice early habit of collecting points; we may be glad of them in a few weeks time.


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