Horrible, cold and wet day today. Not a bad game but we didn't play as well as we can
Both the goals came in the last 10 mins of a hard fought game in which Palace again flooded the midfield and got everybody bar AJ behind the ball.
Newcastle had the bulk of the play but didn't really test Palace in the first half, Palace on the other hand were quick on the break and had the two best chances of the half. Kolkka came off the left wing on his right foot and bent a curler just around Given's far post and shortly before half time AJ had a shot saved by the Newcastle keeper.
Palace struggled to get a central midfielder up to support AJ in his lone role, too often he was outnumbered by the big Geordie defenders and it seemed that whenever he did break free he was cynically clattered , leading to at yellow cards for Ronnie Jonsen and Bernard.
Robert did his best Baros diving impression thoughout, but did hit a great freekick ono the bar.
The game seemed to be heading for a draw when there was some confusion down the Palace left allowing Kluivert to score with a back heel( tv will probably replay it a milion times
) The second goal came as Palace threw everybody upfield looking for an equaliser and got caught on the breakaway
In summary then, we again competed well but gave the ball away too easily, Kolkka and Routledge didn't get the best service ,and were often too deep to hurt the opposition.AJ worked hard and got kicked alot but we only created one chance for him. Newcastle weren't fantastic but their play was more precise and they probably feel they were deserving victors.