Tuesday 12 December 2017

Pardew's big reunion saved by Fraizer Campbell goal

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle Utd 1

Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell scores past Newcastle United's Tim Krul
Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell scores past Newcastle United's Tim Krul
Palace manager Alan Pardew reacts on the touchline
Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko is challenged by Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh

Alan Pardew did not say that he wanted vindication for his decision to leave St James' Park for Crystal Palace, and he did not get it either - at least not in the form of three points here.

Pardew insisted, in his strikingly magnanimous programme notes, that he "bears no grudge" against the Newcastle fans and that he would rather "move on, and cherish the good days" he had on Tyneside.

All very admirable but Pardew, surely, would have dearly loved to beat his former employers, to move within two points of them in the Premier League table, to make clear that he had left a stationary big club for a smaller but upwardly mobile one. But it was not to be. Pardew does not have the quality of players at Palace that he did in his best moments at Newcastle.

Despite all their effort, they created very little and went behind before Pardew threw on Yannick Bolasie, their best player, just back from the African Cup of Nations. Bolasie made Fraizer Campbell's equaliser and led the push for a clincher but neither of these two teams deserved to win.

Pardew, though, could find his vindication elsewhere. His name was sung throughout by the home fans, even if the Newcastle supporters didn't join in.

If Newcastle started the first half revelling in negativity, they ended it celebrating a well-worked goal. There had been plenty of energy from both sides but when Newcastle added some skill, they took the lead.

Daryl Janmaat had a busy evening, trying to hold off Wilfried Zaha, but when the roles were reversed, before the break, he took advantage. Janmaat pulled a cross back to the near post. Damien Delaney got underneath it and Papiss Cisse was unmarked to head past Julian Speroni.

Irish Independent

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