Palace 1-1 Newcastle
Alan Pardew can consider himself very unlucky in not being able to beat his former club at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night. Papiss Cisse scored with Newcastle’s only shot on target, heading home a Daryl Janmaat cross, before a second half strike from substitute Fraizer Campbell levelled the game. Palace went in search of a winner as United sat deeper and deeper but Tim Krul was largely untroubled until late on when he had to be at his best to deny a towering Brede Hangeland header.
Campbell had the ball in the net in the first half but his header was correctly ruled out for offside during a half of attrition in terms of attacking chances, however, much of the focus in the press appears to be on a coin hitting Newcastle’s Fabricio Colocinni in the face. An incident that John Carver claims could have “blinded” his centre back. More on that later.
Injury Forced Substitutions
For the second home game running Pardew was forced into an early change as Yaya Sanogo went down injured and looks set to miss the weekend’s FA Cup 5th round match against Liverpool. Just like in the match against Everton, when Marouane Chamakh was forced off with his broken nose, Pardew got the substitution wrong. With Dwight Gayle and Glenn Murray on the bench, I was very surprised to see Campbell stripping off to replace Sanogo. I am almost certain that he would have been the third choice of the potential three subs for every single person in the ground.
"How can you say it was the wrong substitution when he scored our only goal?"
Some of you may be thinking; how can you say it was the wrong substitution when he scored our only goal? Up until the goal Campbell had offered nothing other than the odd bit of huff and puff. His all-around play flattered to deceive, as it has done since he arrived at Palace. I can’t help but expect that he is going to suddenly break out and become a great striker for us but it never happens. Yes he got the goal, however, we all know that it was the pinpoint cross from Yannick Bolasie that put the goal on the plate for him.
I said at half time that it was “make or break” for Campbell in the second half in terms of his Palace career. With his goal he might have bought himself some time but he needs to kick on if he is to remain with us pass the summer. Hopefully he can prove me wrong as I would love nothing more than him to do well.
The Bolasie substitution was the complete opposite from Pardew. Like almost all of his substitutions since he arrived at Palace, it had a positive effect on the game and resulted in us coming from behind to get a result.
Hopefully having to make early enforced substitutions will be a rarity for Pardew but it certainly seems to be a hole in his game. Of course, this is currently a mere blot on his otherwise almost perfect start to life in SE25.
Coloccini and the Coin
It’s been quite some time but we are back into the coin throwing debate. I wrote an article a few years ago called “Persecuted for Passion” that was praised and castigated in equal measure. This was after an array of “missiles” were thrown at Watford players as Troy Deeney goaded Block B of the Holmesdale after a, wait for it, Jordon Mutch goal. I read it through and my opinion remains the same, controversial or not.
“Whilst not condoning the missile throwing, can I understand why objects were thrown? Without a doubt. People, proven throughout history, are territorial and will defend their home when threatened. Once again, if one thinks that a football fan does not see the stadium that their team plays in as a second home, then one is as idiotic as the people who threw the objects. “
Papiss Cisse was very deliberate in positioning where Newcastle celebrated the goal. This is already a very highly charged game for the Newcastle players, playing against their old manager, but this has nothing to do with the Crystal Palace fans. Cisse came over, with almost every Newcastle player, and celebrated in front of the most vociferous and passionate section of the stadium. There is absolutely no doubt that he was trying to goad the Palace fans as he finally peeled away, running backwards whilst facing the Holmesdale and slapping pulling his shirt in a frenzy.
As I said in the “Persecuted for Passion” piece:
“Player passion needs to be taken into account here. I am not suggesting that players shouldn’t get passionate about the game and not let their emotions run away with them at times. I believe the complete opposite. I love to see players get passionate about the game, especially in a day and age where loyalty to a club (Jim Cannon’s appearance record will never be broken for Palace I am sure) seems to have been lost in the quest to earn astronomical amounts of money.”
"They will see it as extremely disrespectful and will feel justified in the actions that they took."
Go for it Papiss! Knock yourself out! Celebrate in front of the Holmesdale, or any other stand in the world, in that fashion. However, be prepared for what might happen. Some people will be nodding here and some will be shaking their heads in disgust but if you provoke people, guess what? People react! To those shaking their heads, you might not sink to the level of the players that are trying to provoke the fans but not every person is like you. There are many people in the world that will take severe aversion to being provoked, especially in their own back yard. They will see it as extremely disrespectful and will feel justified in the actions that they took. Some will even feel like they should have run on the pitch and knocked him out.
If you want to be like the media and be extremely quick to judge a person who throws the coin then go ahead. If you are comfortable ignoring human behaviour, for not all human behaviour is of an exemplary nature, then go ahead. But I believe that they players have as much responsibility not to incite such situations as there will always be people in the world that react in the worst of ways. Thankfully, there are laws to deal with these kind of people.
For now, let’s be content that Colocinni won’t be needing a guide dog and that the fan who threw the coin is likely to be, rightly, reprimanded for his actions. After all, you have to be prepared to accept responsibility for your actions. Meanwhile, the man that caused all of the carnage trots off into the distance scot-free.
Man of the Match: Yannick Bolasie
Probably just for the assist alone. What a cross!
Meanwhile, he completely changed the pace of the game and pushed Newcastle further and further back and helped to force a match situation in which Palace became clear favourites to win. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out that way this time around, but it is great to have him back.
Up Next: Liverpool (FA Cup)
I want only one gift for Valentine’s Day. A victory and a FA quarter final.
Come on you Palace.