Crystal Palace failed to convert their chances as they’re held to a goalless stalemate by Newcastle United.
Palace’s Mamadou Sakho missed the best chance of the game in the final ten minutes when he headed wide of an unguarded goal from Andros Townsend’s cross.
The visitors played much of the game in their own half, but did have opportunities, notably when James Tomkins was caught in possession by Ayoze Perez early on but his tame effort was held by Wayne Hennessey.
Newcastle are still looking for their first win of the season after six games, whilst the Eagles are seeking their first home win of the season and their first home league goal, after losing twice and drawing once.
The Magpies boss Rafa Benitez suggested that his side would look to attack more against Palace, but Palace’s ten shots to Newcastle’s three in the first half showed that the manager’s message clearly didn’t get through to the players.
Wilfried Zaha was creating much of Palace’s play as they pressed forward in numbers but the Ivorian gave the fans a pre-match scare when he disappeared from the warm-up clutching his back.
Despite that, it was Newcastle who had the better of the early chances. Perez dispossessed Tomkins and ran through on goal, but he failed to get enough power on the shot and it was very comfortable for Hennessey. Hennessey was again alert when Jamal Lascelles put a near-post header wide after being left unmarked.
Palace came the closest to opening the scoring when Luka Milivojevic’s free-kick managed to beat everyone in the area including the keeper, but the Serbian’s effort hit the inside of the post.
Palace were let off again shortly after the restart when Joselu’s drive from Matt Ritchie’s header was simple enough for the Welshman between the sticks.
But in the final 15 minutes, Palace really brought the pressure to Newcastle and Sakho had the goal gaping when Townsend’s cross evaded the onrushing Martin Dubravka but the Frenchman somehow managed to head agonisingly wide.
Late on in the game, Townsend saw a shot smothered by Dubravka but Palace were left frustrated as the weather was just as poor as the quality from either side.
Palace were unchanged from the side who beat Huddersfield 1-0 away last weekend.
Newcastle made two changes to their side as Salomon Rondon replaced Joselu and Kennedy replaces Josh Murphy.
Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 11 Premier League games against Newcastle United (W1 D5 L5) – a 5-1 victory at Selhurst Park in November 2015.
Newcastle have failed to win on 17 of their last 20 Premier League games in London (W3 D3 L14).
Crystal Palace have failed to score in three consecutive Premier League home matches for the first time since September 2017.
Newcastle have scored just four Premier League goals this season, one fewer than former striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted for Fulham (5).
Following a run of four wins in a row, Newcastle have won just one of their last 11 Premier League matches, drawing two and losing eight.
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has kept a clean sheet in four of his last seven Premier League appearances, including in each of the last two.
Man of the Match – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
The youngster gave Paul Dummett problems all afternoon. He produced three crosses and made more passes in the opposition half than any other player on the pitch.
He made three interceptions and five tackles, showing his importance at both ends of the field for the Eagles. The kid is special and is easily becoming one of the best young defenders in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace travel to the Hawthorns to face Championships side West Brom in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday at 8pm. Newcastle’s next game is at home against Leicester City next Saturday at 3pm due to the Magpies losing to Championship side Nottingham Forest in the last round of the Carabao Cup.
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