Match Thoughts: Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace

Even before kick-off for the ninth round of Premier League fixtures, the league had its second managerial casualty of the season. Leicester City parted company with Craig Shakespeare after only 6 months in charge following their 1-1 draw with West Brom. Quite naturally, they won their next game; 2-1 at Swansea City. There were also shocks as Brighton won their first away game in the Premier League defeating West Ham 3-0 prompting speculation over the future of manager Slaven Bilic while Huddersfield Town defeated Manchester United 2-1. Chelsea narrowly avoided another scare coming back to defeat Watford 4-2 at Stamford Bridge. Super Sunday threw up the anticipated classics of Everton vs Arsenal; the away side winning 5-2 at Goodison Park and Tottenham Hotspur defeating Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley.

England Headcoach Gareth Southgate in attendance sat alongside Managing Director Lee Charnley and in close company of Sting and Jimmy Nail, a poor quality game fitting for Southgate's presence [Image from NUFC.com]
England Head coach Gareth Southgate in attendance sat alongside Managing Director Lee Charnley and in close company of Sting and Jimmy Nail, a poor quality game fitting for Southgate’s presence [Image from NUFC.com]

Unfortunately, as a Newcastle United fan, I find myself discussing one of the low scoring games and arguably the one of least quality as it took 73 minutes for either side to register a shot on target. It was perhaps fitting then that England head coach Gareth Southgate was in attendance and no sighting of Amanda Staveley after the businesswoman entered a period of ‘due diligence’ in the days leading up to the game. read more