Newcastle 1 Crystal Palce 0: Darlow, Townsend or Lascelles – who was man of the match?

Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend

Newcastle United kept their survival hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at St James’s Park.

Andros Townsend was the goal hero with a stunning free-kick, but at the other end Karl Darlow put in an excellent performance, including saving Yohan Cabaye’s penalty.

Who was your man of the match though? Miles Starforth gives his player ratings.

Karl Darlow: Kept United in the game before the break and made an all-important penalty save..... 8

Vurnon Anita: Ably filled in at right-back again, withdrawn late in the game ..........7

Chancel Mbemba: Overcame an edgy start to put in another solid and dependable performance.............. 7

Jamaal Lascelles: Growing in stature by the game and made a superb tackle to stop Wickham...... 8

Paul Dummett: Set the tone with some of his challenges.... 7

Andros Townsend: Kept United’s hopes of Premier League survival alive with a stunning free-kick.... 8

Cheick Tiote: Has become a key figure under Benitez..... 7

Jack Colback: Pressed Palace high up the pitch in the first half and used the ball well.... 7

Moussa Sissoko: Went missing for the first 45 minutes, but more of an influence after the break... 6

Georginio Wijnaldum: Improved after a largely anonymous first-half performance...... 6

Papiss Cisse: Didn’t get too many opportunities in the lone striker role..... 6

SUBSTITUTES

Aleksandar Mitrovic (for Cisse, 73): Lifted the team for the last 17 minutes...... 6

Ayoze Perez (for Wijnaldum, 80): Energised Benitez’s side for the last 10 minutes............. 6

Jonjo Shelvey (for Anita, 88): Helped United see the game out.............. 6