Soccer  

Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United: Magpies set club record unbeaten run in draw

Joelinton
Newcastle’s Joelinton had three of the game’s eight shots on target

Newcastle extended their unbeaten run to a club-record 15 top-flight games with their third goalless draw against Crystal Palace this season.

The Magpies, who moved up to third, had the better chances with Vicente Guaita denying Joelinton three times and Callum Wilson, Sven Botman and Alexander Isak all failing to score headers.

This draw meant Newcastle are eight points behind leaders Arsenal, having played two games more than the Gunners, and possibly ending excitable talk of a title bid.

Palace are yet to win a game in 2023, although this was their second point against a top-four side in four days, having held Manchester United on Wednesday.

They had to wait 72 minutes for their only shot on target with Jean-Philippe Mateta’s drive expertly tipped over the bar by Nick Pope. On a mixed night for the Eagles, they lost talismanic forward Wilfried Zaha to an apparent hamstring injury in the second half.

Magpies remarkable run goes on

When Newcastle lost 2-1 at Liverpool on 31 August, even their optimistic fans could barely have dreamed they would enter February with that as their only league defeat.

This point at Palace saw them beat their record of 14 top-flight games without defeat – achieved in 1950 and 2011 (both times across two seasons).

Their run of keeping first-half clean sheets goes on even longer. Eddie Howe’s side are now the first team in more than 20 years – since Liverpool in 2002 – to go 16 Premier League games without conceding in the opening period.

Evidence pointed to this being a goalless draw. It was 0-0 between the sides at St James’ Park in September and November, that time a Carabao Cup tie the Magpies won on penalties.

They had enough chances to win this one, but this is now their third goalless draw in four league games.

Joelinton’s three first-half efforts saved by Guaita were all fairly tame. The Spaniard also kept out headers from Wilson and substitute Isak, and Botman powered one of his own wide.

Miguel Almiron volleyed an early chance into the side-netting, and Dan Burn and Botman were also denied by the Palace keeper.

More to follow.

helpHow to play

Rate players out of 10 throughout or after the game. The rater will close 30 minutes after the final whistle.

Rating range key1 = Give it up10 = Pure perfection

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number13Player nameGuaita

  2. Squad number2Player nameWard

  3. Squad number26Player nameRichards

  4. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

  5. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  6. Squad number28Player nameDoucouré

  7. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  8. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  9. Squad number10Player nameEze

  10. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  11. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

  1. Squad number7Player nameOlise

  2. Squad number14Player nameMateta

  3. Squad number17Player nameClyne

  4. Squad number19Player nameHughes

  5. Squad number77Player nameOzoh

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number22Player namePope

  2. Squad number2Player nameTrippier

  3. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  4. Squad number4Player nameBotman

  5. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  6. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

  7. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

  8. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  9. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  10. Squad number9Player nameWilson

  11. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  1. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

  2. Squad number14Player nameIsak

  3. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Guaita
  • 2WardSubstituted forClyneat 71′minutes
  • 26Richards
  • 6GuéhiBooked at 4mins
  • 3Mitchell
  • 28DoucouréBooked at 87mins
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forHughesat 65′minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 9J Ayew
  • 10EzeSubstituted forOliseat 65′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11ZahaSubstituted forMatetaat 65′minutes
  • 22ÉdouardSubstituted forOzohat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 7Olise
  • 14Mateta
  • 17Clyne
  • 19Hughes
  • 21Johnstone
  • 44Riedewald
  • 47Wells-Morrison
  • 77Ozoh

Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Pope
  • 2TrippierBooked at 57mins
  • 5Schär
  • 4Botman
  • 33Burn
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 39Bruno Guimarães
  • 28WillockSubstituted forSaint-Maximinat 69′minutes
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forMurphyat 86′minutes
  • 9WilsonSubstituted forIsakat 69′minutes
  • 7JoelintonBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 6Lascelles
  • 10Saint-Maximin
  • 11Ritchie
  • 12Lewis
  • 14Isak
  • 19Manquillo
  • 23Murphy
  • 32Anderson

Referee:
Craig Pawson

Attendance:
25,350

Live Text

Everything you need to know about your Premier League team banner

  • Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever before – here’s everything you need to know to make sure you never miss a moment

BBC Sport banner footer