Premier League

Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle: Player ratings as Wilson rescues a point for Magpies

Jamie Spencer
Callum Wilson equalised against the run of play for Newcastle
Callum Wilson equalised against the run of play for Newcastle / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages
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Newcastle rescued a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace thanks to a second-half overhead kick from Callum Wilson against the run of play at Selhurst Park.

Palace, who utterly dominated possession throughout the contest, were left ruing missed chances that could have given them only a third Premier League win of the season.

Christian Benteke scored the opening goal for the Eagles, towering above the Newcastle defence at the back post to nod home a high cross. But the Belgian could so easily have had a hat-trick with slightly sharper finishing.

Benteke hit the post in the first half and then the crossbar in the second, as well as firing wide when presented with a gilt-edged chance to restore Palace’s lead when it was 1-1. He even had the ball in the net once more late on, only to see a VAR check rule it out because of a foul.

Newcastle’s equaliser came completely out of the blue. The Magpies had been poor going forward and had seen so little of the ball that creativity was almost non-existent.

Yet Wilson showed his poacher’s instinct following a set piece when a loose ball kept alive in the penalty area popped up and was ripe for an improvised overhead kick. The ball flashed into the Palace net, and while the hosts restored their dominance thereafter, including the late 'winner' that was chalked off following a review, 1-1 was how it finished.

Here are your player ratings for both teams...


Crystal Palace player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Vicente Guaita
Vicente Guaita couldn't stop the Newcastle equaliser / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Vicente Guaita (GK) - 6/10 - Had precious little to do.

Joel Ward (RB) - 6/10 - Spent most of his time looking forward.

Joachim Andersen (CB) - 6/10 - Defended well, although never faced much in the way of a direct threat.

Marc Guehi (CB) - 6/10 - Comfortable on the ball.

Tyrick Mitchell (LB) - 6/10 - Got forward well and his lofted cross into the box gave Palace the breakthrough.

2. Midfielders

Conor Gallagher, Isaac Hayden
Conor Gallagher added midfield guile for Palace / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Conor Gallagher (CM) - 7/10 - Looked sharp and was always trying to make things happen, whether on the ball or with his movement.

Luka Milivojevic (CM) - 6/10 - Put himself about in midfield. Arguably fortunate to escape a yellow card in the first half.

James McArthur (CM) - 6/10 - Part of a dominant midfield performance.

3. Forwards

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke scored but should have had more / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Michael Olise (RW) - 7/10 - Very bright on his first Premier League start.

Christian Benteke (ST) - 7/10 - Hit the post and later the bar. Rewarded with the opening goal and then missed a glorious chance to put Palace back ahead after the equaliser. Saw a potential winner ruled out by VAR.

Odsonne Edouard (LW) - 6/10 - Joined Benteke centrally whenever Palace were on the attack. Lacked enough quality to make a real impact.

4. Substitutes

Wilfried Zaha (RW) - 6/10

Jeffrey Schlupp (CM) - 6/10

Jean-Philippe Mateta (ST) - N/A


Newcastle player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Wilfried Zaha, Ciaran Clark
Ciaran Clark struggled / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Karl Darlow (GK) - 6/10 - Didn't have a great deal to do given Palace's huge dominance of the ball.

Emil Krafth (CB) - 6/10 - Kept the ball alive in the penalty area for Wilson to get his chance to equalise at 1-1.

Jamaal Lascelles (CB) - 6/10 - Worked hard to keep Palace at bay.

Ciaran Clark (CB) - 5/10 - Far too weak when challenging Benteke as Palace took the lead. Lucky to get away with it again late on.

6. Midfielders

Isaac Hayden defended well in the closing stages
Isaac Hayden defended well in the closing stages / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Javier Manquillo (RM) - 6/10 - Tenacious on the right, particularly with a late tackle that prevented a stoppage time counter attack.

Isaac Hayden (CM) - 6/10 - Dug in deep defensively in the closing stages.

Sean Longstaff (CM) - 5/10 - Palace saw the vast majority of the ball while he was on the pitch.

Ryan Fraser (CM) - 4/10 - Did little in terms of creating anything of note.

Matt Ritchie (LM) - 6/10 - Just about held his own defensively and was always on hand to provide set piece delivery.

7. Forwards

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson scored out of nowhere / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Allan Saint-Maximin (ST) - 5/10 - It was a struggle for the usually electric Frenchman to get going because Newcastle saw so little of the ball.

Callum Wilson (ST) - 6/10 - Starved of meaningful service for an hour but scored an improvised overhead kick out of absolutely nowhere.

8. Substitutes

Miguel Almiron (CM) - 6/10

Joe Willock (CM ) - 6/10

Joelinton (ST) - 5/10


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