VIDEO: Sakho’s Newcastle Miss Gets Worse Every Time You Watch It

1 Posted by - September 24, 2018 - News, Video

Saturday afternoon’s 0-0 draw between Crystal Palace and Newcastle was destined for the last slot on Match of the Day from the moment Andre Marriner blew his whistle to signal full-time, with Mamadou Sakho’s horror-miss in the second half summing up exactly the sort of game supporters were subjected to in SE25.

In a game of very few clear-cut chances, Palace probably just about shaded it, with Sakho’s shocker representing the most obvious opportunity to give Roy Hodgson a first home goal and victory of the the 2018/19 season. As you can see from the footage attached above, the ball is flung into the penalty area after some fantastic work from Andros Townsend over on the far touchline, only for Magpies keeper Martin Dubravka to completely misjudge the flight of the ball and present the Frenchman with a gilt-edged chance to open the scoring.

Despite worries that he had strayed a touch offside, it looks as though the former Liverpool defender was actually stood onside, making his headed miss with the goal gaping all the more frustrating for us and him. On a day when Rafa Benitez’s players offered next to nothing in an attacking sense, it’s difficult to escape the feeling that Sakho’s error has led to two points being dropped which, just a few weeks after we saw Joel Ward put a free header wide against Watford and Christian Benteke thwarted at point blank range at home to Southampton, is a bitter pill to swallow.

To Mamadou’s credit, both he and James Tomkins were superb throughout Saturday’s game at the other end of the field, notching up their second consecutive clean sheet and further cementing their place as the club’s first-choice central defensive pairing. It’s just a shame Mama wasn’t able to put the cherry on the cake of what was otherwise a faultless display by scoring the goal which would have seen off the Toon Army.

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  • tzcar September 24, 2018 - 7:46 am Reply

    i thought sako was our best player.this is the sixth match palace were frankly disjointed.things clearly are not right behind the scene,s.u cannot expect zaha to orchestrate the side every time.midfield and forwards,blunt,unimaginative.only when meyer came on,and try to knit thing,s together,did palace get the better of newcastle.this fir me shows this kid must play,as he,s the nearest to cabaye we,ve present i see this being a long hard winter.

  • Sharpy September 24, 2018 - 8:13 am Reply

    Rumblings of things not right behind the scenes already !! Amazing

  • tzcar September 24, 2018 - 8:28 am Reply

    sharpy perhaps your not looking at the reality of things.ask yourself this.have palace played well this season.apart from zaha,who really has stood out among midfield or forwards.u can,t tell me this is the team of back end of last season.they arn,t playing well,anyone can see that.and u have to ask yourself why not?

  • Chas September 24, 2018 - 10:23 am Reply

    If it makes anybody feel better, I was sitting right in front of the goal line in the main stand, and the ball had clearly gone out for a goal kick before Andros crossed it. He even paused expecting the whistle but crossed it when he heard nothing. I agree Max Meyer could well be our next Cabaye, and should start every game from now, and share dead ball kicks with Luca too.

  • Gordon September 24, 2018 - 4:37 pm Reply

    I thought we played well for much of the game at Fulham, deserved a point at home to Liverpool and were much the better side in the first half against Watford. The second half at Vicarage Road was poor, as was the whole match at home to Southampton. We sneaked it at Huddersfield without playing particularly well and were hugely disappointing against Newcastle.
    Yes, I agree with tzcar – it just isn’t clicking for us atm – but this isn’t a sign of problems behind the scenes imho. Everything looks good at the training ground as far as I can see.
    I also agree that Meyer needs to be a starter.
    But Roy, as we know, doesn’t make wholesale changes. He substitutes cautiously & prefers to adjust rather than overhaul when selecting his teams. But he does seem to have moved from a regular 4-4-2 to a sort of 4-3-3.
    Ayew has been introduced and looks good – certainly more effective than Benteke. Kouyate is now starting games. Schlupp seems to have been switched from a midfield starter to being Van Aanholt’s understudy at LB, which is no doubt why Souare is rumoured to be available in the January window. It seems to me that it’s McArthur or Meyer for the remaining MF position.
    We will click. It’s just a question of time.

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