Crystal Palace pulled it out the bag on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Newcastle despite the Magpies having the larger share of chances, although the manner in which the three points were won won’t matter one bit to the Selhurst Park faithful whose team will surely remain in the Premier League for another season as a result.
Luka Milivojevic eventually broke the deadlock with his customary penalty, but it could have been the Eagles’ second had Christian Benteke connected properly with Andros Townsend’s back-post cross minutes earlier.
Bursting down the left, the former Spurs winger curled it towards Benteke, who was in acres of space, although somehow the big Belgian was unable to strike the ball on the volley nor bring it down, instead just sliding it out of play.
Check out the fan cams from Newcastle 0-1 Palace in the video below…
The missed chance was the latest exmple of ‘how-did-you-not-score-that’ from the 28-year-old, who has been a shell of the all-conquering striker he was in 2016/17 and has yet to net in the current campaign.
Will he manage to open his account with five games remaining? It looks unlikely right now.
Here’s what the Palace fans had to say about the number 17’s miss on Twitter…
Mine too. He changed the game cos he was given enough time to effect it. That's all I'm asking of Roy. Use your subs early enough and manage the game. We'd have more points and players in form if he did this more often.
— rickerz (@rickerz61) April 7, 2019
Agreed bigger impact
— Kev (@kevinbartleyy) April 7, 2019
Nil emotion. He has had a shocking couple of years and best form when Villa were relegated. Please end this.
— Roy P N (@Roygladallover) April 8, 2019
At villa he took the pens and you never thought he would miss. Unless milo is subbed/injured that ain’t coming back. Feel for the guy – he’s wholehearted and talented, but right now it just isn’t going to happen
— Paul Hanna (@paul4july) April 7, 2019
Should have tried to bring it down still believe the big man will get back scoring soon
— Jimmy Dawes (@dawzey16) April 7, 2019
He should check his bank balance, 120k every friday should be a nice little boost
— Duke King (@DKSOUTHLONDON) April 7, 2019
He’s done. Lost whatever he had
— Dick Mahoney (@Bunds_) April 7, 2019