Newcastle United moved into sixth position in the English Premier League on Saturday with a hard-fought win against Crystal Palace at St James’ Park.
The Magpies laboured for much of the game with Roy Hodgson’s side a match for most of the ninety minutes. However, substitute Mikel Merino rose to head home the winner just four minutes from time to give the home supporters something to cheer about.
It wasn’t a classic for the neutral with shots on target few and far between and the attacking lines of both teams failing to really impact on the game.
While Newcastle fans were of course happy with the result, they weren’t particularly overjoyed with the performance and aimed most of their criticism at striker Joselu, who struggled before being subbed off for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
With just two goals so far this season, the summer signing has failed to win over fans of his new club and now there are calls for Mitrovic to start matches ahead of him.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Joselu just doesn’t do it for me. Not as a lone striker #nufc
— Toon Army Virginia (@ToonArmy757) October 21, 2017
Joselu is woeful. Mitro needs to start instead of him. Diame was fairly decent. Manquillo and lejune were poor as well! #NUFC
— Danny Bundock (@danbundock23) October 21, 2017
— nEwCaStLe fOr LiFe (@77_SH_ER) October 21, 2017
Awful game and palace deserved a point. Will gladly take a late winner #nufc ayoze and joselu were missing all game! Hayden doesn’t look fit
— Jonathan Cole (@JohnnyCole84) October 21, 2017
Mitro looked better than Joselu when he came on. #NUFC
— Martin Garrick (@MGCOACHSALES) October 21, 2017
Well at least we've now had a couple of shots on target. Chuck Mitro on for Joselu for the last 20 mins, he can't do worse #NUFC
— Dazz Knowles (@dazzknowles) October 21, 2017
Joselu and Gayle have given us nothing this season. Like him or not, surely we should give Mitro a go? Can't do worse than those two. #NUFC
— Bristol Magpie (@BristolMagpie) October 21, 2017
Not a single shot on target .. what do you expect with joselu upfront !! #nufc
— gee singh (@geesingh1) October 21, 2017