Crystal Palace lost 2-0 against Newcastle United at Selhurst Park thanks to two late goals from Callum Wilson and Joelinton. The result means that this is now two consecutive defeats for the Eagles in the Premier League.
The game was very slow in the first half with both sides struggling to create chances, with the only big opportunity of the half falling to Jeffrey Schlupp. The Ghanian did well to out muscle Federico Fernandez, before firing his effort towards the near post with Karl Darlow saving smartly.
The Eagles completely dominated the second half, but the Magpies stood firm to deny Palace from making a breakthrough. Eberechi Eze was the main playmaker trying to link up with Jordan Ayew and Schlupp to create an opportunity.
Cheikhou Kouyate had a great chance to open the scoring but he too was denied by Fernandez, before Patrick Van Aanholt's low cross-shot was then inches away from reaching substitute Michy Batshuayi for a tap-in.
Palace's missed chances would come back to haunt them. Newcastle broke away on the counter-attack from a Palace chance, with Joelinton linking up well with Wilson, to send the Englishman through on goal to slot past Vicente Guaita.
Moments later in injury-time, Joelinton sealed the win for the visitors by turning Scott Dann inside out, before his deflected effort left Guaita hopeless.
Newcastle rise to 10th but Palace sink to 13th with two defeats against bottom-half opposition in the same week.
Missed chances cost the Eagles
There were not a lot of opportunities in the game for either side but Newcastle made it count, and that was the difference between the two sides.
Fans had confidence in Palace getting a goal when Schlupp came close to beating Darlow at his near post in the first half - but as the game went on, you could feel that the hosts would be punished for not putting the ball in the back of the net.
Christian Benteke and Batshuayi were brought on to solve that problem but the final third was simply not good enough. Van Aanholt had a golden chance to lay it on a plate for Batshuayi but he hit the ball far too hard for the Belgian to stand a chance of getting on the end of it.
As soon as that happened, you could feel that luck was not on the side of the Eagles, who are still struggling with life without Wilfried Zaha. They will be hoping for his return soon to end their rut.
Too much reliance on Eze
Apart from Schlupp's incredible work rate going forward, Eze was the only player who was consistently trying to break through the resolute Magpies defence.
Andros Townsend's delivery was sub-par for most of the game and Van Aanholt stopped going forward for some parts of the second half. There should be more players willing to step up in Zaha's absence than Eze.
The Eagles played a 4-2-3-1 formation which supports a central attacking midfielder and Max Meyer could've been utilised for that. Schlupp isn't a CAM and Eze could've been switched with the Ghanian, especially when Meyer wasn't brought on to bolster the attack.
The defence needs to improve to stop points being dropped
The attack wasn't great but the defence have to be solid to at least gain a point for Palace.
Dann was shaky all game and there were signs of that when he came up against Wilson and Joelinton in the first-half. He was prone to an error any minute and he was at fault for both of Newcastle's goals.
For Wilson's goal, Dann was facing the ball when Joelinton flicked the ball forward for Wilson to run onto. This left Dann with no time to react and it was an easy goal for the Englishman.
Joelinton's goal was even worse, as Dann stood him up but failed to keep his composure when the Brazilian ran towards him. He was beaten far too easily and Palace's second defeat this week became a surety.
Palace fans will be crying out for Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins to return to the pitch, with Dann proving that he isn't good enough to partner with Gary Cahill for the Eagles.