Mikel Merino’s late header sees Newcastle United defeat Crystal Palace

The winner came late and even the most ardent Newcastle United supporter would struggle to argue it was deserved, but Mikel Merino’s 86th minute header gave Rafa Benítez’s side the precious points and returned Crystal Palace to the goalless, pointless team they had been prior to last Saturday’s overturning of Chelsea.

Roy Hodgson hardly needed reminding of the cruel realities of football. Merino’s goal from Matt Ritchie’s corner means Palace have three points from nine games with London derbies against West Ham and Tottenham looming.

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The winner came late and even the most ardent Newcastle United supporter would struggle to argue it was deserved, but Mikel Merino’s 86th minute header gave Rafa Benítez’s side the precious points and returned Crystal Palace to the goalless, pointless team they had been prior to last Saturday’s overturning of Chelsea.Roy Hodgson hardly needed reminding of the cruel realities of football. Merino’s goal from Matt Ritchie’s corner means Palace have three points from nine games with London derbies against West Ham and Tottenham looming. Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/21/newcastle-united-crystal-palace-premier-league-match-report

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