Eddie Howe looks to ‘football gods’ as Newcastle boss reacts to VAR call & Crystal Palace draw

Eddie Howe spoke of his disbelief after Newcastle United’s stalemate against Crystal Palace.

The Magpies were held by the Eagles on a day in which they peppered the Palace goal with chances. But a VAR call and a missed chance from Alexander Isak cost them dear.

Howe said: “It was an incredible game. Two teams going at it trying to deliver. Barring a slow start – or maybe a 15-20 minute period in the middle of the first-half – the lads gave me everything. How we have not scored, I’ll let you look back and decide.”

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Looking back on the chances, Howe said: “There were more presentable ones [than the Alexander Isak chance]. “Everything we tried in and around the goal didn’t work, even the one we did score.”

And Howe was unhappy with the decision to chalk off Joe Willock’s attempt at goal which went in off Marc Guehi.

Howe said: “I disagree with the decision. “I thought it should be a goal. I thought Joe was pushed. He is running in and is pushed into the keeper. I am not sure what Joe is supposed to do there. For me it is a perfectly good goal.

“You hope it is not one of those days where you get caught by a sucker punch. I have to credit my players for not losing focus and discipline.

“In terms of effort and the team pulling together, it has been really good.

“We should have more points. One win and a few draws that should be wins, but it is a long season.

“Performance levels are really good. I hope the football gods level it up and we get points maybe when we’re not playing so well.”

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