Garth Crooks highlights Newcastle's problem against Palace, makes bold claim about scoreline

Steve McClaren

Garth Crooks believes Crystal Palace could have beaten Newcastle United 10-1 on Saturday.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that Newcastle 'looked like a team in turmoil' against Crystal Palace, and could have been beaten 10-1.

The Magpies took an early lead against Palace thanks to a Papiss Cisse header, but that's as good as it got for Steve McClaren's men.

Two goals each from Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur as well as a strike from Wilfried Zaha handed Palace a thumping win, with manager Alan Pardew haunting his former club at Selhurst Park.

The defeat for Newcastle means that they remain on just two wins so far this season, and lie second bottom of the Premier League table after a dismal start to the campaign.r

Newcastle's latest defeat came just days after a training ground bust-up, where manager McClaren blasted his players, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Speaking after Saturday's game, pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he felt the bust-up caused a major problem for Newcastle, and they could have been beaten 10-1 at Palace, such was their dominance.

Crooks also raved about Palace winger Yannick Bolasie for his exceptional display, praising him for his 'excellent season' so far.

"This game could have been 10-1," said Crooks. "Crystal Palace absolutely annihilated Newcastle United at Selhurst Park, and how refreshing to see Yannick Bolasie amongst the goals to complement his exciting play. I can never understand why a natural winger with so much ability doesn't score more goals. Bolasie is a real talent and he is having an excellent season for the Eagles."

"What a contrast with Newcastle United, who looked like a team in turmoil. Media reports of bust-ups in training between the captain Fabricio Coloccini and manager Steve McClaren have clearly had an impact on the dressing room, and looking at this performance they need to sort out their differences very quickly," he added.

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