Ian Wright highlights a difference between Newcastle and Crystal Palace

Ian Wright

Both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are struggling in the Premier League at the moment.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright highlighted on the BBC Radio 5 live 606 show on Sunday evening (March 6) a key difference between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.

Both Newcastle and Palace are struggling for points at the moment, but the former Arsenal striker suggested that the Eagles’ performances have been better than the Magpies.

“You look at Newcastle yesterday,” said former Palace star Wright. “They look like they have got a lot of work to do. You look at Palace - they are close, and that’s where you hang your hat on.

“The fact that, okay that was a bit unlucky, the goalkeeper made a massive mistake. The penalty could have been a bit harsh, maybe you could have got away with a 1-1 out of it, but in the end they lost the game.”

Both Newcastle and Palace lost in the Premier League at the weekend, but the manner in which they dropped the points were different.

While Steve McClaren’s side were soundly beaten 3-1 by Bournemouth at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, Alan Pardew’s team conceded a controversial late penalty to go down 2-1 to Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment, while Palace are nine points above the relegation zone.

A couple of wins should be enough for the Eagles to retain their Premier League status for next season.

As for Newcastle, it is becoming harder and harder for fans to remain optimistic about their chances of survival.

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