Sky Sports have looked at the performances of all the Premier League clubs in this latest weekend of games.

The broadcaster giving a grade for each team’s display and a write-up on the performance.

Despite giving them a ‘B+’ for the performance, Sky Sports state ‘Palace won’t be shy to admit they stole a win at St James’ Park.’


The visitors had only two shots (both off target) in open play and then the one form the penalty spot that was on target, That was it.

As for Newcastle, the report says: ‘Rafa Benitez was left in disbelief at Newcastle’s defeat by Palace after the game’, which is a pretty fair assessment as the NUFC boss looked furious at the final whistle.

Sky Sports acknowledge that overall Newcastle did pretty well with their defending, the problems coming at the other end…

Sky Sports Verdict – Newcastle United (C-):

“Rafa Benitez was left in disbelief at Newcastle’s defeat by Palace after the game, considering his side had 18 shots to Palace’s three, but this result was as much down to poor finishing as it was luck.

“Newcastle dominated for near enough 80 minutes at St James’ Park, and do look brighter with Salomon Rondon, Ayoze Perez and Miguel Almiron in a front three, but failed to take their chances and secure their Premier League safety.

“In fairness, they defended rather well, keeping Palace’s counter-attack to a minimum and making Wilfried Zaha look average, until the 80th minute…

“Zaha’s break succumbed DeAndre Yedlin, and the game was stolen.

“What’s worse: Benitez’s admission after the game that he is ‘not too close’ in terms of negotiations with Newcastle will have Toon fans worried.”

It was Crystal Palace B+, Sky Sports describe their victory:

“Unpredictable but ultimately safe, Palace won’t be shy to admit they stole a win at St James’ Park. They struggled to utilise the pace of Wilfried Zaha, Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Towsend, until very late on when Zaha’s break forced DeAndre Yedlin into an error.

“Palace’s last six games reads WLWLWLW; Roy Hodgson will want consistency going forward as Palace look ahead to a seventh straight season, and will also want to match their home form with their superb away form.

“Crystal Palace have won 59 per cent of their Premier League points away from home this season (23/39), the highest such ratio in the division.”

Sky Sports grades on Premier League performances this past weekend:

(A) Burnley, Leicester

(A-) Everton

(B+) Crystal Palace, Chelsea

(B) Liverpool

(C) Southampton, Huddersfield

(C-) West Ham, Newcastle United

(D) Arsenal, Bournemouth


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Graham Porter