Newcastle United were utterly dominant for much of Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace at St James’ Park, but couldn’t find the crucial breakthrough.
Rafa Benitez’s side have become a decent attacking force on their own patch and showed that again against the Eagles, who were fortunate to still be in the contest by the time Wilfried Zaha burst into the home box with ten minutes remaining.
DeAndre Yedlin came over to deal with the nippy wideman but his change of direction was just too quick for the American, who clumsily brought him down.
Luka Milivojevic is one of the best penalty takers in the Premier League and made no mistake, leaving Newcastle to lick their wounds and wonder how they didn’t come away with all three points, let alone lose the game altogether.
Newcastle fans took to Twitter to show their ire at Yedlin, who Spotrac claim earns £30,000 a week, for his poor challenge and some seem to view him as something of a liability who will continue to cost his side.
But Mike Ashley’s underinvestment in the side means that Benitez doesn’t have too many options with which to replace him.
Is Yedlin serious ? that was unnecessary
— Ali-Moncef Cherabi (@AliMoncef) April 6, 2019
What the hell is Yedlin doing?? So unnecessary
— Josh Wilson (@jwilson25325) April 6, 2019
My 3month old knew zaha will always turn inside the box! Honestly Yedlin needs to serious review his performances because that was kids way of football thinking! Shocking loss today!
— Craig Hoye (@Backchoye87) April 6, 2019
Someone get a message to Rafa.. he can’t keep playing Yedlin. He has cost us at least 6 points
— Anthony Flynn (@atknee) April 6, 2019
Yelling has to be one of the worst right backs we have ever had…and the worst thing is we don’t have another RB option….
— Matt Reeves (@matt_matt130467) April 6, 2019
Unnecessary from Yedlin but it was Almiron who conceded possession far too cheaply
— Gary (@_gary_wilson_) April 6, 2019
Liability once again ? Yedlin useless defending once again!!
— Randall (@Randall1995) April 6, 2019
— Nana (@obengmckaay) April 6, 2019