Despite a goalless draw against struggling Crystal Palace, it was a night of records for Newcastle United, who kept a sixth straight league clean sheet for the first time in club history, while Eddie Howe became the first English manager in the Premier League (PL) to go 15 games undefeated.
Crystal Palace had the chance to take points away from a top-four club for the second time in four days after snatching a point late in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Thursday.
The hosts started slowly, as expected for a team that had only won once in their previous six games, enabling English countrymen Callum Wilson and Dan Burn to go close early on.
The hosts’ finest opportunity of the first half went to their youthful center-back Chris Richards, who leapt highest at a corner to send a thunderous header soaring over the bar to maintain the score level at halftime. The Magpies started the second half the livelier of the two teams and could have taken the lead through Wilson, who sent his free header straight at Guaita. With the game seeming to be a draw, Howe resorted to his last-minute matchwinner against Fulham, record signing Alexander Isak, who almost immediately returned his manager’s confidence by getting on the end of Kieran Trippier’s cross and headed straight at Guaita.