Crystal Palace travel to Burnley on Sunday with Frank de Boer keen to pick up his first points since taking over at Selhurst Park, however he will have to do it without Connor Wickham, Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho, according to the club's official website.
De Boer appeared to want to ruffle the inexperienced Pope and, as his side grew increasingly desperate for an equaliser, they became less precious about the possession-based approach that their manager intends to foster. "That is all I can do", the former Dutch global said. "I'm convinced that if we do what we can do, I'll be here a very long time". I know that Joel Ward is not an ideal wing-back but the board and all the other people at Crystal Palace knew.
"I just focus on what I can control and my staff, the players and keep thinking about Southampton from today". Sitting at the bottom of the table with a woeful 0 points, Palace are desperate for a result.
"Normally you have ten games and we are at seven or eight including pre-season and the Carabao Cup", he said. Scott Dann controlled Jason Puncheon's corner on his chest and fired a half-volley goalwards which Matt Lowton cleared off the line, before Christian Benteke sent a header from an Andros Townsend cross just wide.
The club are reportedly interested in trying to coax Allardyce out of retirement, while Roy Hodgson has also been mentioned as a potential replacement for De Boer. The England goalkeeper has a suspected dislocated shoulder.
Christian Benteke then headed just wide from a cross from the risky Andros Townsend before James McArthur nodded another effort past a post from a sixth corner inside the opening 23 minutes.
Newcastle assistant manager Francisco de Miguel Moreno said: "Rafa wanted to come and wanted to do everything he could to attend but the weather conditions were not the best". If so, the newly-hired sporting director, Dougie Freedman, would step in while they looked for an 11th permanent manager since 2010.
Meanwhile, the Eagles have endured a poor start under new manager Frank De Boer. If it is that, it's obviously not weeks, it's months, so we will have to wait and see. "I think it was quite dynamic".
While Cork will add little to his new side going forward, his ability to organise those around him and continually communicate with teammates will add further resistance to Sean Dyche's already well oiled defensive setup.
"The shape was more familiar", Dyche said.