Cup final, what Cup final?
Sunderland boss Sam Alllardyce had claimed Palace would be easy meat after “a week on the pop” following their FA cup semi-final win over Watford.
Even Rafa Benitez agreed they would have next month’s date with destiny at Wembley on their minds.
Well, if they did, the visitors made a good fist of hiding it with an energetic, committed performance which caused Newcastle all sort of problems.
They might have lost but this was no Palace rollover.
Cabaye still pulls the strings
Newcastle have never been the same since cashing in on Yohan Cabaye and selling him to Paris St Germain in January 2014.
It didn’t work out for the midfielder back home in France but he’s been a major player for Palace since his return to the Premier League.
And today, he showed his former club what they are missing with an authoritative, composed display in the middle of the park.
He was less influential in the second half with Newcastle finally getting in Cabaye’s face but despite booing him, it’s a fair bet most Toon fans would love to have him back.