Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace

30 Apr

Newcastle United moved out of the bottom three as Andros Townsend scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Match Reports: Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal PalaceMatch Reports: Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace

The Magpies made one change to the side who drew 2-2 at Liverpool last time out, with Georginio Wijnaldum in for Ajoze Perez, while the Eagles were able to welcome midfielder James McArthur back after injury.

Twelve minutes in Jamaal Lascelles came to the rescue of the home side, as he got back in the nick of time to deny Connor Wickham.

Soon after, Andros Townsend seemed poised to strike for the hosts, but he was kept out by a combination of Wayne Hennessey and Scott Dann.

With 26 minutes on the clock, Karl Darlow made a solid block at his near post to deny former Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye and five minutes later Yannick Bolasie smacked a 30-yarder wide of an upright.

Nine minutes before the interval a long-range effort from Chancel Mbemba forced Hennessey into a low save and soon afterwards Moussa Sissoko was unable to hit the target from a Paul Dummett cross.

Bolasie stung the palms of Darlow with a thunderous volley from 25 yards out, before Jack Colback curled a left-footer wide from 15 yards out, when he should have done better.

Five minutes after the restart Papiss Cisse made space for himself, but saw his shot deflected away by a packed Palace backline and Wijnaldum was then denied as his effort was also blocked.

Hennessey then had to field a Townsend drive from distance, before the January recruit from Spurs winger made the breakthrough in spectacular fashion.

A free-kick from 25 yards out on the right was curled home left-footed by Townsend, who left Eagles keeper Hennessey grasping at thin air.

Twenty minutes from time the hosts looked like being pegged back, as Sissoko was penalised fir handball, but the resulting penalty from Cabaye was superbly kept out by Darlow, diving away to his left.

Sub Perez flicked a shot over after good work just inside the Palace area, before the hosts saw out five minutes of added time to secure a crucial victory.


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