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Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Newcastle players
Keeper Karl Darlow is mobbed by his Newcastle team-mates after saving Yohan Cabaye's penalty

Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone as Andros Townsend's strike and Yohan Cabaye's penalty miss helped them to victory over Crystal Palace.

With Norwich losing at Arsenal and Sunderland drawing at Stoke, they moved into 17th - a point above the Black Cats and two clear of the Canaries.

Townsend gave Newcastle the lead after the break with a magnificent 20-yard free-kick.

Karl Darlow then came to the rescue when he saved Cabaye's poor penalty.

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A new hope

Andros Townsend (left) and Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benitez embraces goalscorer Townsend - the Magpies are unbeaten in the last four under the Spaniard's stewardship

They had been written off by pundits and even some of their fans had stopped believing but, on a sunny spring day at St James' Park, Newcastle provided another twist in this fascinating Premier League season.

Until the second half it had been an error-ridden display by the Magpies, whose midfield were overrun by their Palace counterparts.

However, as they have in recent matches, Newcastle improved tenfold after the break and it was their January signing Townsend who caused the ground to erupt in the 58th minute when he cracked home a stunning free-kick from the right.

It was his fourth in 11 games for his new team - more than the three in 50 he managed for Tottenham.

Third-choice keeper saves the day

Karl Darlow saves Yohan Cabaye's penalty
Yohan Cabaye had scored his previous four penalties in the Premier League

As if matters on the pitch have not been bad enough, Newcastle have also been very unlucky with injuries to their goalkeepers this campaign.

Both Tim Krul, in October, and then Rob Elliot, in March, were ruled out for the season which handed 25-year-old Darlow a chance in between the sticks.

Like team-mate and another former Forest player, Jamaal Lascelles, he has grasped the opportunity and understood the perilous situation like a seasoned professional.

Against Palace, he pulled off arguably the most important save of his career when he dived to his left to block ex-Magpie Cabaye's 70th-minute spot-kick after Moussa Sissoko was penalised for handball.

He also looked assured in the final moments as Palace flung in balls in a desperate attempt to get something from this encounter.

Palace in no-man's land

Palace are highly unlikely to go down, but Alan Pardew's side are making hard work of reaching that 40-point mark.

They were largely untroubled in the first half, but their insistence on slowing the tempo not only riled the home fans but also meant they under-utilised the pace they possessed in attack, which is their key weapon.

The FA Cup finalists have another big Wembley day out to look forward to in May, but as a top-flight side?

Man of the match - Karl Darlow

Karl Darlow
The ex-Aston Villa youth player was brilliant on crosses under threat from the aerial presence of Scott Dann and Damien Delaney - and he also provided one of the moments of the match to deny Cabaye

Manager reaction

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez:

Newcastle must keep momentum - Rafael Benitez

"We still have to play another two games. We will enjoy this weekend because we won and then we will focus on the next one against Aston Villa, which will be a tough one.

"The victory means a lot - it gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans.

"Hopefully it will be the same against Tottenham when we can avoid relegation and everyone will be happy.

"The free-kick was fantastic and the penalty save. I was really pleased for them. Hopefully Karl does not need to save any more until the end of the season."

Palace boss Alan Pardew:

Cabaye penalty miss was unusual - Pardew

"For long periods we looked in control of the game, especially in the first half.

"They had a good spell in the second half. The crowd got involved and they scored right at the end of that period. We needed to score and we didn't. The game came down to two set-plays and that is the margin we are at.

"This was a tight game. Rafa has improved Newcastle in terms of the defensive structure. It is difficult to get at them and they have edged a win here.

"I thought the reception I got was muted, which was nice. A lot of people understand that I managed here to the best of my ability and we had some good times that I lean on."

The stats you need to know

  • Newcastle have gone four games unbeaten in the Premier League for the first time since October-November 2014.
  • The Eagles haven't won a Premier League away game since 19 December 2015 - they have picked up just five points in 10 road trips since.
  • Six of Townsend's nine Premier League goals have been scored from outside the box.
  • Palace have conceded in each of their past nine Premier League games on the road.
  • Cabaye had scored his previous four penalties in the Premier League before today's miss v Newcastle.

What's next?

Newcastle are at relegated Aston Villa next Saturday and Palace have a home game against Stoke.

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forShelveyat 88'minutes
  • 18MbembaBooked at 7mins
  • 15Lascelles
  • 3Dummett
  • 24Tioté
  • 4ColbackBooked at 66mins
  • 25Townsend
  • 7Sissoko
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forPérezat 80'minutes
  • 9CisséSubstituted forMitrovicat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10de Jong
  • 12Shelvey
  • 17Pérez
  • 27Taylor
  • 41Woodman
  • 43Mbabu
  • 45Mitrovic

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 23Souaré
  • 15Jedinak
  • 7Cabaye
  • 42PuncheonSubstituted forGayleat 73'minutes
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forSakoat 61'minutes
  • 10Bolasie
  • 21WickhamSubstituted forAdebayorat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mariappa
  • 12McCarthy
  • 16Gayle
  • 25Adebayor
  • 26Sako
  • 28Ledley
  • 34Kelly
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
52,107

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Crystal Palace 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Crystal Palace 0.

  3. Post update

    Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Vurnon Anita because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Colback.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  11. Post update

    Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United).

  13. Post update

    Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic with a headed pass.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

  17. Post update

    Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Chancel Mbemba.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester352210363333076
2Tottenham351912465263969
3Arsenal361910759342567
4Man City35197966343264
5West Ham351514660431759
6Man Utd34178942301259
7Liverpool341510958451355
8Southampton351591149371254
9Stoke36139143852-1448
10Chelsea341211115346747
11Everton351014115549644
12Watford35128153642-644
13West Brom361011153246-1441
14Bournemouth36118174363-2041
15Swansea351010153449-1540
16Crystal Palace36109173646-1039
17Newcastle3689193964-2533
18Sunderland35711174058-1832
19Norwich3587203561-2631
20Aston Villa3637262772-4516
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