Scottish Daily Mail

New­cas­tle leave it late to pull off Palace coup

- KIERAN GILL Sports · Newcastle United Football Club · Selhurst Park · Joelinton · Steve Bruce · Crystal Palace F.C. · Ray Lewington · Wilfried Zaha · Diego Maradona · Vicente Guaita · Gary Cahill

TWO goals in the fi­nal two min­utes helped New­cas­tle plun­der three pre­cious points from a game that had been look­ing like a stale­mate all evening long. Cal­lum Wil­son and Joelin­ton were the late he­roes for the Mag­pies on a night that threat­ened to be more no­table for the du­elling dugout voices of New­cas­tle boss Steve Bruce and Crys­tal Palace as­sis­tant Ray Lew­ing­ton at a sup­port­er­less Sel­hurst Park. With the hosts miss­ing the self-iso­lat­ing Wil­fried Zaha and the vis­i­tors de­prived of Al­lan Saint-Max­imin due to in­jury, there was lit­tle magic as both sides strug­gled to find the break­through which would have thrusted them away from the dreaded dan­ger zone. There was a minute’s ap­plause to ap­pre­ci­ate Diego Maradona be­fore kick-off and the play­ers also wore black arm­bands. But it took all of 89 min­utes for the dead­lock to be bro­ken. Up stepped Wil­son to spark the late dra­mat­ics with a neat fin­ish un­der Vi­cente Guaita, with Joelin­ton pro­vid­ing the ic­ing with a shot that took a healthy de­flec­tion off Gary Cahill.

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