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United’s late late show

- By LEE RY­DER Chief New­cas­tle writer lee.ry­der@reach­ @lee_ry­der Sports · Soccer · Crystal Palace F.C. · The Crystal Palace · Selhurst Park · Newcastle United Football Club · Gary Cahill · Nottingham Forest F.C. · Nottingham · Northern Ireland · Ireland · Sean Longstaff · Notts County F.C. · Matt Ritchie · A.F.C. Bournemouth · Bournemouth · Joelinton · Jamal Lewis · Andros Townsend · Patrick van Aanholt · Jordan Ayew · Christian Benteke · Javier Manquillo · Vicente Guaita

Wil­son and Joelin­ton strike at Palace:

CAL­LUM Wil­son and Joelin­ton are the toast of Ty­ne­side to­day af­ter de­liv­er­ing the knock­out blows that floored Crys­tal Palace at Sel­hurst Park.

The Mag­pies went into last night’s game un­der pres­sure but showed unity and to­geth­er­ness to record an im­pres­sive win in the end to climb into the top 10 for the evening.

At times they rode their luck and Palace will feel hard done by but New­cas­tle took their chances at the end and can be pleased with an­other away win.

Hav­ing gone into the game on the back of two de­feats in a row and un­der fire for play­ing too de­fen­sively, here New­cas­tle cre­ated the bet­ter chances and waited un­til the death to take them.

United started with a 4-4-2 for­ma­tion and within three min­utes had found a way into the box when

Joelin­ton found Wil­son be­fore Gary Cahill swept the ball clear.

The Brazil­ian then tried his luck six min­utes later with a left-footed shot only for the ball to end up in the stand with Palace un­trou­bled by the ef­fort.

Wil­son broke free down the right on 18 min­utes and tried to pick out Joelin­ton but Palace cleared by a whisker and when Miguel Alm­iron played the ball back in the South Amer­i­can headed wide.

Two min­utes later Joelin­ton steered a shot on tar­get as New­cas­tle con­tin­ued to press early in the game.

De­spite en­joy­ing 62% pos­ses­sion in the open­ing quar­ter, United didn’t make the most of their chances and Palace then tested Karl Dar­low for the first time.

On 25 min­utes, the ex-Not­ting­ham For­est keeper pushed away Eberechi Eze’s pow­er­ful ef­fort to keep the scores level.

Jef­fery Schlupp then cashed in as New­cas­tle lost the ball in the mid­dle but his ef­fort was saved by Dar­low low down with half-an-hour gone.

New­cas­tle re­gained their com­po­sure but did not threaten a shot again un­til four min­utes be­fore the break when North­ern Ire­land de­fender Ja­mal Lewis fired straight at the goalie.

The sides went in level at the break with United’s lack of con­vic­tion cost­ing them dear.

Palace opened the sec­ond pe­riod with a header over the bar from An­dros Townsend’s corner as United sur­vived a slight scare.

Joelin­ton won a dan­ger­ous free-kick around 20-yards from goal on 56 min­utes but Shelvey could only strike it into the wall.

Mo­ments later, Alm­iron tried to play in Joelin­ton but he fluffed his lines and the chance passed him by as he failed to get a shot away.

The Mag­pies sur­vived a wor­ry­ing mo­ment when Sean Longstaff was ad­judged to have fouled Eke to present Pa­trick Van Aan­holt a free-kick but, like Shelvey, he could only hit the wall.

There were sighs of re­lief from the bench with Longstaff also booked for his trou­ble.

Palace made changes mid­way through the sec­ond half with Townsend de­part­ing the field for exA­jax man Jaïro Riede­wald and Jor­dan Ayew go­ing off for Chris­tian Ben­teke.

The Mag­pies swapped Matt Ritchie for Alm­iron soon af­ter. In be­tween the raft of sub­sti­tu­tions, Javier Man­quillo’s cross was headed wide by Wil­son at the far post.

United won a free-kick just out­side the box af­ter an­other good run from Sean Longstaff, with the mid­fielder up­ended just as he was about to shoot.

How­ever, af­ter Lewis had teed up Ritchie he could only fire the ball straight at Vi­cente Guaita.

Dar­low was called into an­other save when he kept out Ben­teke with 10 min­utes left af­ter Van Aan­holt’s cross.

The cru­cial mo­ment the Mag­pies were pray­ing for ar­rived when Joelin­ton slipped in Wil­son down the right­hand side be­fore the ex-Bournemout­h man fired through the keeper’s legs with a minute left of reg­u­la­tion time.

With Palace shell­shocked Wil­son then re­turned the favour with Joelin­ton twist­ing and turn­ing in the box be­fore his shot rattled off Cahill’s legs to beat the keeper.

It would be harsh if Joelin­ton wasn’t awarded the goal given his over­all per­for­mance mer­ited the strike.

Shelvey could have made it three late on when his free-kick was tipped away by Guaita but the points were in the pocket by then.

New­cas­tle take a 2-0 win in the cap­i­tal and you’ve got to re­spect them af­ter see­ing their way through a tough night.

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 ??  ?? Joelin­ton af­ter mak­ing cer­tain of the three points
Joelin­ton af­ter mak­ing cer­tain of the three points

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