Allan Saint-Maximin and Michael Olise tussle for the ball
Allan Saint-Maximin and Michael Olise tussle for the ball

A sensational Callum Wilson goal earned Newcastle and their caretaker boss Graeme Jones a precious point away to Crystal Palace.

It was the Magpies' first outing since the midweek departure of Steve Bruce and they were made to work hard by their hosts, who enjoyed a whopping 75% of possession.

Palace were unlucky not to take the lead early on when Christian Benteke nodded a Michael Olise cross against the post.

But the Belgian did give the hosts the lead at the start of the second half, getting on the end of Tyrick Mitchell's deep delivery to plant a powerful header past Karl Darlow.

Newcastle, however, drew the scores level via a terrific acrobatic effort from Wilson after the Eagles failed to clear their lines properly from a corner.

Palace thought they had regained the advantage in the dying minutes through Benteke again but his strike was ruled out by VAR for a foul.

It is the home side's sixth draw of the season, leaving them 15th in the table while Newcastle are still without a win this season and remain in the bottom three.

After the draw, Newcastle boss Jones said: "It's a base for us to start. I want us to be better on the ball but that doesn't happen overnight.

Crystal Palace dominated proceedings at Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace dominated proceedings at Selhurst Park

"We've concentrated on trying to shore up and not concede as many goals and I think that worked today.

"We have to improve. We have to be better but I have to give the lads credit. Mentally, physically and tactically we were excellent, especially in the defensive aspect of the game.

"There's lots of work to do but it's somewhere to start."

Did you know?

Crystal Palace have gone unbeaten in their opening five home league matches of a season for the first time since 1996-97.

Newcastle have now gone nine Premier League games without a win, after winning five of the eight before that.

Crystal Palace are the 10th side in Premier League history to draw six of their first nine games of a season.

Since his Premier League debut in September 2012, Crystal Palace striker Benteke has scored 33 headed goals in the competition, more than any other player in that time.

Newcastle striker Wilson has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his 21 games in the competition before that.


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