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August 30, 2014
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 49226
D. Janmaat 37'
R. Aarons 73'
M. Williamson 88'
D. Gayle 1'
J. Puncheon 48'
W. Zaha 90'+
Thank you for joining me, Alex Stewart, for this afternoon's humdinger which finished Newcastle United 3-3 Crystal Palace. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you soon!
The big stories will be, of course, the debut of Rolando Aarons and the return of Wilfred Zaha, but mentions should go to Coloccini, who defended and passed well for the home side, and Puncheon and Bolasie, who carried a threat and worked very hard all afternoon for the visitors.
Both sides will feel they could have won this. Newcastle were porous at the back and failed to capitalise on their consistent possession and set-pieces, but Aarons did brilliantly on his introduction. Palace defended resolutely and countered well, but couldn't defend a lead.
But Eagles hero Wilfred Zaha equalised in the fifth minute of stoppage time with a well-taken goal after Scott Dann had found him in space with a knock-down.
Newcastle substitute and debutant Rolando Aarons then appeared to have changed the course of the game in the home side's favour, scoring a header after a flicked-on corner and then sending a delicious shot onto the post, which Williamson smashed home for his first goal for the Magpies.
So there we are. Newcastle United 3-3 Crystal Palace. What a match. Palace opened furiously, Gayle lashing home after thirty seconds. Janmaat equalised but the Eagles began the second half as well as the first through a Puncheon goal.
90' + 7'
Yellow Card Rolando Aarons
90' + 7'
And that's it! 3-3 and can we all go and lie down now, thank you?
90' + 6'
Palace come again! This game has been quite glorious. Aarons is booked after a battle with Jedinak as a Newcastle counter breaks down. Is that their final chance?
90' + 5'
Assist Scott Dann
90' + 5'
Goal Wilfried Zaha
ZAHA! He's back! Jedinak lofts in the free-kick and it's knocked down by a yellow shirt to Zaha who is in a lot of space and slots a very well-taken finish low and to the right of Krul.
90' + 3'
It's end-to-end now. Both sides have plenty of pace on the counter and it's pretty edgy for fans of either side. Palace win a free-kick in the centre of the park.
90' + 2'
Cabella looks for Riviere who holds it up well. The attack falters though and Palace surge back with Zaha and Puncheon. Anita does well to hold Zaha up though.
90' + 1'
Jedinak fouls Aarons but Newcastle cannot make anything of the set-piece. Palace have the ball and stroke it around before hitting it long to Murray. Zaha loses out though, and the home side can build.
Newcastle are buoyant now and have SEVEN minutes of extra time to find another goal. This game has been marvellously exciting.
Yellow Card Glenn Murray
Goal Mike Williamson
WILLIAMSON! HIS FIRST GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE UNITED! Oh what a story! Aarons curls another beautiful chipped shot which leaves Speroni leaden-footed. It hits the post and Williamson is there to bundle home. Aarons looks very, very good.
Ayoze Perez slides a deft pass through to Rivere. The clearance falls to Aarons, who sets up Haidara for a cross. Palace clear and Murray concedes another free-kick lunging in at Haidara.
Neither side seem content with a point, which you can well understand. Sissoko gifts possession back to Palace with an overly ambitious pass but the away attack breaks down as Krul is fouled by Murray.
AARONS! That was a cheeky effort from the sub, who curls one in from very deep after a lovely step-over. Speroni was concrete in the face of that shot, but luckily for Palace, it just drifts wide.
Bolasie ambles off and Murray comes on as the away side look to push for the last eight or so minutes. Palace don't look satisfied with a point and, in fairness, nor should they be.
Anita sends in a cross towards Ayoze Perez who goes down under the slightly clinging challenge of Dann. There's no real penalty shout though. The ball goes straight down the other end but Palace can't fashion a chance.
ZAHA! Puncheon sends the young striker through and Krul saves a low, drilled shot well with his feet. The rebound is pulled wide.
Siem de Jong
The subs combine, Anita crossing for Aarons, who rises well against the big centre-backs of Palace but can only head wide.
A breather as Janmaat receives treatment. The Dutchman can't continue and is replaced by another, Vernon Anita. Ayoze Perez has also come on for de Jong, who has not contributed as much as might have been hoped on his home debut.
Sissoko and Cabella play a one-two and the ball breaks to Rivere, who plays it to de Jong. The Dutchman conceds a foul and Zaha breaks, but the ball goes out of play. This is frantic.
Palace have a Campbell goal ruled out for offside and Newcastle come again. Cabella drags a shot wide after a neat lob in from Haidara. That Aarons goal has shaken the game up even more, if that were possible.
Goal Rolando Aarons
AARONS! What an introduction! Finally a set-piece pays off and after a flick into the middle of the six-yard box, Aarons sends a lovely looping header into the top left of Speroni's goal. It's 2-2!
ZAHA! He forces a great low block from Krul after a bursting run. It's fair to say that Palace look more dangerous in attack at the moment, for all Newcastle's possession.
The ball comes to Zaha in the box after a cross from Puncheon but he is surrounded by black and white shirts.
Zaha is on and will provide pace and a counter-attacking threat for the away team. Palace just need to defend and then hit on the break. Newcastle have a lot to do and only twenty minutes in which to do it.
Gayle is getting treatment and Zaha is ready to come on.
Aarons' first cross is good, but it's headed clear. Gayle is hobbling after a naughty challenge from Coloccini and Palace may be about to lose another striker to injury.
Aarons is very highly regarded on Tyneside and will provide a stern test for Marippa who has already been booked.
Lovely skill from Riviere after a ball from Haidara, but it's well defended. De Jong then lofts a back-heel into the path of the Frenchman, but that is cleared too. And Newcastle are bringing on exciting prospect Aarons, a quick and direct winger. Gouffran, who has been pretty dire, is going off.
Dann does well to block a cute through ball from Colback towards Cabella. Gayle wins a free-kick to relieve some of the pressure on Palace.
SPERONI! The Palace keeper does very well to hurl himself at the feet of Gouffran as the Magpies' midfielder finds space in the box. That was a good block.
Puncheon bends a lovely ball in towards the rapid Gayle, but Krul comes out quickly to meet it. Palace are looking dangerous on the break.
Riviere and Jedinak fall over each other in the Palace box and St. James' Park roars for a penalty. It wasn't one, though, and it wasn't given.
Ward and Sissoko tussle in the far corner, both showing tenacity and strength. The ball finds Haidara who squeezes in a cross, but Palace clear.
Riviere has held the ball up well but another home attack breaks down at the final moment. The Eagles do well to keep the ball for a minute but then hand the initiative back to the Magpies.
KELLY! A great, low shot from the full-back is well saved by Krul after a neat dummy run from Gayle.
Coloccini welcomes Campbell to the game, conceding a free kick, which is horribly wasted. Palace need to ensure that they keep possession on the rare occasions that they have it.
Newcastle burst forward. Janmaat unleashes Cabella who sends a deep cross towards the far post. It's well defended and the ensuing corner ends up, like most of the preceding ones, in the hands of Speroni.
Cabella and Riviere exhange passes but the home attack breaks down with Gouffran, who has not impressed so far. Newcastle come again but Sissoko's cross is poor and Palace win the ball back.
Fraizer Campbell, formerly of Sunderland, will replace the Moroccan. He is probably more of a goal threat too, though less creative.
Ward surges forward as Palace attack again. Chamakh tumbles off the ball and looks to have pulled his hamstring. He is coming off, which is a blow to the away side.
Assist Y. Bolasie
Goal Jason Puncheon
JASON PUNCHEON! Crystal Palace start the second half with a bang again! Puncheon gets the ball as it bobbles around, controls it and sweeps a lovely low shot past Krul. The home side were guilty of not closing down there.
Newcastle United kick off and predictably play it back. Coloccini strides forwards and the Magipes play it around neatly before Cabella drives a shot wide.
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So, 1-1 at half time is probably a fair representation of the ebb and flow of the game, though the Magpies will be disappointed that they've not managed to generate more from a panoply of chances.
For Crystal Palace, Dwight Gayle has run relentlessly, and Ward and Jedinak have screened and harried effectively. As usual, the threat has come from Bolasie and Puncheon, with Chamakh also drifting well in the channels.
For all their time on the ball and a host of attacking set-pieces, the home side have struggled to create clear-cut chances. Haidara has posed a threat all afternoon on the left and Coloccini has played excellently.
What a start from the Eagles! Gayle scored after less than a minute, but Newcastle clawed one back from Janmaat on 37 minutes. It's been bitty at times and Palace have defended physically and from the front, conceding 14 fouls and gaining two yellow cards.
45' + 2'
It's half time here at St. James' Park and Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are locked at 1-1.
45' + 1'
Newcastle give it straight back though and Puncheon looks for Mariappa on the overlap, but he is offside. Krul should take his time here. And he does.
Jedinak wins it off Riviere and Palace have what will probably be their last go before half-time. They keep the ball well until it's lofted forward.
Yellow Card Marouane Chamakh
Colback smashes it high over the Palace goal after more Newcastle pressure. There will be three minutes of extra time at the end of the half.
Mariappa challenges Haidara again and needs to be a bit cute to avoid getting a second yellow before the half is up. The French full-back has been direct and contributed to a lot of the home team's chances.
Yellow Card Adrian Mariappa
Haidara is fouled by Mariappa and after the recent silliness, it's no surprise to see the big Palace defender booked. The Magpies can sniff a second before half-time.
Coloccini and Ward get into some chest-out squaring-up nonsense and the referee sensibly calms things down. Ward started it by wafting an arm in the Argentine's general direction.
Assist Emmanuel Riviere
Goal Daryl Janmaat
JANMAAT EQUALISES FOR NEWCASTLE! Cabella is forced inside by Kelly and Janmaat is teed up by Riviere. His shot is almost scuffed and Speroni, anticipating something harder, dives over it. Newcastle have been knocking, as they say, and it's 1-1 here at St. James' Park.
Dwight Gayle, goal-scoring hero, is also lung-bursting first line of defence. He harries Coloccini and Newcastle have to pump it long. Palace come back at them but Bolasie's cross is tame and Krul gathers at chest height.
Newcastle counter at real pace after a two minute period of Palace pressure. Sissoko is set-up by de Jong but fires it hard and low. And wide.
Palace win a corner of their own after Mariappa sends in a cross. That was a nice move, Chamakh feeding Bolasie, who then dinked the ball wide. The corner is cleared but the away side get another go.
Cabella's free-kick is headed out. Haidara tees himself up from around thrity-five yards out and the result is predictable.
Haidara is fouled by Puncheon who must be flirting with a yellow card by now.
The pattern of the game so far is that Newcastle have had most of the possession and fashioned a huge number of chances, but Speroni has stalked his area well and Palace are keeping the home team at bay and protecting their lead with controlled aggression and no little skill.
Colback is fouled by Gayle and the Palace man gets a firm finger-waving from the referee.
Speroni claims well under pressure on his six-yard box line. The Magpies' inability to make use of all of these corners and free-kicks is starting to frustrate the St. James' faithful.
Coloccini is sending some good passes forwards but Newcastle lack precision in control. Sissoko manages to flash a shot away and it loops behind for about the hundreth corner so far.
Speroni gathers from Colback's set-piece and hoofs it up towards Gayle and Chamakh.
Some nice skill from Puncheon, who had been stood up by Haidara but ghosted the ball away from him. Newcastle manage to get the ball forwards though, and win yet another corner.
Alan Pardew looks intensely grumpy. As well he might be. For all their possession, the home team are struggling to get in behind the rugged and big Palace side and have failed to capitalise on a string of set-pieces.
Sissoko bursts forward with Kelly out of position, but the majestically hard-working Jedinak covers the ground and clears. The ball is worked wide left and Haidara sends in a long cross, but Speroni gathers with no pressure.
Gouffran looks to whip in a low cross to Riviere but it's cleared for a corner. Newcastle keep creating almost-chances, but too often the final delivery isn't quite precise enough.
Newcastle supporters rise and applaud the two fans who tragically died on MH17 on their way to watch the Magpies abroad. They are joined by Palace fans in a show of solidarity.
Kelly is having the better of his duel with the strangely coiffeured Remy Cabella. Palace clear long but some slack passing gives the ball back to the home side.
Newcastle have had the lion's share of the ball and look very comfortable with it in their half, but once in Palace's final third, they seem to hurry and miss the final pass.
Dann heads clear, and there are some feisty exchanges between Puncheon and Colback out of the left. Newcastle win a free kick but it's well cleared.
And another, as de Jong's header is deflected over.
Jedinak fouls Cabella. Colback, the ginger Pirlo, bends it in and Williamson heads back across but Palace clear. Newcastle win it back and Riviere looks to burst through. Another corner for the hosts...
Puncheon intercepts a weak pass from Gouffran. He feeds Bolasie and sets off on a run, which his fellow midfielder meets with a neatly threaded pass. Puncheon shoots over from fifteen yards out, but that was slick.
Gayle wins a foul from Coloccini as the Eagles look to hold onto the ball for a little. Since the early goal it has been all black and white.
A lovely ball from Coloccini finds a superb run through the two centre-backs from de Jong. Speroni comes out and prevents the shot. The Magpies win a corner but Palace clear.
Janmaat is also getting forward and delivers a cross which is easy for Speroni get to. He sends it forwards and Chamakh concedes a foul backing into his man. Newcastle build patiently.
It's a bit fast and loose at the moment. The hosts are looking to feed Haidara a lot but Palace, buoyed by the early goal, are pressing well.
Colback delivers but it's forced out. Coloccini sweeps it forward to Cabella but his control is poor. Speroni takes his time to restart.
Newcastle race forwards from the restart. Haidara delivers a cross and it's forced behind for a corner. Coloccini goes for the ball, Gouffran stumbles over it, but the Magpies win a free-kick out wide right.
Goal Dwight Gayle
DWIGHT GAYLE! Oh my look how wrong I was about that! Bolasie crosses and Chamakh fires in a low shot which Krul does well to push onto the left post. Gayle smashes the rebound into the corner.
And it's 1-0 to the Eagles. Warnock is the warlock.
And it's Crystal Palace in their yellow and blue change kit who kick off. They keep the ball well and....
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Warnock looks to have tried to compensate for a weak midfield by filling the defence with muscle. Jedinak will provide the cover with some assistance from Puncheon, and chaos-mage Bolasie will do mostly what he wants to. Marouane Chamakh impressed against Arsenal but Dwight Gayle still looks underpowered at this level.
No real surprises from Alan Pardew with that selection. Janmaat and Haidara are attacking full-backs, which should allow creative players de Jong and Cabella to play quite centrally. Sissoko and Colback will be deft in possession and strong in the tackle.
Palace subs: Hennessey, Hangeland, Williams, Bannan, Zaha, Campbell, Murray.
Crystal Palace (5-3-1-1): Speroni; Ward, Delaney, Dann, Mariappa, Kelly; Puncheon, Jedinak, Bolasie; Chamakh; Gayle.
Newcastle subs: Elliot, Taylor, Dummett, Anita, Aarons, Ayoze Perez, Obertan.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara; de Jong, Sissoko, Colback, Cabella; Rivere, Gouffran.
For Palace, Joe Ledley is definitely out, and there are changes galore from their last starting line-up. Here are the teams...
Before I give you the line-ups, some team news: Newcastle are without tough-tackling midfielder Cheick Tiote and French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, which is a relief for those of us who have to type fast to bring you the action. Siem de Jong is in line for his first home start for the Magpies.
I'm Alex Stewart and I'll be bringing you all the action live from St. James' Park this afternoon.
New Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock, fiery and driven, will be looking to arrest Palace's recent slide, which has seen only two points picked up from their last five EPL games after the strong run which saw former manager Tony Pulis guide the Eagles to EPL safety last season.
Newcastle have a strong recent record against the Eagles, winning their last four encounters without conceding a goal, but are in a run of poor form at home, losing four of their last five home games.
Bonjour tous le monde, et bienvenue au jeu cette apres midi de Newcastle contre Crystal Palace! It's LIVE and it's Francophone, or at least the home team is.
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