Match report and free match highlights Gary Cahill scores his first goal since June 2018 to secure back-to-back wins for Crystal Palace against Newcastle at St James’ Park; Jairo Riedewald cancels out Jonjo Shelvey opener
Tuesday 2 February 2021 22:33, UK
Crystal Palace made it successive Premier League victories for the first time since September as Gary Cahill’s header secured a 2-1 comeback win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Steve Bruce’s side made the perfect start as Jonjo Shelvey struck inside 70 seconds but Jairo Riedewald’s rifled strike restored parity (21).
Palace completed the turnaround four minutes later as Cahill rose to flick home Ebere Eze’s free-kick for his 50th career goal for club and country – and Newcastle were unable to find an equaliser during an uneventful second period.
The result moves Palace back up to 13th in the Premier League following Wolves’ earlier win over Arsenal, while Newcastle slip to 16th – below Burnley on goal difference.
Palace fight back to storm St James’ Park
Following morale-boosting victories at the weekend over Everton and Wolves respectively, the shackles were visibly off these two teams on a wet and windy Tyneside. Bruce had spoken about seeking a repeat performance to that witnessed by his team at Goodison Park, and within two minutes the hosts were in front.
Miguel Almiron escaped Scott Dann down the left and after his cross was knocked back by Callum Wilson, Shelvey kept his composure to drill his first-time shot into the bottom corner for his first goal since July. It extended Palace’s poor record of only one clean sheet in 15 away games.
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Jeff Hendrick went close to a quickfire second for Newcastle as the former Burnley midfielder ran on to another Wilson flick to hook his effort just wide. The past four meetings at St James’ Park had all ended 1-0, with Newcastle winning three times and Palace once, but there would be no repeat this time as the Eagles belatedly joined the party.
Jordan Ayew had already gone close to converting a Patrick van Aanholt cross when he was involved in the visitors’ equaliser. It was the same combination as Van Aanholt’s cutback sought the forward six yards out, but the ball deflected out to Riedewald to thrash emphatically past Karl Darlow.
Newcastle: Darlow (6), Manquillo (6), Clark (6), Schar (6), Lewis (6), Hendrick (6), Hayden (6), Shelvey (7), Almiron (7), Wilson (7), Fraser (7).
Subs: Saint-Maximin (6), Gayle (n/a), Carroll (n/a).
Crystal Palace: Guaita (7), Clyne (7), Cahill (8), Dann (8), van Aanholt (7), Riedewald (7), Milivojevic (7), Ayew (7), Eze (7), Zaha (6), Batshuayi (6).
Subs: Townsend (6), Benteke (6), Kouyate (n/a).
Man of the match: Scott Dann.
Newcastle were rocked by the setback and conceded a second goal four minutes later. Jamal Lewis was late on Ayew, and from Eze’s resulting free-kick, Cahill got in front of Wilson to glance in his first goal since scoring for England against Nigeria in June 2018.
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Palace were denied a third when Nathaniel Clyne’s cross was touched on by Michy Batshuayi for Wilfried Zaha to convert from a tight angle but the assistant referee’s flag spared Newcastle with the Belgium striker in an offside position.
Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce made one enforced change for his side’s clash with Crystal Palace as he looked for back-to-back victories. Skipper Jamaal Lascelles, who limped off during Saturday’s 2-0 win a Everton with a hamstring problem, was replaced by Ciaran Clark and Ryan Fraser retained his place after fighting off a bout of illness.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson made two changes to the side which beat Wolves 1-0 at the weekend, drafting in Gary Cahill and Jairo Riedewald for Cheikhou Kouyate, who was named among the substitutes, and the injured James McCarthy.
The first-half entertainment did not end there, as Vicente Guaita was forced into action to keep out Ryan Fraser’s shot from a superb Wilson pass. Almiron’s free-kick was then deflected just over before Fabian Schar’s header from the ensuing corner was a whisker wide of the far post.
Allan Saint-Maximin had been given a thorough warm-up during the interval as Bruce looked to reinforcements, but Palace suffered a blow within 10 minutes of the restart as Zaha was forced off with a hamstring injury following a challenge with Javier Manquillo.
It checked Palace’s momentum, and Bruce immediately introduced Saint-Maximin as he sensed an opportunity. The Frenchman’s first involvement was to dribble free and set Wilson on his way but Clyne made a vital recovery challenge.
Newcastle looked to build up a head of steam with Schar and Shelvey both firing over from distance late on before a glaring miss from Andros Townsend at the far post from Riedewald’s cross kept the contest alive.
But Palace easily absorbed the final onslaught to record back-to-back league wins for the first time since the opening two games of the season.
Newcastle host Southampton on Saturday at 3pm while Crystal Palace visit Leeds on Monday Night Football. Coverage starts at 7pm with kick-off at 8pm on Sky Sports Premier League.
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