Crystal Palace batter Newcastle

James Mcarthur and Yannick Bolasie were at the double as Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Newcastle United 5-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

  • Crystal Palace 5 Newcastle United 1
  • Cisse gives Newcastle a surprise early lead
  • Palace hit back through Mcarthur, Bolasie, and Zaha
  • Bolasie and Mcarthur help themselves to seconds

Match Summary

Newcastle found themselves a goal up in the 10th minute when Papiss Cisse met Daryl Janmaat's cross for the opener, but they lost their lead through some bad luck just four minutes later when James McCarthur's shot was deflected off Paul Dummett, wrong-footing goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

The Eagles then took the lead soon afterwards when Wickham's ball across the box fell to Yannick Bolasie to smash home, and they took a two-goal lead into the halftime break after some more good running and a clever cross from Wickham set up Wilfried Zaha to volley into the ground and up into the net.

Palace picked up where they left off after the restart, and made it 4-1 early in the second half when Bolasie bagged his second, before McArthur wrapped up the victory with his second of the day in added time.

Full Report

Although Palace had been the better team in the opening stages it was Newcastle who took an early lead in the 10th minute through Papiss Cisse. Full-back Daryl Janmaat deserves the credit for drifting past Jason Puncheon on the flank and playing in a cross for the Senegalese forward to head home unchallenged.

Cisse then could have had a brace just a couple of minutes later when Sissoko picked him out, but this time Delaney was there to block, and Newcastle would soon lose their lead through some poor luck a minute later.

Palace found the equaliser when Wickham set McArthur up for a shot on the edge of the box. Dummett was there to try block the Scottish midfielder's effort, but his touch just deflected the shot, sending it one way when goalkeeper Elliot had gone the other.

Although the Magpies were unlucky for the first, they will have been kicking themselves for the second when some poor defending allowed Palace to take the lead in the 17th minute.

The Eagles pushed forward in numbers and fed Wickham as he rushed down the right flank. His ball across the box eluded the Newcastle defence and Zaha (its intended target) before falling to Bolasie at the other end to fire it in.

Palace made it 3-1 when Wickham went on an excellent, marauding run down the left flank, comprehensively beating Chancel Mbemba before looking up and looping a cross over the defence towards Zaha, who arrived in the box to volley the ball into the ground, bouncing it up and into the top corner.

Palace then made it 4-1 through via Cabaye free-kick just after the restart. The French midfielder crossed it in towards Delaney, whose header sent it back across goal for the on-rushing Bolasie to bundle in from close range.

The rest of the second half went without a goal until right at the death, when Fabricio Coloccini failed to properly clear Bolasie's ball into the box, with it falling to McArthur to smash home his second of the game from close range.