Crystal Palace 0-3 Newcastle: Magpies take down struggling Eagles

Crystal Palace 0-3 Newcastle: Magpies take down struggling Eagles

Newcastle United cruised to a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring for the Magpies, with a Danny Gabbidon own-goal seemingly securing the points. There was enough time late on, though, for Hatem Ben Arfa to add a third from the spot.

Alan Pardew's side produced an excellent performance to make it six wins from its last seven league encounters and cemented the team's place in the Premier League top six.


By Alex Young

Newcastle controlled the game for the majority, with Yohan Cabaye the star attraction after returning from suspension by rolling the ball home for the opener and dictating a strong midfield performance throughout.

Palace will be disheartened after reacting well to going behind, only to be hit by Danny Gabbidon's own goal - from which its confidence never really returned.

The Magpies now move to within three points of fourth place, with the team seemingly brimming with guile as their march towards a previously unlikely European spot continues.

Palace, which remains in the bottom three, welcomed defender Dean Moxey back into the starting XI following his recovery from a hamstring injury, while midfielder Cabaye returned for Newcastle after missing last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Southampton through suspension.

The Magpies dictated possession, and missed a great chance to take the lead just before the 20-minute mark as Mathieu Debuchy headed wide from a Cabaye corner.

The visitors' pressure paid off five minutes later, however, when Cabaye met Moussa Sissoko's low cross with an effort that deflected past a stricken Julian Speroni.

Palace responded well and twice came close to leveling on the half hour, Krul - making his 100th appearance in the Premier League - denying Cameron Jerome from close range before Vurnon Anita cleared off the line from the resulting corner.

But Tony Pulis' men failed to capitalize on that period of sustained pressure and were duly punished in the closing stages of the first half as Gabbidon inexplicably turned Debuchy's cross into his own net under no pressure from any Newcastle players.

The hosts made two changes at the interval in the hope of mustering a goal back, Jonathan Parr and Yannick Bolasie replacing Moxey and Bannan.

Palace did press with renewed energy in the opening exchanges of the second half. However, it was Newcastle which almost extended the lead, Cabaye's swerving free kick forcing a strong save from Speroni.

Play then gradually became more stretched as Palace attempted to haul its way back into the contest. The home side's profligacy, however, continued to be its downfall as Marouane Chamakh and Jerome both spurned clear chances, while Cabaye nearly scored his second at the other end.

Yoan Gouffran crashed an effort against the bar as Newcastle pushed for a third, which eventually came four minutes from time when Ben Arfa converted from the spot following Parr's foul on Shola Ameobi.