Newcastle cruised to a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park this afternoon in pouring rain, but Newcastle controlled the game form the first whistle and gave Palace very few chances to score.
Newcastle players congratulate Yohan Cabaye after first goal
Two goals in the first half from Yohan Cabaye, after Moussa Sissoko served up the pass, and then an own goal from the unlucky Gabbidon seven minutes before half time, had Newcastle comfortably ahead 2-0 at the interval.
And in the second half it was fairly plain sailing for a well-disciplined and hard-working Newcastle side this afternoon in London, although Palace did raise their game, but missed the one or two chances they did create.
And then four minutes from time, big Shola Ameobi was brought down in the box, and it was Ben Arfa who smashed the ball home for his third goal of the season.
Newcastle began the game in their lucky Brazilian strips (let’s wear these strips more regularly), and started to pass the ball around nicely and the rain came pouring down at Selhust Park.
After 25 minutes Newcastle went ahead, and it was excellent play by Sissoko down the right wing, as he beat his man nicely and then squared the ball back to Yohan Cabaye who slotted the ball home – and it was not unlike the goal at Manchester United.
Newcastle had a lucky escape after 30 minutes, and it was some bad defending that allowed a shot in on goal which Krul managed to push around the post, and from the corner Anita kicked off the line as Krul failed to reach the corner.
A good effort by Cabaye just before half time went unrewarded, as he managed to get through on the right wing via the bye line – but hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper – and it probably would have been best to cut the ball back.
After 39 minutes Newcastle went 2-0 up as an excellent cross from Mathieu Debuchy from the right wing was turned into his own goal by Danny Gabbidon.
Newcastle were 2-0 up at the break and had controlled the game fairly well, although there were few clear-cut chances for either side in the first half.
Newcastle continued to control the game in the second half, but after 64 minutes Cheick Tiote picked up a caution and that was his 5th yellow card of the season and he misses the home game against Stoke on Boxing Day.
After 75 minutes Shola Ameobi came on for Loic Remy, who had played well for Newcastle, but hadn’t had much of a sniff of goal.
But after 78 minutes Yohan Cabaye was straight though on the goalkeeper but Speroni saved it – Yohan really should have scored there.
A couple of minutes later Hatem Ben Arfa came on for Yohan Cabaye, who had a classy game today.
And almost immediately Ben Arfa beat a couple of players in the box and got it to Gouffran whose shot hit the bar.
And after 86 Shola Ameobi was brought down in the penalty spot and it was a penalty, and Ben Arfa grabbed the ball and smashed the ball home with his left foot to make it 3-0 and a wonderful 5th win on the road for Newcastle this season.
So it’s another clean sheet for the Magpies and out biggest league win since the 3-0 home in over Wigan just over a year ago, and our 5th win on the road this season, and so much better than the two away wins we had last season.
Newcastle are looking to be a (very) good side.
Howay The Lads!!
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Julian Speroni; Adrian Mariappa, Danny Gabbidon, Damien Delaney, Dean Moxey; Joel Ward, Mile Jedinak, Jason Puncheon, Barry Bannan; Marouane Chamakh, Cameron Jerome
Subs not used: Lewis Price, Jonathan Parr, Jose Campana, Jonathan Williams, Yannick Bolasie, Kevin Phillips, Dwight Gayle
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi
Referee: Neil Swarbrick