Brilliant Darlow Penalty Save – Townsend Thunderbolt Gets The Win

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It took a wonderful goal from a free kick from Andros Townsend after 59 minutes to put Newcastle ahead in this very tough game.

And then after Mike Dean – never a good referee for the Magpies –  had given a dodgy penalty to Palace for a hand-ball by Sissoko after 70 minutes it was Karl Darlow who saved to his left superbly from Yohan Cabaye to give Newcastle a vital win.

Sunderland were lucky to draw at Stoke City with Jermain Defoe scoring with a penalty after 94 minutes otherwise Newcastle could have gained 3 points on the Black Cats today.

Gaining 2 points is great and it takes us above the Black Cats.

darlow saves from cabaye

But Newcastle now move to 33 points one point above Sunderland in the league table and out of the bottom three for the first time since February.

Both Sunderland and Norwich have a game in hand and Norwich have just kicked of their game at the Emirates against Arsenal.

Newcastle surprisingly found the going very tough in the first half and Palace were the better side.

Newcastle had to thank goalkeeper Karl Darlow for some good saves and keeping us in the game – another slow start from Newcastle in the first half – even at home.

The St. James’ Park crowd exuded anxiety before the break in a game we just had to win.

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Andros Townsend scores after 59 minutes

Andros Townsend was again Newcastle’s most dangerous player and after 59 minutes from a free kick he hit the ball beautifully high into the back of the net for a (another) sensational goal from the former Spurs winger and he went nuts.

Newcastle were hanging on for what would be a vital 3 points and from a  corner after 70 minutes referee Mike Dean surprisingly gave a penalty against the home side .

It looked an innocuous hand ball but it was a penalty.

Up stepped former Newcastle midfielder and French International Yohan Cabaye but Karl Darlow guessed right and made a sensational save to his left and the ball was quickly cleared for a corner.

Mike Dean then gave Palace a full five minutes of added time after the 90 minutes when there were no stoppages in the second half – we wish these referees would have to explain some of their dubious actions after the games.

It looked like Sunderland were losing 1-0 at Stoke City but news of their very late equalizer came through so that could be an important point for the Black Cats.

We must win next week at Aston Villa –  and it will not be easy – but the Toon Army will be there in their masses – and they will make the difference.

It looks like if we can win our last two games we could be safe.

Newcastle: Darlow; Anita (Shelvey, 88), Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Colback, Tiote; Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Perez, 80), Townsend; Cisse (Mitrovic, 72). Subs not used: Woodman, Taylor, Mbabu, de Jong.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Jedinak, Cabaye; Puncheon (Gayle, 73), McArthur, Bolasie; Wickham (Adebayor, 73). Subs not used: McCarthy (Sako, 60), Mariappa, Kelly, Ledley.

Goal: Townsend 59
Bookings: Mbemba 7, Colback 66
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)
Attendance: 52,107

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