Wilson’s seventh goal of the season just two minutes before the final whistle seemed enough to earn the visitors’ three points, but Joelinton’s tireless display was rewarded with a deflected strike a minute later.
After back-to-back defeats, Newcastle are back on their way to victory and are undefeated in three clashes in London this season, while Roy Hodgson has had to reflect on a bitterly disappointing night for his side.
Since these teams only scored 69 times in 76 combined league games last season, a goalfest was not expected in SE25. The odds of a thriller diminished further when Allan Saint-Maximin joined Wilfried Zaha on the absent list, with both clubs lacking the creativity of their players flair. Bruce made four changes to the squad that lost at home to Chelsea last weekend that initially had the desired effect.
The first two by signing Newcastle’s record £ 40million were not targeted, but the third at least forced Vicente Guaita to make a routine stoppage.
Palace had allowed the Magpies to dictate possession in the opening rally, but had briefly kicked in mid-half thanks to Eberechi Eze. The summer signing forced Karl Darlow to make a great save with a sustained effort in the 25th minute that was heading to the top corner.
The Newcastle goalkeeper was required again four minutes later and produced another timely intervention to prevent Jeffrey Schlupp’s weak effort.
Schlupp had been a surprise inclusion on Michy Batshuayi and he had had the last attempt of the half but was unable to aim his head on the target.
Another good job from the winger gave fellow Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew a half-chance in the 54th minute, but the forward was only able to push further. By the time Eze’s volley nearly drifted for a throw, Hodgson had seen enough and Jairo Riedewald and Christian Benteke were introduced to try to bring the clash to life.
Away coach Bruce did the same and substitute Matt Ritchie produced a wonderful ball in the zone with 18 minutes remaining, but Joelinton mis-timed his jump and nodded wide. Sean Longstaff’s fine run from inside his own half created another chance for Newcastle in the 79th minute after being downed and yet Ritchie could only start a neat free-kick routine straight to Guaita.
Benteke was the next replacement to threaten, but his bowed head was neatly parried away from goal by Darlow before Federico Fernandez bravely blocked Cheikhou Kouyate’s effort. Palace looked the most likely and Patrick van Aanholt should have found Batshuayi with a cross five minutes out of time, which turned out to be decisive.
With time almost up, Joelinton dribbled forward and slid into Wilson, who slipped coldly between Guaita’s legs with 88 minutes on the clock.
Newcastle weren’t finished there though, and Brazilian Joelinton rounded off the points with a deflected strike in the 90th minute after another great run to push the Magpies up to 10th.
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