Miguel Almiron scored a wonder goal to help Crystal Palace produce one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. He went on a solo run before curling the ball into the far post in the 32nd minute. Palace did not create much all game, much to the frustration of Patrick Vieira on the sidelines.

Player ratings

Newcastle: Dubravka 6; Krafth 8, Schar 6, Burn 7, Targett 7; Guimaraes 7, Shelvey 6, Joelinton 6; Almiron 8, Wood 6, Saint-Maximin 7

Subs: Murphy 6, Willock 6, Longstaff n/a

Crystal Palace: Guaita 6; Clyne 5, Andersen 6, Guehi 6, Mitchell 5; Kouyate 5, Gallagher 4 Schlupp 5; Olise 4, Edouard 5, Zaha 6

Subs: Ayew 5, Mateta 6, McArthur 6

MOTM: Miguel Almiron

Managers Reaction

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe: “We were very good in the first half. Probably – with the ball and in terms of our intensity – one of our best performances. In the second half, it was difficult, Crystal Palace came back into the game but we defended very, very well. It seems like a long time ago and you can quickly forget where we were and where we’ve come from this season. We know we have a long way to go to improve ahead of us but we’re delighted with the players’ response to our work. It’s a great night for the football club.”

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira: “We entered the game, not in the best way. We didn’t play enough going forward and our center-backs had too much possession. The second half was better but we didn’t create enough chances. We had the possession, but we didn’t put the ball in the box and make the right decision. Losing the semi-final of the FA Cup was a lot for us to take, we’ve seen it with the way we entered the game. But we have to bounce back and go back to basics and win football matches.”

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