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Saturday 16 December 2017

Campbell's goal earns share of the spoils for Pardew's Palace

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Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini tackles Palaces' Wilfred Zaha (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at Selhurst Park
Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini tackles Palaces' Wilfred Zaha (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at Selhurst Park

CRYSTAL PALACE manager Alan Pardew earned a point in his first match against former club Newcastle as Fraizer Campbell’s 71st minute goal secured a draw.

Palace had the better of the first half, with a headed goal from Campbell ruled out for offside.

Newcastle took the lead with their first shot on target, Papiss Cisse nodding in Daryl Janmaat’s cross.

But the hosts struck back through Campbell to deny the Magpies a second win under new boss John Carver.

The battling point continues the Eagles’ impressive run since Pardew took over - they have now taken ten points from a possible fifteen.

They are 13th in the Premier League table, just two places behind Newcastle, having been eight positions beneath the Magpies when Pardew switched clubs.

Palace had lost eight of their previous 10 matches against Newcastle but Wilfried Zaha soon tested Tim Krul, before Joe Ledley flicked a header over the bar from Jason Puncheon’s free-kick.

Campbell replaced the injured Yaya Sanogo midway through the first half. The striker almost made an immediate impact, but his glancing header from Puncheon’s cross was correctly adjudged offside.

Newcastle then struck against the run of play as Janmaat skipped past Zaha and curled in a superb delivery for Cisse to head his tenth goal of the season.

With his team staring at a second defeat in three Premier League matches, Pardew brought on Yannick Bolasie in place of Martin Kelly.

And the winger had an instant impact, delivering a superb cross from the right which Campbell slid in from three yards.

Palace continued to attack but Krul saved a point for the visitors with a brilliant sprawling save from Brede Hangeland’s goal-bound header.

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