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    Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United. Pardew's Palace send Newcastle hurtling back into the relegation zone.



    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter


    Newcastle United drop back into the bottom three following a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.

    The Magpies made a fantastic start to the game as Papiss Cisse opened the scoring early on.

    But after equalising through a Paul Dummett own goal, Palace dominated the contest and a brace from Yannick Bolasie along with goals from James McArthur and Wilfred Zaha saw the hosts claim victory.

    Pressure to get results is now very much on for Steve McClaren, as Alan Pardew enjoyed a mighty win over his old club.

    There was a heated start to the game when Jack Colback returned to the starting line up and clashed with Zaha.

    The Palace winger grabbed at Colback’s ankle to hold the player’s run and both midfielders were soon face to face with tempers flaring.

    McClaren made changes after Newcastle failed to perform against Leicester last weekend and one of those changes paid off in the best possible way for the away side.

    Forgotten man Papiss Cisse came in to replace Aleksandar Mitrovic at Selhurst Park and the Senegalese striker beat the offside trap to head home after Daryl Janmaat had time to cross.


    The Magpies kept the pressure on and Cisse almost found a second when Moussa Sissoko found the forward with a low cross from the right but his effort was well blocked by Damien Delaney.

    All of Newcastle’s hard work soon fell to pieces however, as Palace found a quick equaliser thanks to some calamitous defending from the away side.

    Fabricio Coloccini failed to head clear a simple ball and the hosts quickly took possession and McArther’s eventual effort took an unfortunate deflection off Dummett and into the back of the net.

    Both these sides had been poor in front of goal in recent games but there were soon three goals in under 20 minutes in this contest, as Newcastle’s poor defending was punished yet again.

    Palace’s attacking players failed to look at all troubled with the numbers their opponents put behind the ball and Zaha could afford to miscontrol before allowing Bolasie to fire home from 10 yards.


    From there on heads and spirits had dropped on the away side and Pardew’s side were in complete control.

    Zaha had Dummett chasing shadows from the start and the wingers pace set up a host of chances for the home side.

    But the former Manchester United man let himself down when he ran into the box passed Dummett and dove to the ground theatrically, an act which rightly saw the player booked by referee Stuart Attwell.

    Zaha redeemed himself moments later however, as he added to Newcastle’s woes with a third goal for his side.

    Connor Wickham delivered a ball from the left and it fell to the troublesome Palace winger, who hit the chance first time into the ground and his effort bounced into the back of the net.


    The half time whistle could not come soon enough for Newcastle, who were lucky to only have conceded the three goals in an opening 45 minutes in which they were dominated.

    If McClaren was fuming at his players after their performance against Leicester City last week, the former England head coach must have been a terrifying figure in the dressing room at the break.


    After what was such a good start for the Magpies, an unlucky deflected equaliser set Newcastle up for humiliation with no signs of improvement.

    But the trailing team made a positive start to the second half, as Sissoko drilled a ball in to Cisse in the area, but the forward failed to control the ball well enough and the chance went begging.

    McClaren made the decision to bring on Jamaal Lascelles at the break to help aid his side’s defensive frailties but the young defender instead gifted Palace the chance to score their fourth.

    The defender gave away a freekick in the defensive third and former Magpie Yohan Cabaye delivered the set-piece into the area and Delaney headed towards Bolasie who made it 4-1.

    It should have been five moments later when Wickham failed to convert a cross from the left towards the near post which only needed a touch from the former Sunderland striker.

    Chances for Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Pape Souare kept the away defence busy but Alan Pardew had no reason for concern on the sidelines, as his new side continued to embarrass his former employers.

    McClaren then brought Siem de Jong and Yoan Gouffran into the game in hope of finding a goal to spare some blushes for his team.

    De Jong came closest, as he saw his effort deflected narrowly wide of the bottom corner of the goal but that is as good as it got for a disappointing Newcastle side in the second half.

    Just when it looked like the visitors were going to make it to the final whistle having only conceded four, McArthur added a fifth at the near post to really pour salt into Newcastle's wounds.


    The Premier League table now makes for painful reading for Magpies fans, as they find themselves in the relegation places yet again, with arch rivals Sunderland climbing above them.

    Next up for Newcastle is a daunting test back at St James’ Park against a Liverpool side who are enjoying life under new boss Jurgen Klopp, while Palace take on Everton on Monday night football.


    Player Ratings.

    Newcastle United:

    Rob Elliot: 5

    Daryl Janmaat: 4

    Chancel Mbemba: 3

    Fabricio Coloccini: 3

    Paul Dummett: 3

    Vurnon Anita: 5

    Jack Colback: 4

    Gini Wijnaldum: 5

    Moussa Sissoko: 6

    Ayoze Perez: 5

    Papiss Cisse: 6


    Subs: Lascelles: 5, De Jong: 6, Gouffran: 5


    Crystal Palace:

    Hennessey: 7, Ward: 7, Dann: 7, Delaney: 7, Souare: 7, Cabaye: 7, McArthur: 8, Bolasie: 9, Puncheon: 7, Zaha: 8, Wickham: 8

    Subs: Jedinak: 6, Lee: 6, Bamford: 6
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