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Premier League Eagles held at home by Magpies in game of two halves

Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle – Maamun Hajmahmoud reports from Selhurst Park

MO DIAME and Luka Milivojevic scored either side of the interval at Selhurst Park to earn a point for their respective teams.

Chelsea loanee Kenedy was the star of the first half as the new recruit made it two assists in two games for the visitors.

The opener came as the Brazilian’s underhit corner somehow found its way to Diame at the back post, who duly poked the ball in to give his side the lead. 

Moments later, Palace stopper Wayne Hennessey was on hand to produce a double save to keep out Kenedy and Ayoze Perez, much to the home faithful’s relief as a 2-0 lead at half-time might have been too much for the Eagles to overcome.

Roy Hodgson alluded to this in his post-match press conference, saying: “At half-time I would have been happy with a point.

“But at the end of it, I was pretty frustrated we didn’t get the second. We were almost camped in their half. In the end, I am a little bit disappointed that we didn’t score more than one goal.”

Both managers pointed out the difference in Wilfried Zaha’s level of performance.

“He came alive in the second half, but so did others. The midfielders and the full-backs got forward and we asked a lot of questions of Newcastle,” said Hodgson.

His counterpart Rafa Benitez noted that Zaha’s change of position gave DeAndre Yedlin more to think about as the latter had coped well with the Palace forward’s pace initially.

“He was playing as a striker in the first half and after they put him as a winger,” Benitez said.

“We had him under control with the balls behind, but, when he has the ball at his feet, he made the difference. ”

Milivojevic squeezed his penalty past an impressive Karl Darlow after Ciaran Clark was caught pulling Christian Benteke’s shirt in the area. 

The Serbian’s spot kick was enough to ensure his side’s share of the spoils, which puts them 14th in the table.


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