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Development Report: Palace 2-2 Newcastle

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20:57 25th February 2013


A strong Palace development side picked up their first point of the second half of the season after being pegged back twice by Newcastle United in an entertaining encounter at Selhurst Park.

The first chance of the game fell to the Magpies' hot prospect Adam Campbell when he raced onto a long ball by Dan Gosling, however he shot straight at Lewis Price when one-on-one with the Welsh shot-stopper.

The Eagles were given a golden chance to open the scoring on 14 minutes when Romain Amalfitano felled Kyle De Silva just inside the box, however Ibra Sekajja cannoned his forceful effort from 12 yards off the crossbar.

Undeterred, Palace continued to press for an opener and they were rewarded on 23 minutes. De Silva picked the ball up on the right and sped past Lee Desmond to get to the byline where he put the ball on a plate for Aaron Wilbraham to slot home from a couple of yards out.

Only seven minutes later though the Toon were level when a blocked Gosling effort rebounded into the path of Campbell, and the diminutive striker's shot deflected off an Eagles defender and beat the helpless Price to deliver a quick response. 

The parity only lasted until the 37th minute when De Silva's pace continued to cause the Geordies problems, and he once again played a perfect pass to Sullay Kaikai who drilled the ball past Jonathan Mitchell from just inside the box to hand his side the half-time advantage.

Jacob Butterfield made his maiden under 21 appearance as he gained some valuable game-time and three minutes into the second half forced Mitchell to push away a piledriver from 20 yards, and soon after Wilbraham headed over from a Matthew Parsons' delivery.

The Eagles were playing some impressive, free-flowing football but it was the Magpies who almost netted a superb goal when Amalfitano and Gosling linked up to play a ball towards the unmarked Campbell at the back post, but his downward volley bounced too high over the bar.

Skipper Alex Wynter went close with a header from a Kaikai corner that drifted inches past the post on 63 minutes but Newcastle pulled themselves level once again with 11 minutes remaining when substitute Orlando Aarons found the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the area.

Palace had brought on Reise Allassani and he nearly replicated his sensational strike against Manchester United for the under 18s on the weekend but saw this attempt curl just wide of the target, and Shane Ferguson scrambled the ball off the line when a Kaikai coner ricocheted off a Magpies defender with five minutes left.

There was still time for controversy when Price seemed to play a free-kick directly into the path of Campbell who swept the ball into the empty net, but the goal was bizarrely ruled out by the referee for an apparent offside. 

Palace went straight up the other end and Allassani looked to have snatched the win when he bore down on goal and his shot slipped through the hands of Mitchell but rolled the wrong side of the post, and Kadell Daniel dragged an effort wide in injury time as it finished honours even.

Palace: Price, Akuruka, Wynter, Taylor, Parsons, Butterfield (Boateng 75), O'Keefe; Sekajja, De Silva (Allassani 75), Kaikai, Wilbraham (Daniel 81). Subs not used: Gregory, Inniss.

Newcastle: Mitchell, Nicholson, Tavernier, Streete (Quinn 61), Desmond (Aarons 46), Logan, Miele, Amalfitano, Gosling (Olly 79), Ferguson, Campbell. Subs not used: Woodman, McKinnon.