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Report: Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United

28 November 2015

Palace recorded their biggest ever Premier League victory at the expense of Newcastle United as they put all their recent Selhurst woes behind them in emphatic fashion.

Despite falling a goal down early on, Alan Pardew’s side found two quick goals from James McArthur and Yannick Bolasie to put themselves in front, before Wilfried Zaha extended the lead just before half-time.

Bolasie would complete his brace just after the restart to make it four and they broke the record in stoppage-time when McArthur also added his second of the game with the last kick of the game to break surpass the previous 4-1 wins over Middlesbrough, Coventry City and Sunderland.

After losing to Sunderland on Monday, things didn’t look to be going the hosts’ way once again when they fell behind on 10 minutes. Papiss Cisse, who had been recalled by Steve McClaren for this game having scored twice in his previous two games against the Eagles, opened the scoring by netting with a near-identical goal to the one he registered at Selhurst last season.

Ayoze Perez found Daryl Janmaat on the right and the full-back burst inside and clipped a ball into the area for the Senegalese striker, who beat the offside trap to gleefully head past Wayne Hennessey.

But the Eagles would shake off that setback and found themselves ahead within seven minutes. The equaliser came four minutes after the Magpies had taken the lead, when some fine hold-up play by Connor Wickham saw the striker lay the ball off to James McArthur and his goalbound shot took a huge deflection off Paul Dummett, wrong-footing Rob Elliot to find the net.

And things got even better on 17 minutes with Wickham in the thick of the action again. The striker drove towards the byline and put a low dangerous ball across the area, which was missed by two home attackers and numerous defenders, allowing Bolasie the chance to drive it into the net which he happily accepted.

Things quietened down after that early flurry of goals but the hosts remained dominant, and with four minutes of the half the go they deservedly got a third. Wickham skipped past Chancel Mbemba on the left and crossed towards the far post, finding Zaha who deliberately shot into the turf and watched it bounce over Elliot and beat Fabricio Coloccini on the goalline to hand his side a clear lead going into half-time.

Palace’s dream day continued just two minutes after the restart when they won a free-kick just outside the area, and Yohan Cabaye lofted a free-kick into the box which was headed back across goal by Damien Delaney and Bolasie was on hand to poke the ball home from a couple of yards out.

There was only one side in the game with the visitors looking particularly beleaguered and Jason Puncheon fired narrowly over from the edge of the area soon after, and Bolasie then missed with a similar chance as he attempt to hit a second hat-trick of 2015.

Joel Ward then tried to get on the act with a stinging blast that Elliot needed to get the slightest of fingertips to tip it over, but McClaren’s men nearly pulled one back when substitute Siem de Jong saw a snapshot whistle past the post.

But was a rare foray forward for Newcastle and the Eagles were in the mood for more goals. Puncheon and Bolasie both tested Elliot with shots from range before Pape Souare went close to scoring his first Palace goal but couldn’t find the target, 

However in injury-time salt was added into the wound when Boalsie burst down the right and centred into the area, and after a woeful clearance by Jamal Lascelles fell to McArthur, the Scott drove the ball under Elliot to score the fifth.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Cabaye (Lee 75), McArthur, Zaha (Jedinak 67), Puncheon, Bolasie, Wickham (Bamford 85). Subs: Speroni, Kelly, Ledley, Chamakh.

Newcastle United: Elliot, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback (de Jong 70), Wijnaldum (Gouffran 70), Sissoko, Anita, Cisse, Perez (Lascelles 46), Mbemba, Janmaat. Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Thauvin, Mitrovic.

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