Apr 30, 2016 at 3pm UK at ​St James' Park
Attendance: 52,107
NewcastleNewcastle United
Crystal Palace
Townsend (58')
Mbemba (7')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Colback (66')

Live Commentary: Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace - as it happened

Big boy Mile Jedinak and Moussa Sissoko in action during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace on April 30, 2016
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Relive Newcastle United's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace as Andros Townsend's stunning strike sends the Magpies out of the relegation zone.

Newcastle United moved out of the relegation zone courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at St James's Park this afternoon.

Andros Townsend scored the only goal of the game shortly before the hour mark when he curled a stunning free kick into the top corner from 25 yards.

Palace had a golden chance to earn a draw when they were awarded a penalty with 20 minutes remaining, but Yohan Cabaye was denied from the spot by Karl Darlow.

Find out how all of the action unfolded courtesy of Sports Mole's live minute-by-minute coverage below.

2pmGood afternoon! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for today's Premier League clash between Newcastle Unit

2:02pmNEWCASTLE SUBS: Woodman, Taylor, Mbabu, Shelvey, De Jong, Perez,


2.03pmCRYSTAL PALACE STARTING XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dabbnn, Delaney, Souare; Jedinak, Cabaye, Puncheon

2:04pmCRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: McCarthy, Mariappa, Kelly, Ledley, Sako, Gayle, Adeba

2:06pmWhat can we make of those two teams, then? Well, perhaps the biggest decision for Rafael Benitez to make for t

2:08pmIt is fast coming to the point where Newcastle need to pick up victories now, with survival v

2:10pmPerhaps key to t

2:12pmBenitez will, then, be looki

2:14pmLike Newcastle, Palace had a decision to make regarding their striker today, with Wickham starting against W

2:16pmThe other goals

2:18pmThere is no Zaha to join him this afternoon after the winger failed a late fitness test having pick

2:20pmThere is no change at the back either as Pardew sticks with the defensive unit that saw his side through to the FA Cup f

2:22pmAs already mentioned, this is a huge game for Newcastle if they are to give th

2:24pmTheir record heading into this mat

2:26pmNewcastle finish their season with two matches that they may feel they

2:28pmIncluding today, two of Newcastle's final three games c

2:30pmNewcastle have o

2:32pmIndeed, home and away they are bidding for four games in a row unbeaten, a

2:34pmThe most recent of those points would have almost felt like a win as Newcastle salvaged a draw from the jaw

2:36pmIt was a triumphant return f

2:38pmPardew can feel a little aggrieved at the treatment he receives from the Newcastle fans, tho

2:40pmFor now, though, Pardew's focus is all on Crystal Palace, although Crystal Pala

2.41pmThat is because Palace have booked their place in the FA Cup final for the

2.41pmThat is because Palace have booked their place in the FA Cup final for the

2:44pmInstead, Palace's focus is likely to be on the FA Cup, where they have reached the final for the first time since 199

2:46pmBefore then, Palace must face Stoke at home and S

2:48pmTo put into context how poor their year as been so far, Palace have only

2:50pmPREDICTION: Right, we're 10 minutes away from kickoff at St James's Park, which means that it is ti

2:52pmPalace have not won a match at St James's Park since the turn of th

2:54pmThat was actually Palace's last victory over Newcastle home or away until the reverse fixture ear

2:56pmThat reverse meeting was an emphatic win for Palace too, with McArthur and Bolasie

2.58pmRight, we're just about ready to go for this one! It's a huge game for the home side, with anything other than a win leaving them with a mountain to climb for safety.

3pmBefore kickoff, the entire stadium rises as one and roars in support of the 96 fans who died at Hillsborough following the latest events in that tragedy. 'You'll Never Walk Alone' rings around St James's Park - brilliant tribute.

1 minKICKOFF: Newcastle get us underway for this massive match at St James's Park!

3 minPalace win an early corner and, while nothing comes of it, it is notable because a section of the home crowd boos Yohan Cabaye following his exit for the club a couple of years ago.

5 minIt is Palace who have started the game the brighter here, which is not how I expected the opening stages to go. Newcastle are the team who need a win and you'd think they would look to get off to a quick start to get the fans on their side. They haven't quite got going yet, though.

7 minYELLOW CARD! Mbemba goes into the book early here for a blatant block on Bolasie after the winger had pushed the ball passed him. It is very early in the game, but he can't have many complaints.

8 minSHOT! Half a chance for Palace as Souare gets down the left flank and manages to squeeze a cross away from the byline. He falls to Puncheon at the back post, but he doesn't catch his volley cleanly and it bounces safely wide.

9 minImportant defending from Dann here as he gets a last-ditch challenge in on Cisse after the striker had turned well and got into the box. The ball goes across to Delaney, who calmly chests it back to the keeper.

11 minImportant challenge from Lascelles this time as he slides in just in time to prevent Wickham from racing through one on one with Darlow. Really good tackle.

12 minSAVE! Hennessey is called into action for the first time this afternoon as he gets down well to his right to keep out Wijnaldum's effort. The Newcastle man didn't catch it perfectly, though, and it was a fairly routine save for the keeper.

15 minAlmost two chances for Townsend in quick succession! First the winger makes a really clever run through the middle and is picked out by a good pass. He looks to be through on goal, but in the end is forced too far out wide. He recycles the ball and gets it back in the area, but again he can't get a shot away.

17 minUPDATE: Not too much to shout about at St James's Park so far, but there have been two goals already at Goodison Park. Everton are taking on Bournemouth there, and it is 1-1 after less than 20 minutes, with Marc Pugh cancelling out Tom Cleverley's opener.

19 minThis has been a low-key start to the match, and Pardew may well have told his players that if they can frustrate Newcastle for the opening 20 minutes or so then the crowd will begin to turn. There are murmurs of discontent already coming from the Newcastle faithful.

22 minNeither side has been able to grab hold of this game in the opening quarter or so. Palace are seeing a decent amount of the ball, but they may prefer it if Newcastle began to have a bit more possession to create more counter-attacking opportunities.

24 minReally good work from Bolasie as he shows pace and power to hold off a couple of fouls on his way down the left flank. He eventually wins his side a corner, but it could have just as easily been two free kicks in there.

26 minThe biggest roar of the afternoon so far greets a Newcastle corner - their first of the game. Wijnaldum goes over to take it, but he fails to beat the first man.

27 minSAVE! Good save from Darlow to keep Palace at bay. It was Cabaye who got in down the right side of the area after Puncheon had held Colback off and played a reverse pass to his midfield partner. Cabaye hit it hard from a tight angle, but Darlow made the save. He would not have been a popular goalscorer!

29 minYou can feel the tension inside the stadium at the moment. The Newcastle fans are already unhappy at how long Crystal Palace are taking over set pieces, and it really does look like Pardew has told his players to just frustrate the crowd. If he has, it's working.

30 minBolasie is looking like the most dangerous player on the park at the moment, and he embarks on another direct run down the left flank here. He bursts past one, but a combination of Tiote and Colback shut the door.

31 minThe Newcastle fans kick up a fuss again as Souare leaves a throw-in for Wickham to take. When the throw eventually arrives it is flicked on by Jedinak, but the pressure is relieved by a foul on the keeper.

33 minSHOT! Quick break from Palace, and again it is Bolasie who is leading the charge. He runs at Mbemba, who can't make a challenge as he is already on a yellow. Bolasie eventually lets fly with a powerful drive from 30 yards, but the ball zips a yard or so past the post.

35 minJust 10 minutes remain in the first half here, and it is Pardew who will be the happier of the two managers. His side have looked dangerous on the counter-attack and have also done a good job of unsettling the home fans.

37 minSAVE! This would have certainly got the home fans back on side. Mbemba strides out of defence and Palace allow him all the space in the world. He accepts the invitation to shoot and his low drive from more than 35 yards out is a good one, zipping low towards the bottom corner. Hennessey is across to make a good save, though.

39 minCHANCE! It's been better from Newcastle in the last few moments, seeing more of the ball in the opposition half and putting the Palace defence under sustained pressure. It results in a chance too as a cross arrives from the left flank, but Sissoko tries to flick it goalwards with his foot instead of going with the diving head, and he can't get enough on it.

41 minUPDATE: You might want to sit down for this - Aston Villa have taken the lead! They are 1-0 up away to Watford courtesy of a Ciaran Clark goal. West Ham United have also taken the lead on the road, with Kouyate's goal putting them one up against West Brom.

43 minSAVE! Magnificent effort from Bolasie, but an equally good save from Darlow! A cross from Cabaye is only cleared as far as the Palace winger, who catches his volley so sweetly to lash it goalwards. Darlow sees it very late, but manages to pull off a good save and keep this one goalless.

44 minCHANCE! Big chance at the other end for Newcastle to take the lead! Lascelles finds himself high up field and pokes the ball through to Colback, who has space inside the side. He shapes to curl one into the far post, but he puts it a couple of yards wide of the target.

45+1 minThere will be three minutes of added time at the end of this match.

45+3 minHALF TIME: Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

3.56pmThe referee brings an end to the first half here at St James's Park, and we're still goalless after a tense opening 45 minutes between these two sides. Palace have done a good job of frustrating the hosts, in particularly the fans, and they have come closest to breaking the deadlock too. Pardew will certainly be the happier of the two managers at the halfway point.

3.58pmKarl Darlow has been the busier of the two keepers so far, making two really smart saves. The first came to deny Cabaye after he latched on to a clever reverse pass from Puncheon on the right side of the area. The angle was against the former Newcastle man, but he put plenty of of power behind his effort and it took a strong arm from Darlow to keep him out.

4pmHis second notable save was even more impressive when he kept out Yannick Bolasie's strike from range after the Palace winger had caught his volley sweetly. It was a powerful strike made even tougher for the Newcastle keeper by the fact that it came through a crowd of bodies, but he reacted well to push it away.

4.02pmNewcastle's best chance of the half came late on when Colback picked the ball up inside the area, with a bit of space around him. He opened his body and tried to curl it into the far corner, but he put to too far past the post and a very presentable opening went begging. Townsend has also had a decent chance when he was played through on goal, but he was forced too far wide and didn't even manage to get a shot away in the end.

4.04pmThere have been notable long-range efforts from Mbemba, who strode out of defence before unleashing a low strike that needed a smart stop from the keeper, and Bolasie, whose powerful effort from a good 30 yards flew a yard or so past the post. It has largely been a tense and cagey affair, though, which is perhaps understandable considering what is on the line for Newcastle.

46 minKICKOFF: Crystal Palace get us back underway for this second half after a brief delay caused by Dann seemingly throwing up just before kickoff. A lovely start to the second half!

48 minNewcastle have a little bit more urgency about them in this second half, and that will surely on increase as times go by. They need to throw caution to the wind sooner or later as only a win will really do today.

50 minCHANCE! Wijnaldum does really well here, collecting the ball into his feet and then beating one defender to create space to shoot. He goes for goal from inside the area, but Delaney is in the way to make a very important block.

52 minUPDATE: Newcastle are improving here in the last few minutes, and the good news from the Britannia Stadium is that Stoke City have taken the lead against Sunderland through Marko Arnautovic.

54 minThere is a different atmosphere in this second half, with the fans seeing more effort from their side and responding in kind. This can be a great stadium when the fans and players are feeding off each other, but it can go one of two ways.

55 minSAVE! Townsend looks to create something out of nothing, throwing a step-over to beat Cabaye and get a shot away, but it is central and easy for Hennessey.

57 minTownsend is seeing more and more of the ball right now, and his direct running and causing Newcastle one or two problems. Dann resorts to fouling him here, giving Newcastle a free kick in a good position...

58 minGOAL! Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace (Andros Townsend)

58 minOh what a goal this is to give Newcastle the lead! Townsend had been the threat in the last few minutes, and having won the free kick he takes it on himself. He curls it to the keeper's side, but the strike is so good that you can't really blame Hennessey. Townsend puts it perfectly into the top corner, and St James's Park erupts.

60 minCRYSTAL PALACE SUB: Pardew responds immediately to that goal, with Bakary Sako replacing McArthur.

62 minThat really was a special strike from Townsend, and if it proves to be the one that keeps Newcastle in the division then you can be ready to see it time after time. As things stand, the Magpies are out of the bottom three.

64 min...and here is that situation as things stand. Things are looking a lot better for Newcastle now, with Norwich facing an away game against Arsenal later today.

Bottom 4 @ 16.23

66 minYELLOW CARD! Colback joins Mbemba in the book for a blatant tug back on Puncheon to prevent the Palace man from racing clear.

68 minTownsend looks to do it all alone again as he races forward down the right channel and again looks for the same corner he picked out with that free kick. This time his effort is blocked, though, and Dann coolly chests it back to his keeper.


70 minSAVED!

70 minKarl Darlow, join Townsend as a Geordie hero! St James's Park is stunned by Mike Dean's decision to award a penalty in the first place as there was no obvious infringement, but the replay shows that Sissoko had his arm up when challenging for a corner and the ball did strike it. Up steps Cabaye, of all people, in front of the Gallowgate End, but Darlow hurls himself to his left to make a fine stop. Massive moment in this match, and potentially the relegation battle.

72 minNEWCASTLE SUB: Change for the home side here as Mitrovic comes on in place of Cisse.

74 minCRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Palace make changes of their own as Dwight Gayle and Emmanuel Adebayor come on in place of Wickham and Puncheon.

76 minThat is a final throw of the dice for Palace, who have now gone 4-4-2 in an effort to get something out of this game. Newcastle, meanwhile, are on course for a huge, huge win if they can hold out for the final 15 minutes or so.

78 minTownsend is really putting a shift in here. He is popping up all over the pitch and that work rate is only going to do him favours with the home fans.

80 minNEWCASTLE SUB: Another change for the hosts as Wijnaldum makes way to be replaced by Ayoze Perez.

82 minTwo subs combine for Newcastle here as Mitrovic wins a header to flick the ball on for Perez, who takes it past one but then lifts his finish over the top.

84 minNewcastle aren't settling for just the one goal here. They aren't going gung-ho either, but they have got the ball up inside the Palace half and are looking as likely to score as Palace right now.

86 minThere is a bit of a stoppage here as Mitrovic and Delaney have a skirmish, and then Mitrovic plays cheerleader to get the fans back up for it. Delaney is very unhappy about something here.

88 minNEWCASTLE SUB: A third and final change for the hosts sees Anita limp off with an injury to be replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.

90 minThere will be FIVE minutes of added time at the end of this match.

90+3 minThis is all so tense for Newcastle right now! Palace are pushing for a winner, but Newcastle are holding out at the moment! Not long left now!

90+6 minFULL TIME: Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace

5pmSt James's Park erupts as Newcastle hold one for a crucial three points that takes them out of the relegation zone! Andros Townsend and Karl Darlow are the heroes for scoring the winner and saving a penalty respectively, and the Magpies's survival dream comes one step closer to reality. I will leave you with our match report, and be sure to stick around for reaction too. From me, though, it is goodbye for now!

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