Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0  Saturday 30 April 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle, to talk about some aspect of the match:

Nat Seaton:

“Blow the ******* whistle!!!

“Brilliant result, bring on Villa Park.

“BTW Are we meant to be enjoying this??!

“Maybe I will after my first post match pint….”

Jamie Smith:


“It would be ridiculous to bemoan the spawny mackems’ late equaliser when we’ve got an essential win to put us above the dreaded line.

“With Norwich still to play their tricky late kick off at the Emirates it looks like we’ve got a very decent chance of beating the drop.

“Villa away is an essential must win, with our rivals again facing tough opponents but I believe if we can come out on top next weekend we will stay in the Premier League, something I’d written off a few weeks ago.

“Special mention for Karl Darlow who was incredible today, and not just on the penalty save, a tremendous all round showing and MOM for me.”

Paul Lyon:

“Hard work but just what we needed.

“Some half-time inspired chat from me Da made me believe we could do this!

“The team may not have heard my Da’s words of wisdom but some moments of inspiration from Townsend & Darlow got us the points we needed.

“Howay the lads!! We’re all in this together!!!”

James Rutherford:

“Big thanks to Yohan Cabaye. Once a Geordie, always a Geordie!

“Huge save from Karl Darlow. And people doubted him when he was forced into action…

“Put ourselves in a great position now. Win next week and we’re almost safe.

“Beautiful free kick from Townsend, who had been poor up until then. Defended brilliantly yet again, and the Colback/Tiote partnership worked wonders.

“Quick mention regarding the Hillsborough tribute. I had goosebumps when the crowd broke into You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Leazes Park Ender:

 “What a breathless afternoon of association football.

“Benitez again proving he’s getting this lot performing. Just!

“Well done Karl Darlow.

“We can stay up but it’s still scary stuff.

“On to Villa Park. Another demon to be exorcised.

“We’re still in there and still fighting. Incredible.”

Jamie Swan


“Tough first half, turned the screw second.

“Townsend is a hero!

“Darlow is a hero!

“Great Escape is on! Possibly…!

“Have a great bank holiday weekend peeps.”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“Townsend and Darlow of course the heroes but Tiote man of the match for me, ran the show in midfield.

“Another win next week and the great escape just might be on.”

Ben Cooper:

“Good game, good performance, great three points.

“Defence kept us in it in the first half and we looked more dangerous in the second.

“I will be invoicing Alan Pardew for a refund on the 25 minutes Palace time-wasted in the first half.”

George Stainsby:

“Blimmin Nora.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0 

Goals – 

Newcastle: Townsend 58

Possession was Newcastle 50% Palace 50%

Total shots were Newcastle 10 and Palace 9

Shots on target were Newcastle 4 and Palace 3

Corners were Newcastle 4 and Palace 8

Team: Darlow, Anita (Shelvey 88), Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Townsend, Tiote, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Perez 80), Cisse (Mitrovic 72)

Unused Subs: Woodman, de Jong, Taylor, Mbabu

Ref: Mike Dean

Crowd: 52,107

Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after the match HERE and for Alan Pardew’s post-game chat go HERE.

To view the player ratings and to add your own go HERE.