Andros Townsend couldn’t get away quick enough when Newcastle were relegated in May 2016.
Now 17 months later, the winger came up against his former club for the first time.
A late Mikel Merino header proving the difference between the two sides, on a day when chances and entertainment were at a premium.
Andros Townsend says it is hard to take when you lose out to a set-piece but Palace failed to get a shot on target, so not too sure the visitors deserved anything.
Townsend accepts Palace deserved not to win but claims that was also the case with Newcastle.
However, the league table on Sunday morning shows Newcastle sixth and Crystal Palace 20th, NUFC fully 11 points ahead.
You have to wonder what was going through Townsend’s head as the Palace players made their way back to London on Saturday night, whether leaving Newcastle after only 12 starts was really the brightest thing to do…
“Obviously the dressing room is very disappointed to lose this (Newcastle) game as we came with a game plan which worked to a T but to get undone by a set-piece is difficult to take.
“We now have to dust ourselves down and move on.
“You get some for and against you in a season where deflections play their part and we had one last week which went our way with our opening goal.
“We can’t complain but as you look across the whole game, I would say neither side deserved to win this one with there not being many clear cut chances, so the game deserved a draw but we need to defend until the end of the match but unfortunately we didn’t today.
“We had a fantastic result last weekend and then in this game, came away from home against a good side that are set up really well but we almost got a point out of this one.
“We are moving in the right direction and unfortunately today wasn’t our day.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0
Newcastle: Merino 86
Possession was Palace 45% Newcastle 55%
Total shots were Palace 10 Newcastle 7
Shots on target were Palace 0 Newcastle 3
Corners were Palace 5 Newcastle 3
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden (Merino 56), Atsu, Perez (Diame 66), Joselu (Mitrovic 78)
Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Murphy
(Read what Rafa had to say after the match HERE)
(Garth Crooks believes Newcastle could win the Premier League if Rafa is given right resources – Read HERE)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Palace match HERE)
(Alan Shearer reacts to win over Palace HERE)
(Amusing Roy Hodgson hard luck story after final whistle HERE)