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Instant Reaction: Newcastle United 3-3 Crystal Palace

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Newcastle finally opened their account, but Crystal Palace were up to the task in a 3-3 draw.

Tony Marshall

Newcastle scored twice late to take a lead, but Crystal Palace's goal deep into stoppage time made sure that everyone went home with one point a piece.

The game got off to a dreadful start for Newcastle. Crystal Palace's first foray into Newcastle territory found the Magpie defenders out of position. A shot from Marouane Chamakh was saved by Tim Krul, but Dwight Gayle was allowed to run free and put in the rebound. With only thirty seconds gone, the Eagles had claimed the lead.

Moussa Sissoko probably had the best chance for Newcastle in the first half. Emmanuel Riviere helped lead a counter attack about ten minutes before halftime. With crisp passing and putting the ball into good spaces, Newcastle looked dangerous. The ball found itself at Sissoko's feet, but his shot was saved.

I say best chance, because when Newcastle opened their account it wasn't exactly pretty. Crystal Palace had their chances to clear the box, but could not. The ball found itself at Daryl Janmaat's feet. The Dutchman unleashed what could probably best be described as a "duck". But, the duck dipped its way through the defense and somehow slipped by Julian Speroni and hit the back of the net. It was a slump buster of a goal for Newcastle who had been approaching nearly four hours of league play with no goal.

The second half began the same way as the first with Palace getting an early goal. In the 48th minute, Jason Puncheon was left in space in the box. He had a difficult ball to handle, but with no defenders closing in on him, he made no mistake and Palace retook the lead.

Palace nearly added a third when Wilifried Zaha came on and had a glorious chance. But Tim Krul was up to the challenge and kept the lead at one. A few moments later, Newcastle's own sub, Rolando Aarons put on a flick off a header and equalized for Newcastle. With scores level and both teams looking dangerous, it set up for a frantic fifteen minutes.

Aarons nearly got his second in the 84th minute. He and Haidara used some nice passing to give Aarons some space. The youngsters curling shot was just wide of the post. However, he made up for his miss in the 89th minute when he put in a teasing shot. Speroni couldn't handle it, and the ball fell to Mike Williamson's feet. Willo was able to poke it in to give the Mags their third goal of the afternoon.

However, the lead would not last. In the fifth minute of the added seven, Zaha was finally able to beat Krul to level the scores again. It was a final twist in the tale, and the match ended 3-3.

Newcastle were able to open their account, and had some good looking goals. Aarons proved he could play at the Premier League level. But, some shaky defending left something to be desired. As it is, Newcastle secured their second point of the season, but will be left wanting more.