Newcastle made it two defeats in two for Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace with a 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park
The Eagles have enjoyed a recent revival under their new manager, but were unable to keep the Magpies at bay for long. Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring on 25 minutes, as he combined with compatriot Moussa Sissoko to beat Julian Speroni – with the help of a deflection off of Mile Jedinak.
It then took just over 15 minutes for the travelling side to double their advantage through an own goal from Danny Gabbidon. The commanding centre-back has been one of the Londoners’ top performers in recent weeks, but suffered from a lack of concentration as he headed a Mathieu Debuchy cross past his own ‘keeper.
The game then settled down, with Palace showing some signs of a potential comeback.
However, Hatem ben Arfa – who started the game on the bench – put the result beyond all doubt with a well struck penalty with five minutes to play after Shola Ameobi was felled in the area by Jonathan Parr.
The win leaves Newcastle in sixth – just one point behind Everton – while Palace stay in the bottom three after 17 games.