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Crystal Palace 2-0 Newcastle United: Jean-Philippe Mateta scores for Eagles


Jean-Philippe Mateta scores against Crystal Palace
Jean-Philippe Mateta has scored 11 league goals for Crystal Palace this season

A double from Jean-Philippe Mateta saw Crystal Palace beat Newcastle at Selhurst Park to guarantee Premier League football for another season.

The Frenchman scored his first 10 minutes into the second half as he exchanged passes with Jordan Ayew before sliding the ball past Martin Dubravka.

He sealed the victory two minutes from time, converting from a Will Hughes cut-back for his 11th league goal of the season.

Newcastle had their best chance when Alexander Isak was sent through on goal in the first half but Dean Henderson raced out of the Palace goal to smother the shot.

Newcastle also thought they should have had a penalty late in the second half when Sean Longstaff went down after a challenge from Will Hughes but after a VAR check, nothing was given.

The victory is the Eagles third in the row and they can start looking up the table as they start to plan for a club record 12th season in the Premier League rather than worrying about the relegation battle below.

Mateta benefitting from Glasner

Jean-Philippe Mateta celebrates scoring for Crystal Palace against Newcastle
Jean-Philippe Mateta has scored two goals in six Premier League against Newcastle United

Since Oliver Glasner has been in charge of Crystal Palace, it can be argued that no player has improved more than Mateta, scoring eight times since the Austrian took charge in February

The manager praised the forward before this match for his work rate and the manner in which his runs create space for the likes of Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise, but it is his finishing which has seen him go to a different level in recent weeks.

He has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances and his tally of 11 league goals is his best since signing for Palace. He has also managed four assists across his 20 Premier League starts.

Mateta is set to have talks to extend his contract as the season heads towards its close and there is no doubt that Palace will be keen to keep him after this impressive run of form.

Newcastle second best in away defeat

Newcastle players look despondent at the final whistle after losing to Crystal Palace
Newcastle United lost against Crystal Palace for the first time in the Premier League since February 2021

Both teams came into this match looking for their third win in a row but Eddie Howe’s side never really looked like winning this one.

Newcastle had just one shot on target though Isak could have done better when played through on the Palace goal in the first half.

Newcastle may also feel they should have had a penalty after Longstaff went down in the box after Hughes’ challenge but overall they did not create enough chances to trouble the Eagles.

They face bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United on Saturday and will hope to bounce back to the form that saw them pick up 10 points from four games prior to this setback as they seek to secure European football for next season.

Player of the match

MatetaJean-Philippe Mateta

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number14Player nameMateta

  2. Squad number20Player nameA Wharton

  3. Squad number10Player nameEze

  4. Squad number7Player nameOlise

  5. Squad number19Player nameHughes

  6. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  7. Squad number2Player nameWard

  8. Squad number12Player nameMuñoz

  9. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  10. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  11. Squad number26Player nameRichards

  12. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

  13. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  14. Squad number17Player nameClyne

  15. Squad number30Player nameHenderson

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

  2. Squad number10Player nameGordon

  3. Squad number14Player nameIsak

  4. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  5. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  6. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka

  7. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  8. Squad number20Player nameHall

  9. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

  10. Squad number17Player nameKrafth

  11. Squad number32Player nameAnderson

  12. Squad number9Player nameWilson

  13. Squad number40Player nameWhite

  14. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  15. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 30Henderson
  • 17Clyne
  • 16Andersen
  • 26RichardsBooked at 41mins
  • 12MuñozSubstituted forWardat 90+4′minutes
  • 20A WhartonBooked at 66minsSubstituted forRiedewaldat 83′minutes
  • 19Hughes
  • 3Mitchell
  • 9J AyewBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOliseat 73′minutes
  • 10EzeSubstituted forSchluppat 83′minutes
  • 14Mateta

Substitutes

  • 2Ward
  • 5Tomkins
  • 7Olise
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Édouard
  • 29Ahamada
  • 31Matthews
  • 44Riedewald
  • 52Ozoh

Newcastle

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 17Krafth
  • 5Schär
  • 33Burn
  • 23MurphySubstituted forWilsonat 65′minutes
  • 36S LongstaffBooked at 77minsSubstituted forWhiteat 90′minutes
  • 39Bruno Guimarães
  • 32AndersonBooked at 80minsSubstituted forRitchieat 90′minutes
  • 10GordonBooked at 60mins
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forHallat 65′minutes
  • 14Isak

Substitutes

  • 3Dummett
  • 9Wilson
  • 11Ritchie
  • 18Karius
  • 20Hall
  • 21Livramento
  • 40White
  • 54Murphy
  • 63Parkinson

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