Scott Dann 4; Ciaran Clark 8, Joelinton 7: Crystal Palace v Newcastle player ratings

Two late goals earn Magpies 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park

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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce hopes club record signing Joelinton is beginning to find his feet on Tyneside after providing a late goal and assist in Friday's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

With Palace badly missing the creative presence of Wilfried Zaha due to a positive coronavirus test, the match seemed to be meandering towards a goalless stalemate until the visitors struck twice in the final two minutes.

Joelinton first played creator for Callum Wilson to score his seventh goal since a £20 million ($26.6m) move from Bournemouth with a calm close range finish.

The Brazilian then bagged just his third Premier League goal since a £40m transfer from Hoffenheim in July 2019 as he cut inside Scott Dann and saw his effort deflect in off Gary Cahill.

"It doesn't matter about the price tag and where you come from, sometimes you need time. In Joe's case, the price tag and No 9 shirt meant he struggled at times," said Bruce. "But the kid wants to do well. We are starting to see him now with his strength."

Victory took the Magpies above Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal in the Premier League table to 10th.

A second consecutive defeat for Palace sees the Eagles slip to 13th.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: "It's frustrating because I know we can play better and then the goals came so late. But all credit to Newcastle – they did exceptionally well to defend the way they did and to win it is a bonus for them.

"This is not a performance we can be particularly proud of. We have to accept that if we want to get points on the board then we need to do better."

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