Newcastle responded to a late flurry from Crystal Palace by snatching victory at Selhurst Park with two late goals, Callum Wilson and Joelinton combining to deadly effect.
After a dull game of football featuring few clear-cut chances, Palace turned up the heat with five minutes to go.
But the move turned into disaster when Newcastle’s forwards clinched a fantastic victory at the death for Steve Bruce’s side.
The Magpies dominated a first half in which, early on, the hosts allowed their visitors to have all the ball. That tactic showed immediate signs of failing, but Joelinton’s long shot after eight minutes sailed high and wide.
Bruce‘s side continued to be the most productive throughout the half. Indeed, it took 25 minutes for Roy Hodgson’s Palace to register a shot on goal.
Eberechi Eze, who has shown strong form of late, fired from a way out and but Newcastle stopper Karl Darlow parried the effort away.
That shot seemed to spark impetus into Palace‘s ranks as, five minutes later, they had their best chance of the half. Darlow produced another save, this time from Jeffrey Schlupp, before Eze’s weaving run produced a solid effort.
Schlupp’s header wide was the only other noteworthy effort in what was overall a timid first 45 minutes.
In the first forays of the second half, both sides tried their hands unsuccessfully at breaking the deadlock. Eze and Jonjo Shelvey both failed to create anything special with their set pieces.
But another big chance then came Newcastle – and Callum Wilson’s – way. The Englishman, who had previously offered nothing, latched onto Manquillo’s cross before heading just past the far corner.
The game then opened up further, with more opportunities. Newcastle midfielder Matt Ritchie’s cross towards Joelinton was delightful, but the forward could only glance and spin the ball wide.
Straight up the other end, Palace substitute striker Christian Benteke dragged a shot wide.
And despite Palace going all-out attack in the final five minutes with further efforts from Cheikhou Kouyate and Patrick van Aanholt, it was Newcastle who snatched victory with even less time on the clock.
Wilson, with only his second noteworthy contribution of the evening, slotted past Vicente Guaita after Joelinton’s assist.
It then got even better for Newcastle when Wilson turned provider for Joelinton, who – after his teammate’s pass – ran into space and beat Guaita with a deflected shot off Gary Cahill.