Palace penalty earns a point

04 February 2018 12:49:40 EST
Luka Milivojevic

Crystal Palace came from a goal down to save a point at home to Newcastle and keep a three-point cushion over the bottom three.

Mohamed Diame had given Rafael Benitez's side the lead at Selhurst Park, but Luka Milivojevic secured a deserved draw for the home side from the penalty spot early in the second half.

We've shown we have got a lot of fight and can hopefully get out of this relegation battle.

Karl Darlow

United arrived in London outside the bottom three on goal difference alone but took a step towards survival with Diame's goal midway through the first half after a corner.

That goal came against the run of play, the Eagles generally dominating and their good run under Roy Hodgson continued as they earned a point with Milivojevic converting the penalty after Ciaran Clark was adjudged to have pulled Christian Benteke's shirt in the area.

So both sides had to settle for a point and that keeps Palace in mid-table in the Premier League three points away from the bottom three.

Newcastle meanwhile are in 16th place, just a point clear of the drop zone in a congested bottom half of the table with just three points separating Huddersfield at second bottom and Watford who are 11th.

After the match Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow said it was a good, deserved point for the visitors.

He said: "First half we were very good and had a lot of chances, played some good football, second half they came back at us and we did well to hold on to a draw.

"(My head) is woodwork at the minute, not my friend! But we've shown we have got a lot of fight and can hopefully get out of this relegation battle."

Palace are next in action on Saturday when they travel to take on Everton at Goodison Park.

They are 3/1 for a win with Sam Allardyce's team 11/10 and the draw priced at 23/10.

Palace are 9/1 to win the game 1-0.

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