NEWCASTLE WERE LEFT frustrated after having to settle for a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League today.
Mohamed Diamé gave the Magpies a first-half lead with a goal on 22 minutes.
However, Rafa Benitez’s side were punished 10 minutes after the break, as Luka Milivojević equalised from the penalty spot, after Ciaran Clark had been penalised for a needless jersey tug on Christian Benteke.
The Irish international partially atoned for his error in the dying stages, however, as he cleared a Benteke attempt off the line.
The Magpies are only one point above the relegation zone in 16th place after failing to win for a fourth consecutive league match.
Palace, without a win in their last three league games, are two points ahead of Newcastle.
The visitors had gone in front in the 22nd minute.
Kenedy swung a low delivery into the penalty area that Milivojevic missed and when Martin Kelly failed to track Diame’s run, the Senegal midfielder was free to finish from close-range.
But Newcastle defender Clark conceded a 55th minute penalty when he bundled over Christian Benteke after the striker leaped to reach Wilfried Zaha’s cross.
Serbian midfielder Milivojevic sent his spot-kick towards the bottom corner and although Karl Darlow got a hand to the ball, he was unable to prevent it reaching the back of the net.
Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey was fortunate not to concede another penalty for a blatant tug on James McArthur’s shirt as the Magpies held on.
Additional reporting by AFP
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