Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United 1 - 1 (Premier League 2021 Goals & Highlights)

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Interim Newcastle manager Graeme Jones hailed Callum Wilson as a "unique striker" after the 29-year-old's magnificent overhead kick earned the Magpies a point at Crystal Palace in their first match since the departure of Steve Bruce.

Newcastle were second best for the majority of the game at Selhurst Park but earned a share of the spoils when Wilson sent an acrobatic volley past Vicente Guaita after Palace had failed to clear a corner.

"He is the best matchday finisher I have worked with," said Jones, who has been placed in temporary charge following Bruce's dismissal by the club's new Saudi-backed owners on Wednesday. "That is not even half a chance and it's in the back of the net, which tells you everything about Callum Wilson.

"In training he is a good finisher, he works and is a fantastic professional, but on matchday there is a stimulation that comes out of him. He has the mentality to perform for Newcastle United."

Eagles striker Benteke had opened the scoring 11 minutes into the second half, powering a header into the bottom corner from Tyrick Mitchell's deep cross.

Benteke also struck the woodwork in both halves, heading Michael Oliseh's teasing delivery against the foot of the post in the first before sending a looping header onto the top of the crossbar in the second.

In an eventful afternoon for the Belgian striker, he spurned a glorious opportunity to restore Palace's advantage when he fired into the side-netting from James McArthur's through ball, before having a late goal ruled out by VAR for a foul against Marc Guehi.

Palace's sixth draw of the season leaves them in 15th place - five points above Newcastle, who remain second bottom on four points and without a win this season.

"It is a base for us to start," added Jones. "I would like for us to be better on the ball but that doesn't come overnight. It takes time and we've concentrated on trying to shore up a little bit and not concede as many goals.

"We have to improve, we have to be better but I have to give the lads credit, mentally and physically."

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