A tense night with no winners on or off the pitch

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle United 1

A tense night with no winners on or off the pitch

It was rather apt that in the end there were no winners in the Alan Pardew Derby.

Not Newcastle, his former club, whose supporters hurled abuse at the 53-year-old as he stood in the Selhurst Park dugout.

Not Crystal Palace, either, although there is a feeling that they and Pardew are a far better fit than he ever was with Newcastle.

And finally, not Pardew himself. Not when after riding out a torrid storm at St James’ Park he was greeted with chants and catcalls from the supporters he effectively worked for during four years in the north-east. It can’t have been easy for him and, to be honest, he didn’t deserve it.

He had done everything he could to downplay the situation in advance, but football fans are masters at holding a grudge, particularly if it is one which is just a few weeks old.

So there were chants and there was derision for a man they always viewed as Mike Ashley’s puppet.

The Palace fans hardly covered themselves in glory, either, television replays seeming to suggest Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was hit in the face by a coin as he celebrated the opener from Papiss Cisse.

That goal was cancelled out in the second-half by Fraizer Campbell, benefiting from a magnificent return to Premier League action by substitute Yannick Bolasie, but in truth this felt like a game both teams simply just wanted to get out of the way.

In all likelihood neither will get sucked into the relegation zone and neither have loftier ambitions for the remainder of the season. This represented a dangerous, potentially difficult night for both Pardew and his former assistant turned Newcastle caretaker John Carver.

Pardew attempted to play down the bitterness, using his programme notes to insist he bore “no grudge” against the Newcastle fans and asking instead that they “cherished” the good times they had enjoyed together.

Newcastle fans would contend those days were few and far between, but the atmosphere was still bubbling at kick-off.

That atmosphere dissipated as the two teams succeeded in cancelling each other out, though.

But that changed just before the interval with the first moment of real quality we had seen all evening.

Right-back Daryl Janmaat was the creator, storming down the right before curling a cross perfectly on to the head of Cisse, who headed home unopposed.

The striker, whose goals had kept Pardew in a job earlier this season, celebrated in front of the Holmesdale End, a decision that did not go down well with the home supporters as Coloccini appeared to be hit by a coin.

Newcastle sat back, content to soak up pressure. They were doing so without alarm until Bolasie — recently returned from African Cup of Nations duty with DR Congo — emerged from the bench.

His first contribution was superb, a wonderful cross just begging to be prodded home by Campbell. The striker obliged, although Wilfried Zaha could not do the same from another chance created by Bolasie moments later.

That was pretty much that. A game to be endured rather than enjoyed for everyone involved, with no winners in this particular derby.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni 7; Ward 7, Delaney 6, Hangeland 6, Kelly 6 (Bolasie, 68, 9); McArthur 7, Ledley 7, Puncheon 6, Zaha 6; Sanogo 6 (Campbell, 26; 7), Chamakh 6 (Gayle, 66, 7).

NEWCASTLE: Krul 7; Janmaat 7, Coloccini 7, Williamson 7, Haidara 7; Colback 7, Sissoko 6; Cabella 6 (Dummett, 86; 6), Perez 5 (Riviere, 90; 6), Gouffran 6; Cisse 7 (Abeid, 78; 6).

Referee: Andre Marriner.

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