Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace: Winners and Losers from Premier League Game
Newcastle United and Crystal Palace played in one of the most exciting clashes thus far of the English Premier League season at St. James' Park.
The two sides drew 3-3 in a match that was brought to life by a few young substitutes.
The six-goal shootout saw Palace score 31 seconds in and in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time.
Newcastle countered with a terrific performance from Rolando Aarons, who will no longer be an unknown quantity.
Continue reading on for a look at the biggest winners and losers from the exciting draw.
Winner: Rolando Aarons
In the 67th minute, Newcastle brought on 18-year-old Rolando Aarons to try and provide a spark in the side. By the time the match ended, the Magpies found themselves a future star.
Aarons was terrific throughout his 23 minutes of play, as he was responsible for both second-half goals scored by the home side.
In the 73rd minute, Aarons headed home a corner, and his shot off the post in the 88th minute allowed Mike Williamson to put Newcastle ahead by a goal.
In between the two goals, Aarons was a complete menace to the Palace back four. To become a stud off the bench for the rest of the season, the youngster will have to provide the same impact in a few more matches.
Winner: Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace also brought on a game-changing substitute Saturday in the form of Wilfried Zaha.
On his return to Palace, Zaha was dangerous from his 70th-minute entrance on, and he was finally rewarded for his efforts with the late equalizer.
Zaha did not display form like this at Manchester United, but if he continues to star like he did Saturday, Palace will be in terrific shape in attack, especially if Zaha connects well with the likes of Dwight Gayle, Jason Puncheon and Marouane Chamakh.
Losers: Tim Krul and Julian Speroni
The first sign of a rough day for the goalkeepers came in the first minute, when Tim Krul let a rebound find the feet of Dwight Gayle on the first Palace goal.
Neither Krul nor his goalkeeping counterpart Julian Speroni had a strong day in net, especially on the six combined goals that they conceded.
Speroni's biggest mistake of the day came on the third Newcastle goal, as he was left mesmerized by the chip sent in by Aarons that hit the far post.
The Palace keeper did not give himself enough time to recover, and he let Williamson, who had already started his celebration, tap the ball in.
Loser: Marouane Chamakh
One of the few players to have a bad day at St. James' Park was Marouane Chamakh.
The Palace forward was booked in the 44th minute for a clumsy challenge on Jack Colback, but that wasn't his worst moment of the match.
Just a few minutes after the second half began, Chamakh was forced to leave the match after he pulled up lame near the middle of the pitch.
Winner: Mike Williamson
After being sent off for a second yellow last week against Aston Villa, Williamson played the role of hero for Newcastle with his 88th-minute goal.
Williamson, who made his club debut against Crystal Palace on January 27, 2010, scored his first goal for the club after the shot from Aarons bounced off the post.
Before he tapped home the goal, Williamson already had his arms up in the air because he was under the assumption that the ball was going to hit off the woodwork and into the net without his assistance.
Winner: Neil Warnock
Not many people knew what to expect out of Palace in Neil Warnock's first game in charge, but he was able to get the most out of his side.
Palace showed an immediate pulse in attack with the first-minute goal from Gayle, and instead of getting down on themselves after the Williamson goal, they responded with an equalizer.
If the Eagles can continue to play with the same inspiration that they did Saturday, Warnock should have no problem keeping his side in the top flight for another season.
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