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Saturday 30 August 2014 | St. James' Park | Kick-off 15:00

Newcastle
Newcastle
0 - 0
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace
 
 

Match preview

Neil Warnock is relishing the chance to start his second stint as Crystal Palace manager at Newcastle United on Saturday.

The sides meet at St James' Park only three days after Warnock was confirmed as the man to succeed Tony Pulis, who left Palace on the eve of the new Barclays Premier League season.

Warnock was named as the man to take Palace forward, having guided the club to the Championship play-offs in 2008 before leaving for Queens Park Rangers in 2010 as administration gripped Selhurst Park. And the 65-year-old believes that Palace's team spirit will prove to be a key factor in their battle for top-flight survival this season.

"They're a good group of players, they work hard for each other, so the sooner I can get cracking the better," he said. "Last year epitomised that. You can't do anything without team spirit and I think they had it in abundance.

"We've all got to work hard to get that resilience again, get that clean sheet mental attitude and the lads up front have got to be a bit freer and take a bit more responsibility to try and score more goals. It's an adventure we've all got to go into now without fear and enjoy it."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew - a former Palace player - has backed Warnock to succeed at a club his side are scheduled to meet twice in the space of a month.

"He's been a manager of Palace before, so he knows the club," he said. "I think it's probably a good signing for them in terms of experience.

"We meet them in the [Capital One] Cup as well, so we will see his reign close hand. His first and maybe fourth or fifth game."

Warnock faces a difficult first match in charge, though. Palace have not beaten Newcastle in their last eight attempts in all competitions, losing seven.

But the former Sheffield United and Leeds United manager will not be the only familiar face in the Palace ranks on Saturday, with Wilfried Zaha returning to the club on a season-long loan from Manchester United on Thursday.

The winger's arrival should provide an added boost to the squad, with Joe Ledley (groin) and Scott Dann (thigh) the only expected injury doubts.

Warnock will also be lifted with the news that Yannick Bolasie has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

Newcastle's Jack Colback will have a spring in his step after being called up to the England squad for the first time, but Cheick Tiote (hamstring) and Papiss Cisse (knee) are among the players who will not be involved.

Newcastle United (from): Alnwick, Elliot, Krul, Coloccini, Dummett, Ferguson, Haidara, Janmaat, Satka, Streete, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Aarons, Abeid, Anita, Ben Arfa, Bigirimana, Cabella, Colback, De Jong, Gutierrez, Obertan, Sissoko, Vuckic, Ameobi, Armstrong, Ferreyra, Gouffran, Perez, Riviere.

Crystal Palace (from): Hennessey, Kettings, Price, Speroni, Binnom-Williams, Dann, Delaney, Hangeland, Kelly, Mariappa, McCarthy, Ramage, Ward, Bannan, Boateng, Bolasie, De Silva, Garvan, Guedioura, Jedinak, Kebe, Ledley, O’Keefe, Puncheon, Thomas, Williams, Campbell, Chamakh, Gayle, Murray, Zaha.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Mike Jones Assistants: S Burt, M Scholes Fourth Official: K Friend

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Manager Neil Warnock

Current form

Last six matches

drawn

0 - 0 v Aston Villa (A) 23 Aug 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Man City (H) 17 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

3 - 0 v Cardiff (H) 03 May 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Man City (H) 17 Aug 2014

Current form

Last six matches

lost

1 - 3 v West Ham (H) 23 Aug 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Arsenal (A) 16 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

0 - 1 v West Ham (A) 19 Apr 2014

lost

1 - 3 v West Ham (H) 23 Aug 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Newcastle Crystal Palace

Sat 22 Mar 2014 | St. James' Park | Attendance: 51,588

Newcastle 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
  • Papiss Demba Cissé (90+4)
  Possession
Newcastle 72%
Crystal Palace 28%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Newcastle 8 8
Crystal Palace 1 5
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Newcastle 4 0 0
Crystal Palace 8 1 0
Total 12 1 0
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