Gary Cahill marked his return with the decisive goal as Crystal Palace came from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle and claim back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since September.
The England defender struck with a 25th-minute header to seal an entertaining encounter at a wintry St James’ Park four minutes after Jairo Riedewald, who had also been named only among the substitutes against Wolves at the weekend, had blasted them level from 25 yards to cancel out Jonjo Shelvey’s early opener.
Palace were forced to weather a storm both on and off the pitch as Steve Bruce’s men, boosted by their win at Everton on Saturday, threw everything they had at the visitors in a decidedly open game, but although the Magpies dominated the second half, they were unable to find a way back into it.
Having seen his side set a fresh benchmark at Goodison Park on Saturday, Bruce demanded more of the same and got it within 71 seconds of kick-off.
Miguel Almiron ran on to Ryan Fraser’s back-header and lifted the ball over defender Scott Dann before crossing for Callum Wilson to control and then find Shelvey, who thumped a skidding shot past the helpless Vicente Guaita.
But Jamal Lewis did just enough to deny the visitors a 13th-minute equaliser as Jordan Ayew dived to head Eberechi Eze’s delivery towards goal after Michy Batshuayi had picked him out wide on the left.
Wilson might have added a spectacular goal to the two he scored at Everton when he instinctively back-heeled Fraser’s deflected effort just over Guaita’s crossbar five minutes later with play switching rapidly from end to end as the Eagles found their feet.
However, Palace turned the game on its head as the Magpies’ defence were found wanting twice inside four minutes.
They were back on level terms with 21 minutes gone when Patrick Van Aanholt exploited the space he was afforded on the left to send in a cross which Lewis just managed to reach before Ayew, but he could only serve the ball up to the fast-arriving Riedewald, who smashed it gleefully past keeper Karl Darlow with the help of a deflection off Ciaran Clark.
Newcastle succumbed once again when Fabian Schar lost Cahill and saw the defender meet Eze’s free-kick with a thumping header which made it 2-1.
Shelvey and Fraser both failed to make the most of Wilson’s barnstorming run of the half-hour when the former stumbled and the latter scuffed his shot at Guaita, but the keeper preserved his side’s lead when he got a hand to Fraser’s lofted 34th-minute shot after he had been played in by Wilson.
The Magpies took control as the first half entered its closing stages and maintained it throughout the second with Wilfried Zaha’s 58th-minute departure through injury further denting the Eagles’ ability to get up the pitch.
But for all the constant probing of Shelvey, Fraser and Almiron, Guaita remained largely untroubled and substitutes Andros Townsend and Andy Carroll both passed up glorious opportunities to change the shape of the game at the death.