Crystal Palace thrashed Newcastle United 5-1 in a hugely one-sided game Premier League at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle wasted no time in asserting themselves on the game, with Papiss Cisse heading them in front inside ten minutes.
Daryl Janmaat was the provider, bringing the ball forward from deep in his own half before clipping a perfect cross into the unmarked Senegalese international.
Despite the setback, Palace were unperturbed and hit back almost immediately through James McArthur. Connor Wickham’s fancy footwork on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area unlocked the defence, and McArthur slammed home via a deflection off Paul Dummett.
The goal rattled the visitors, and just five minutes after the equaliser Palace found themselves ahead.
Yannick Bolasie was the scorer, as he capitalised on some shocking Newcastle defending to drill past Rob Elliot at the near post. Coloccini and Mbemba had chances to clear it, but comically failed to do so.
It was three on the stroke of half-time thanks to Wilfried Zaha, who volleyed Connor Wickham’s cross into the floor and over the helpless Elliot.
Stern words were surely issued in the dressing room by Steve McClaren, but it had little effect. Three minutes after the restart a Yohan Cabaye free kick picked out Damien Delaney, with his flick on leaving Bolasie with a simple tap in at the back post.
Newcastle’s misery was completed in stoppage time as McArthur grabbed his second of the game after some nice work on the wing from the irrepressible Bolasie.
McClaren was heavily booed at the full time whistle, and there will now be serious questions over his future.
The result leaves Newcastle in the bottom three and with the worst goal difference in the division. Palace move onto 22 points and into the top six.
Newcastle’s torrid form looks unlikely to change over the next two games; they face a rapidly-improving Liverpool at St James’ Park next Saturday, then travel to Spurs the following weekend. Palace’s next fixture sees them go to Everton on Monday evening.