Oct 21, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​St James' Park
Attendance: 52,251
NewcastleNewcastle United
1-0
Crystal Palace
Merino (86')
Lejeune (21'), Lascelles (28'), Manquillo (60'), Joselu (66')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Cabaye (28'), van Aanholt (28')

Mikel Merino: 'Winning feeling is great'

Mikel Merino: 'Winning feeling is great'
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Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino hails three "important" points after he gives his side a late winner over Crystal Palace.

Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino has admitted his delight after helping his side to all three points in their encounter with Crystal Palace this afternoon.

The 21-year-old - a summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund - hit the only goal of the game, and his first for the Magpies, in the 86th minute of the encounter at St James's Park.

The result got the side back to winning ways after a run of two draws and a defeat and, rather than accepting personal plaudits after the game, Merino insisted that the points are all that matters.

"It's great, the winning feeling, so I'm really happy for the result and my first goal. The most important thing is the three points," he told reporters.

"This is a really hard team to play. They are really compact and strong. We did a great effort physically, but in the second half we had more of the ball. At the end, from a set piece, we have our three points."

Next up for Rafael Benitez's side is a trip to Burnley in nine days' time.

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