Andros Townsend scored a terrific free-kick to give Newcastle the lead against Crystal Palace.
The winger netted what could be a vitally important goal in Newcastle’s bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Townsend, signed from Tottenham for £12 million in January, was fouled by Damien Delaney and got up to smash home from 25 yards. Scroll down to watch the goal.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Rafa Benitez’s team are currently embroiled in a relegation battle with Newcastle and Sunderland.
With the Premier League’s £5.1 billion TV deal kicking in next season, the three teams are doing everything they can not to suffer the same fate as Aston Villa.
Townsend was signed by Steve McLaren before he was sacked in March. The former Tottenham winger joined Georginio Wijnaldum (£15 million), Aleksandar Mitrovic (£13.88m), Florian Thauvin (£13.76m), Jonjo Shelvey (£12m) as some of McLaren’s expensive signings.
Yet things haven’t worked out for the Magpies and, with two games remaining after today’s one, they will need more moments of magic just like Townsend’s effort.
They got one from Karl Darlow after Townsend’s opener, the goalkeeper saving former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye’s penalty.