Five things we learned about Newcastle from the draw at Palace

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Newcastle United battled their way to a point against Crystal Palace last night.

Newcastle United secured a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace last night thanks to a goal from Papiss Cisse, which left John Carver stressing the positive of another unbeaten match to the BBC after the game.

Here are five things we learned from the performance.

Failure to hold onto a lead

For a second game in a row, Newcastle failed to hold onto a lead. They conceded a late equaliser against Stoke last weekend and Palace came back into the game in the second half last night. John Carver will be working on ways for his defence to become more resilient.

No Pardew hangover

There was no hangover from the Alan Pardew era. There were no signs of the old boss working his side out tactically and Newcastle coped well with the way Palace set their stall out over the early part of the game.

Common sense from Carver

Carver’s substitutions may have raised a few eyebrows when Newcastle could have pushed on to try and win the game. However, he showed the intelligence to close out the game and protect the point that will be valuable to the Magpies over the rest of the season.

Carver the leader

The Guardian is among the sources to carry quotes from Carver in relation to a coin, which narrowly missed the eye of Fabricio Coloccini. It was an appalling incident and one which allowed Carver to show his leadership qualities in terms of the way he protects his players.

Momentum is growing

Newcastle are building some momentum under Carver and are stringing out an unbeaten run. They may be disappointed to have conceded an equaliser for a second game running, but they improved the gap over Everton and are still in touch with the first half of the table.

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