BBC pundit says Newcastle United's Andros Townsend has made all the difference

Newcastle United defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at St. James’ Park.

Former player Steve Stone says Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend has been a real inspiration these past three or four weeks as his side edge closer to safety, the BBC report.

The talented winger joined the Magpies from Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window.

Despite a slow start to his Newcastle career, Townsend has really taken off under new boss Rafa Benitez and he once again found the net from range as his free-kick was enough to see off Crystal Palace.

Commenting on BBC Radio Five Live, former Newcastle coach Stone had nothing but praise for the England international and highlighted how has made all the difference in the past few weeks.

“Townsend has been the inspiration for Newcastle for the last three or four weeks and once again he has come up with the goods,” Stone explained.

“It is a great strike, he goes for the far corner and wrong foots Wayne Hennessey, who is nowhere near it."

Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Alan Pardew’s side has seen them momentarily leapfrog both Norwich City and North East rivals Sunderland, with the latter being held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke City.

The Magpies have now collected eight points in their last four matches, and next week’s trip to an already relegated Aston Villa represents another great opportunity to claim all three points.

It has been some turnaround for Newcastle, and with the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Jamaal Lascelles and Townsend now hitting top form, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see them survive.

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