Premier League: Newcastle boss Steve Bruce hopeful about Joelinton's campaign after Brazilian’s late strike against Crystal Palace

With Palace badly missing the creative presence of Wilfried Zaha due to a positive coronavirus test, the match seemed to be meandering towards a goalless stalemate until the visitors struck twice in the final two minutes.

Agence France-Presse November 28, 2020 09:05:46 IST
Premier League: Newcastle boss Steve Bruce hopeful about Joelinton's campaign after Brazilian’s late strike against Crystal Palace

Newcastle United's Brazilian striker Joelinton celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park in south London. AFP

London: Newcastle boss Steve Bruce hopes club record signing Joelinton is beginning to find his feet on Tyneside after providing a late goal and assist in Friday's 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.

With Palace badly missing the creative presence of Wilfried Zaha due to a positive coronavirus test, the match seemed to be meandering towards a goalless stalemate until the visitors struck twice in the final two minutes.

Joelinton first played creator for Callum Wilson to score his seventh goal since a 20 million euro ($26.6 million) move from Bournemouth with a calm close-range finish.

The Brazilian then bagged just his third Premier League goal since a 40 million euro transfer from Hoffenheim in July 2019 as he cut inside Scott Dann and saw his effort deflect in off Gary Cahill.

"It doesn't matter about the price tag and where you come from, sometimes you need time. In Joe's case, the price tag and number nine shirt meant he struggled at times," said Bruce.

"But the kid wants to do well. We are starting to see him now with his strength."

Victory takes the Magpies above Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal in the Premier League table to 10th.

A second consecutive defeat for Palace sees the Eagles slip to 13th.

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