Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has heaped praise on his in-form striker Callum Wilson after netting his seventh goal of the Premier League campaign in Friday’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Wilson broke the deadlock in the 88th minute after a neat pass from Joelinton, before the Brazilian grabbed one of his own a minute later, with the aid a deflection off Gary Cahill.
The result lifts the Magpies up to 10th, while Palace slip down to 13th as they continue to miss Wilfried Zaha who is unavailable after testing positive to COVID-19.
But 28-year-old Wilson, who joined Newcastle from relegation Bournemouth in September, continues to be a key member with his seven goals for a side who’ve only scored 12.
“Callum is a goal scorer and he has that instinct,” Bruce said about the four-time England international.
“That’s his seventh goal now and that’s a tremendous return.”
Bruce continued: “Both teams find it difficult to score a goal and we were looking for that little bit of quality. We weren’t clinical enough and I thought it was going to cost us, but then we got it for the goals.”
Palace boss Roy Hodgson bemoaned a poor display as his side slumped to its third loss in four games.
“All defeats hurt and this one did as we didn’t play well,” Hodgson said.
“I didn’t think we were going to lose; I didn’t think we would win it either. So to lose it is a bitter blow.”
Strugglers West Bromwich and Sheffield United meet, while Everton are at home to Leeds United with both sides looking to correct after recent blips after strong starts.