Soccer-Mateta double fires Palace to win over Newcastle

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace v Newcastle United - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - April 24, 2024 Crystal Palace's Will Hughes and Jean-Philippe Mateta in action with Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes REUTERS/David Klein

LONDON (Reuters) -Crystal Palace made absolutely sure of Premier League safety with an impressive 2-0 home defeat of Newcastle United on Wednesday with both goals scored by in-form Jean-Philippe Mateta.

It was a well-deserved third win in a row for the hosts while Newcastle's European hopes were dealt a blow with a 10th away defeat.

Mateta put Palace ahead with a well-worked goal in the 54th minute after a one-two with Jordan Ayew.

The French striker sealed the points late on with his 11th league goal of the season after good work from Will Hughes and substitute Jeffrey Schlupp.

Palace are 14th with 39 points from 34 games, 14 points above 18th-placed Luton Town who also have four games left.

"I think we are safe now and it's always a good feeling to win three games in a row," Mateta, who has scored eight of his goals since Oliver Glasner took over in February, told Sky Sports television.

"There's a lot of small things that have been changed, but the quality has always been there. We are showing it now," said Hughes.

"The Premier League is so tough. Every single game, you get no easy games. You have to work hard and do the basics to get the rewards, and that's what we've been doing the last few games."

Newcastle had only one shot on target and a 76th minute penalty appeal dismissed by the referee and VAR after Sean Longstaff went down following a tackle by Hughes.

The Magpies are now seventh and three points behind Manchester United, who beat bottom side Sheffield United 4-2 and are on 53.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman/Alan BaldwinEditing by Toby Davis)

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