AUDIO: Wickham stands out in record 5-1 win in ‘pivotal game’

Yannick Bolassie knocks in his second in Palace's drubbing of Newcastle

Yannick Bolasie knocks in his second in Palace’s drubbing of Newcastle

A record win in the Premier League.

And against Palace manager Alan Pardew’s former club, too.

Crystal Palace’s 5-1 win at Selhurst Park over Newcastle ended a run of disappointing results, including home defeat on Monday.

Two goals each from James McArthur and Yannick Bolasie, added to by Wilfried Zaha, after Newcastle had taken an early lead, was marked by a promising performance as provider by Connor Wickham.

Wickham’s hat-trick of assists, after an injury-affected start to his Palace career following his move from Sunderland, pleased Pardew. “He showed all the potential we hoped for as a No9 today – it was an outstanding display.

“It was a pivotal game, whoever the opposition were. Were we going to become a mid-table team and drift around, or were we going to put ourselves back in contention with the top eight sides? We’ve put ourselves back in with them and that’s where we want to be.”

Hear more of Pardew’s post-match comments here:

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[Apologies to Apple users – the audio is available in Flash format and therefore not compatible with your iPhone or iPad]

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