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Palace win in pictures

Mikel Merino's first goal for Newcastle United gave the Magpies victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The silky Spaniard - whose loan move from Borussia Dortmund was made permanent eight days earlier - headed home from Matt Ritchie's corner to break the Eagles' resistance at St. James' Park.

It looked as if Rafa Benítez's side were heading for a third Premier League draw in a row, but they refused to settle for anything less than three points.

And club photographer Serena Taylor was there to bring nufc.co.uk another great gallery. 

Before the game, there was another impressive flag display in the Gallowgate End

Rafa Benítez acknowledges the home support

Jonjo Shelvey controls the ball

Florian Lejeune had another solid game at the heart of United's defence

Matt Ritchie claimed yet another assist on Saturday

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot makes an acrobatic headed clearance

Jonjo Shelvey shakes off former Magpies man Yohan Cabaye

Rafa Benítez passes on instructions to his players

Joselu is booked by referee Stuart Attwell

Mikel Merino is taken down by Wilfried Zaha

Andros Townsend looks to find a way past Javier Manquillo

DeAndre Yedlin drives forward from right-back

Florian Lejeune passes the ball

Christian Atsu was a constant threat out wide

Matt Ritchie tussles with Mamadou Sackho

Rafa Benítez ponders his next move

Mikel Merino rises above the visitors' defence to score the only goal

Mikel Merino celebrates his all-important header

Merino certainly enjoyed his first United goal

St. James' Park was again sold out for the game 

The groundsmen get straight to work after the final whistle

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