Warnock is loving the character of his Crystal Palace stars

Happy man: Neil Warnock

Happy man: Neil Warnock

First published in Football Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock praised his new players after a ding-dong Premier League draw at Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Eagles picked up their first point of the new season when Wilfried Zaha fired an injury time leveller at St James Park to seal a 3-3 result.

Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon were also on the scoresheet, but the Geordies led 3-2 thanks to an 88th goal before Zaha’s decisive strike.

However, Palace could have won all three points but for a contentious off-side that ruled out an earlier Zaha effort.

Warnock said: “I thought Wilf’s first goal was onside, it was very close – if you look at Fabricio Coloccini’s leg, he’s playing him onside.

“It would have made it 3-1 and I always thought you were meant to give the benefit of the doubt to the striker.”

He added: “Then to be 3-2 down, it seemed very cruel. But to come back again, it showed that character in the team I love.

“The players been superb with great character, and I can see why they got out of the trouble they were last season.”

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