Angry Newcastle fans turn on owner Mike Ashley in Crystal Palace draw

Newcastle’s bad-tempered protests turned ugly when a bottle thrown onto the Selhurst Park pitch struck Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the two clubs’ goalless Premier League draw.

The travelling supporters met owner Mike Ashley’s first appearance at a Newcastle game since May 2017 by launching sustained chanting against his stewardship of the Tyneside club.

After repeated chants of “You fat cockney b******, get out of our club” and “We want Ashley out” though, one supporter among the Newcastle enclosure
saw fit to throw a bottle at Palace right-back Bissaka.

The England Under-21 star appeared unhurt by the incident and played on without issue or, it seemed, complaint.

Newcastle had already equalled their worst start to a Premier League campaign from 1999-2000 with their return of one point from five matches,
and continue to seek their first victory after another toothless showing.

Palace are yet to win at home this season and wasted by far the better of the chances on the day in an admittedly low-quality affair.

Driving rain drummed home the harsh realities that winter is coming, and on this evidence lean times could await both clubs.

A listless first half punctuated by a paucity of chances, and those that did come spurned, failed to warm up the dank and damp south London setting.

The unmarked James McArthur almost insulted the quality of Andros Townsend’s far-post cross by heading high and wide.

Ayoze Perez hardly resembled a footballer when realising he was clean through on Palace’s goal, only to side-foot tamely and straight at Wayne

Cheikhou Kouyate needed more power too when flicking goalwards from 18 yards, gifting Martin Dubravka an easy clean-up job.

Luka Milivojevic’s whipped free-kick then caught Newcastle square at the back, only for James Tomkins’ softest of flicks to rebound off the far

Ten more minutes of meandering after the break and finally both teams realised a victory was there for the taking.

Neither team, however, possessed the guile to grab the spoils, leaving the hosts by far the more frustrated.

Palace’s ire reached its peak when defender Mamadou Sakho inexplicably headed wide of an open goal after another inch-perfect Townsend cross.

Not even regular match-winner Wilfried Zaha could steal it late on, dragging well wide after being gifted possession inside the Newcastle area.

- Press Association

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