Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, who left the Magpies 45 days ago to take over at Palace, earned a point in his first match against his former side.

Palace dominated the opening half; they had lost eight of their previous 10 matches against Newcastle and were determine not to let the same result occur. Fraizer Campbell, who replaced the injured Arsenal loanee Yaya Sanogo in the 26th minute, almost made an immediate impact, but his header was disallowed.

Newcastle took the lead with their second shot on target, as Papiss Cisse, 29 nodded in Daryl Janmaat's fine cross three minutes before the break.

This was Cisse's tenth goal in just 16 Premier League games this season. But while celebrating the goal, the Magpies' skipper Fabricio Coloccini, 33, appeared to be struck by an object thrown from the crowd.

The Magpies' lead at the half time forced the home side to re-group in the second half; Pardew introduced Dwight Gayle and Yannick Bolasie, with a quarter of the game remaining. Bolasie came back from the African Cup of Nations on Saturday, where he played for the hosts, Equatorial Guinea, in the third place play-off. The winger made an instant mark on the game, delivering a superb cross from the right, at which Fraizer Campbell flung himself to score beyond a despairing Tim Krul, 26.

Campbell's equaliser in the 71st minute came much to the delight of Pardew on the touchline; the goal secured a draw for the Premier League strugglers.

Palace continued to probe for a winner and were denied in the final stages of the game, when Brede Hangeland rose high with a powerful header from a corner, only to be saved by the outstretch gloves of Tim Krul.

The game finished as a stalemate, with a point each.

The battling point highlights the impressive run the Eagles have made since Pardew's appointment; they have displayed an excellent team work, which has now rewarded them with 10 out of possible 15 points in the league. The Eagles are now 13th in the league, just two places below Newcastle, and they were eight places below them when Pardew switched sides.