Newcastle United have moved into the top half of the table following a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Callum Wilson and Joelinton scored within 100 seconds of each other at the death as the Magpies bounced back following back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Southampton.

Here are five things we learned from the game.

Callum Wilson's priceless quality

Callum Wilson had to be patient but when a big opportunity came his way, in the 88th minute, the Newcastle striker certainly took it after calmly slotting the ball through Vicente Guaita's legs to break the deadlock in style.

The 28-year-old often has little to feed off yet he just has that knack of popping up inside the penalty area. Indeed, it has been far from a coincidence that when Newcastle have won this season, Wilson has inevitably scored as he did against West Ham, Burnley and Everton.

Wilson has already scored seven league goals for Newcastle this season and to put that number into perspective, the Magpies' top league goalscorer last season was Jonjo Shelvey with six.

Joelinton's persistence is rewarded

You can't fault Joelinton's heart, that's for sure. Joelinton was making his first start in six weeks and the Newcastle forward was clearly eager to make an impression on his return to the side. So much so, the hard-working Brazilian had all of Newcastle's first four efforts on goal against Palace.

Pressing high and linking play, the 24-year-old again looked more comfortable playing in that second striker role just behind Callum Wilson.

Joelinton may have the No 9 on his back but the forward is at his happiest when he can run towards goal rather than having to lead the line and hold the ball up.

Saying that, the £40m signing will still be judged on what he can do in front of goal and in a game of few big chances, Joelinton had a glorious opening just before half-time after Scott Dann gave the ball away but Vicente Guaita easily claimed the Brazilian's weak effort.

Joelinton of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United
Joelinton of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United

Then, in the second half, Joelinton appeared to mistime his jump and could not get on the end of substitute Matt Ritchie's whipped cross.

Yet, to his credit, Joelinton did not let his head drop and as well as playing in Wilson for Newcastle's opener, the Brazilian doubled the Magpies' advantage just 100 seconds later with his first league goal since June.

Federico Fernandez's big moment

This was an emotional night for Federico Fernandez. The Newcastle defender had Diego Maradona's name and signature No 10 shirt number printed on the back of his warm-up jacket ahead of the game in tribute to his compatriot, who died on Wednesday.

Maradona, like Fernandez, represented Napoli and Argentina and once sent the defender a good luck message ahead of the 2014 World Cup. The 31-year-old never forgot that.

On a night where Wilson and Joelinton will grab the headlines, Fernandez also put in a huge performance and the centre-back made a huge block to deny Cheikhou Kouyaté from close range just minutes before Wilson's opener. That was a key moment.

These are the games that will define Newcastle's season

It was not immediately apparent what exact formation Newcastle were going to line-up in when the team news dropped at 7pm - how many times have we said that this season? - but it was clear that the Magpies were going to start with a back four for the first time since October 17.

With Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden and Allan Saint-Maximin among those first-teamers absent, Bruce made four changes to his side and switched to a 4-4-2.

It was a positive move and Newcastle made an assured start as the visitors pressed Palace high in the final third. Of course, it always helps when you don't concede in the first 10 minutes as the Magpies did against Southampton and Chelsea.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United and his staff look on during a pitch inspection prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United
Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United and his staff look on during a pitch inspection prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United

Bruce does not feel his side can go toe-to-toe with the Premier League's best sides but against teams like Palace, you feel Newcastle can pick up points - if they are a little bolder.

At times, it felt like neither side wanted to take that ultimate risk to find a winner until the Magpies landed those late sucker punches.

Karl Darlow's crucial contributions

Callum Wilson has scored 58% of Newcastle's league goals this season but, at the other end of the pitch, you do wonder where the Magpies would be without Karl Darlow.

Goalkeepers are expected to make saves - it's their job, after all - but Darlow has been the busiest in the top-flight and often had to keep his side in games.

While Darlow did not have to face as many efforts on goal as he did against Southampton and Chelsea, the shot-stopper made three crucial saves when called upon to deny Eberechi Eze and Jeffrey Schlupp in the first half and Christian Benteke in the second.

Martin Dubravka's injury last summer was a big blow but it is to Darlow's credit that Newcastle have not missed the Slovakia international.