Boo Boys Take Aim At ....

Andros Townsend has described the boos Newcastle United fans directed at him as "pantomime stuff" - and believes such a response from Magpies supporters proves how well he must have performed during his time on Tyneside.

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The former United winger returned to St James' Park with Crystal Palace on Saturday and, though the England international had a quiet game himself, the Eagles returned to south London with all three points.

Although Newcastle dominated large spells of the game and wasted a succession of chances, Luka Milivojevic scored the winner from the penalty spot late on after Wilfried Zaha was up-ended in the area by DeAndre Yedlin.

Throughout the match, Townsend was booed by a vocal minority of Newcastle fans, who have clearly never forgiven the 27-year-old for departing following relegation in 2016.

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Magpies manager Rafa Benitez attempted to convince Townsend to stay on at least three occasions - and has attempted to re-sign the winger on several occasions since - but the England international departed, having scored an impressive four goals in 13 United appearances.

"It was pantomime stuff, I didn't mind that," Townsend replied when asked how he felt about being booed by Newcastle fans.

"They know I did a good job when I was here so really it doesn't matter. I'll always be grateful to them for the support they gave me.

"Anyway, that shows I must have done a good job when I was here. It's a fantastic club with fantastic supporters. [They have] great players, a great pitch, a great stadium, and it's always nice to come back.

"At the minute we've [Palace have] not got consistency; look at our results this season, after winning at Man City, we were held at home by Cardiff and no one expected us to beat a Newcastle side who've been winning at home this year.

"We can be a great side on our day, we've got great players and hopefully that consistency will come next season.

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"We still want to finish this one as well as possible, backing up [these] victories. Next season's all about working harder to back up victories like this."

Townsend was the player who Florian Lejeune had just tackled before the Frenchman suffered a serious knee injury on the hour mark after landing awkwardly as he attempted to plant his left foot.

The winger was not to blame for the incident - it was rather innocuous - but Townsend has wished Lejeune a speedy recovery, particularly considering the Newcastle defender only returned in January following a serious knee-ligament injury which kept him out of the first half of the campaign.

"I was on the floor as well, he came from behind and tackled me and he hurt his knee," Townsend added of the Lejeune incident.

"I think he's just come back from a knee injury so my heart goes out to him; it looks quite serious, and hopefully he makes a speedy recovery and gets back to playing football ASAP.

"Whether it's a team-mate or someone on the opposition, no-one likes to see things like that."