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Townsend happy with hostile reception

8th April 2019, 17:30 by Tom McGarry

Andros Townsend insists he did not mind being booed by Newcastle fans during Crystal Palace's triumph at St James' Park on Saturday.

The England international played 85 minutes of the 1-0 win that has seemingly guaranteed Palace's top-flight status for next season, as they are now 11 points clear of the drop zone.

Townsend enjoyed his return to St James', a venue he knows well as he spent six months with Newcastle prior to joining Palace in 2016.

The 27-year-old impressed during his time on Tyneside, scoring four goals in 13 Premier League appearances, but that ultimately wasn't enough to preserve the Magpies top-flight status that season.

Townsend was then one of the first players to leave the club following that relegation - joining Palace in a reported £13million deal - and Newcastle fans are yet to forgive him for jumping ship and they made their feelings known during Saturday's contest.

The former Tottenham winger has now had his say on the boos, insisting that they did not affect him and it shows that Newcastle fans appreciated what he did for them during his time at the club.

"It was pantomime stuff, I didn't mind that," Townsend said. "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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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