The five key quotes from Graeme Jones' post-Crystal Palace press conference
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Graeme Jones believes that Newcastle United's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace gave the team "something to build on".

Having come into the match at Selhurst Park on the back of two defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur, a run of results which saw Steve Bruce ultimately lost his job as manager.

Interim boss Jones has given his reaction to his first game at the helm whilst the new manager search goes on. Here are his five key quotes ahead of next weekend's clash with Chelsea at St James' Park.

"It's a base for us to start."

Admittedly some Newcastle fans weren't exactly impressed with the showing against the Eagles, but they were ultimately able to avoid defeat in South London.

Callum Wilson's stunning overhead kick got the Magpies level after Christian Benteke's opener.

Up until Norwich City's 7-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge, Newcastle did have the worst defensive record in the Premier League and this was something that Jones was keen to iron out in his spell as interim boss.

He feels that focussing on the defensive side of the game helped his team to get a result at Selhurst Park.

"We have to improve."

It wasn't all perfect for Jones' first game in charge. There were still some signs of concern, but it can't be easy trying to lift players after a dismal run of form which has seen Newcastle to win any games in any competition up to this point.

The United coach admitted that his side needed to be better, but he was keen to praise the character of the players who were "excellent physically and tactically".

Newcastle are still very much in the early stages of their new era, but they certainly have something to work on moving forwards. 

In a relegation battle, every point is vital and Jones was keen to make this point apparent.

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"Callum Wilson is the best finisher I've worked with."

Jones praised his forward's professionalism and desire to succeed following yet another goal from Newcastle's top scorer.

Wilson's goal was simply out of this world, and the ability he showed to find the top corner with his acrobatic effort was superb.

It is unfortunate for Wilson that injury has plagued his United career to this point as he could have scored so many more goals in black and white had he been able to feature more often.

It's fair to say that without Wilson could be in a much worse situation than they already are in the relegation zone.

"Joe Willock is building his fitness up."

It may have come as a surprise to see the attack-minded Joe Willock only on the bench on Saturday afternoon.

Explaining his reasoning, Jones believes that the former Arsenal man needs more time before getting back to the fantastic levels seen towards the back end of the 2020/21 season where he was scoring for fun.

Willock barely featured for the Gunners before making his move to Tyneside a permanent one in the summer and Jones seems cautious of bringing him into the side on a regular basis too soon.

However, the temporary boss does feel that Willock can have a big future at the club and in the game and he was one player who the new consortium running the club may hope to help develop. 

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"Joelinton's got a good base."

It seems that Jones was considering Joelinton as a started in Saturday's match, but he felt that the system deployed on the day wouldn't suit the Brazilian.

The performance was poor as a whole, but Joelinton didn't cover himself in glory in the previous week's loss to Spurs.

Joelinton featured on the bench against Palace, mainly as Jones felt that the former Hoffenheim man is better suited to a wide-left position, rather than as a forward.

He is another player the Jones reckons can be useful for the Magpies in the future if he can find his shooting boots and score more goals.

Various players in the Bundesliga described Joelinton as a difficult player to face, but Newcastle fans are still waiting to see this kind of form more than two years after he joined.

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