Interim boss Jones wants Newcastle to build on Palace draw

Jones, who was previously Steve Bruce's assistant, will also be in charge of Newcastle's next league match against Chelsea as the club search for a new manager.

Newcastle United's caretaker manager Graeme Jones gives instructions to his players during the 1-1 Premier League draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday.   -  Action Images via Reuters

Newcastle United interim manager Graeme Jones said his team was nowhere near its best in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace but encouraged it to use the result as a platform to improve its league position.

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson's acrobatic strike cancelled out Christian Benteke's opener as the visitor sealed a point in its first game since the exit of manager Steve Bruce following the takeover of the club by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium.

The club is still seeking its first league victory this season and remains second-bottom on four points from nine games but Jones said he was happy with its solid display.

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"I'm pleased we got something out of it. We deserved that for our organisation, understanding and mentality," Jones told Sky Sports.

"It's far from where I want to be, on the ball in particular. On the turnover, our first pass could be better at times, but it was a solid place to start from. We'll look to build and improve for as long as I'm doing this.

"Overall, I'm really pleased. It was a solid performance, particularly off the ball. On the ball, we need to be better, but that won't happen overnight. I'm delighted with a draw because it gives us somewhere to start from."

Jones, who was previously Bruce's assistant, will also be in charge of Newcastle's next league match against Chelsea as the club search for a new manager.

Sky Sports reported that former AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca, who was on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur earlier this year, was among a number of contenders for the job.

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