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Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2 – match report: Chris Wood scores equaliser at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2: Wood pegs back hosts as Selhurst spoils are shared


16:51 GMT, 20 April 2013



17:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

Chris Wood's second-half strike could not prevent Leicester slipping out of the npower Championship play-off places.

The New Zealander plundered his 20th goal of the season as the Foxes twice came from behind to grab a point at Palace.

But Bolton's win over Middlesbrough saw them leapfrog City into sixth, while Palace's hold on a play-off spot also looks far from secure.

To the rescue: Chris Wood's equaliser earned Leicester a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

To the rescue: Chris Wood's equaliser earned Leicester a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park


Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Marrow (O'Keefe 78), Dobbie (Bolasie 75), Murray,
Wilbraham (Phillips 85). Subs Not Used: Fitzsimons, Ramage, Moritz, Banton.

Booked: Moxey, Delaney, Dikgacoi.

Goals: Gabbidon 26, Dobbie 67.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Kane 90), King, James, Dyer (Gallagher 89), Schlupp (Nugent 73), Wood. Subs Not Used: Logan, Drinkwater, Whitbread, Moore.

Booked: James.

Goals: King 37, Wood 73.

Att: 18,563.

Ref: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

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The Eagles had not scored in their
previous five matches and a run of seven without win leaves them just
two points clear of Leicester in seventh.

Their eight-hour goal drought was
ended by a player who had not scored in the league for more than eight
years when Danny Gabbidon put them ahead.

City levelled before half-time through Andy King before Stephen Dobbie tucked away his fourth goal of the season for Palace.

But Wood denied Palace a welcome win when he latched onto a defensive error to fire home in the 73rd minute.

Despite their wretched run, Palace
made a bright start and Kasper Schmeichel made a fine early save to
prevent an own goal after Dobbie's corner flicked a Leicester head.

Wilfried Zaha then teed up Aaron
Wilbraham, making his first Championship start since August, but the
former Norwich striker's shot was too close to Schmeichel.

Good start: Danny Gabbidon celebrates giving Crystal Palace the lead in the first half

Good start: Danny Gabbidon celebrates giving Crystal Palace the lead in the first half

Battle: Leicester's Wes Morgan holds off Glenn Murray as they compete fro possession

Battle: Leicester's Wes Morgan holds off Glenn Murray as they compete fro possession



After those early let-offs Leicester
began to press and Jeff Schlupp was denied by Julian Speroni before Wood
and King fired off target.

But it was Palace who went ahead in
the 26th minute when Dobbie floated in a free-kick and defender Gabbidon
swept in his first league goal since March 2005.

Alex Marrow went close to doubling the advantage with a volley which Schmeichel managed to keep out.

But instead Leicester pulled level in
the 37th minute when a slick move involving Paul Konchesky and Lloyd
Dyer ended with King curling in a fine equaliser.

Shortly before the interval Marrow's deflected drive was tipped over the top by Schmeichel.

After the break Leicester should have
taken the lead when Wood knocked down Paul Konchesky's cross into the
path of Schlupp but the youngster scooped his shot over.

At the other end Glenn Murray's header set up Wilbraham, who got in front of his marker but nodded against the crossbar.

Palace's pressure told in the 67th
minute when Murray's lay-off found its way to Dobbie on the edge of the
area and the former Swansea frontman tucked away a fine strike.

But six minutes later a slip by
Damien Delaney allowed Wood to charge through one-on-one with Speroni
and he made no mistake to snatch a point.

Crystal Palace 3 Brighton 0 match report: Glenn Murray and Owen Garvan on target

Crystal Palace 3 Brighton 0: Murray hits two against former club as Eagles reach summit


17:27 GMT, 1 December 2012



17:38 GMT, 1 December 2012

Glenn Murray scored twice against former club Brighton to clinch a memorable derby victory which sent Crystal Palace to the top of the npower Championship.

The game-changing moment came after just eight minutes at Selhurst Park as Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk lost possession and saw red for bringing down the impressive Yannick Bolasie.

Owen Garvan hit the resulting free-kick against the crossbar but it was only a matter of time before the dominant Eagles broke the deadlock as Murray, who switched between the fierce rivals 18 months ago, headed home Bolasie's corner.

Coming back to haunt his former club: Glenn Murray hit two goals to down Brighton

Coming back to haunt his former club: Glenn Murray hit two goals to down Brighton

Match facts

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward (Moritz 54), Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak (Moxey 85), Zaha, Murray (Wilbraham 74), Bolasie. Subs not used: Price, Easter, O'Keefe, Gabbidon.
Booked: Dikgacoi.

Goals: Murray 38, 54 (pen), Garvan 71 (pen).

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, Dunk, Calderon, Buckley (Dicker 77), Hammond, Bridcutt, Orlandi (Crofts 45), Barnes, Mackail-Smith.
Subs not used: Brezovan, Hoskins, Dobbie, Harley, David Lopez.

Sent off: Dunk (8).

Booked: Orlandi, Kuszczak, Bridcutt, Hammond.

Att: 20,114.

Ref: Mick Russell.

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Craig Mackail-Smith should have
levelled matters immediately after half-time but could only hit a post
when clean through, and the miss proved crucial as Tomasz Kuszczak
brought down Murray in the penalty area and the striker stepped up to
fire home his 17th goal of the season from the spot.

Matters went from bad to worse for
the Seagulls in the 71st minute as Gordon Greer fouled Murray in the
area, and with the Palace striker having previously missed two penalties
this season when looking for a hat-trick, it was Garvan who converted
from 12 yards.

Close to 50 miles may separate the
two sides, who had only met six times in the past 10 years before today,
but that will not ease the pain of defeat for Brighton, who have also
seen their seven-match unbeaten run come to an end.

Impressive Palace, meanwhile, have
now lost only one of their last 17 and are unbeaten on home soil since
the opening day, with Eagles fans able to enjoy top spot for at least 24
hours until second-placed Cardiff host Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

There can be no doubt the early dismissal played a huge part in the game.
The visitors dallied with the ball at the back and paid the price as
Bolasie nicked in to grab possession, with Dunk sent off for
subsequently bringing down the Palace forward when clean through.

Garvan almost doubled Brighton's punishment but his resulting free-kick hit the top off the crossbar.

As you would expect, Palace were
doing all of the pressing and Bolasie and Garvan both tried their luck
from distance before Kagisho Dikgacoi fired straight at Kuszczak.

In on the joke: Ian Holloway and Gus Poyet share a moment at Selhurst Park

In on the joke: Ian Holloway and Gus Poyet share a moment at Selhurst Park

Palace's pressure finally paid off in the 38th minute.

Bolasie's inswinging corner was met
by the head of an unmarked Murray, back from a one-match suspension, and
he made no mistake from close range.

Julian Speroni had had next to nothing to do all half but he reacted superbly to keep out Ashley Barnes' flicked header.

Brighton's best chance came with just
62 second-half seconds on the clock as Wilfried Zaha, for all his
impressive trickery, lost the ball in the middle of the park and
Mackail-Smith was sent clear but could only find the outside of a post.

And the miss proved crucial as Palace doubled their advantage after 54 minutes.

Kuszczak brought down Murray in the penalty area and the striker picked himself up to score from the spot.

Murray headed narrowly over with a
hat-trick at his mercy but it was soon three-nil as Greer inexcusably
hauled down Murray, leaving Garvan to fire home the resulting penalty
from 12 yards.

Leeds Crystal Palace match report:

Leeds 2 Crystal Palace 1: Becchio and Green put on a show for new owners GFH Capital

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17:27 GMT, 24 November 2012



17:27 GMT, 24 November 2012

Leeds manager Neil Warnock delivered on his promise that the season started today as his side kicked off their new era by ending Crystal Palace's 14-game unbeaten run.

After six months of negotiations, United were this week bought by GFH Capital, and Warnock, having said anyone could have done his job for the first four cash-strapped months of the season, claimed today was the first day of his pursuit of a record-setting eighth promotion.

And, although the goals scored by Luciano Becchio and Paul Green do not mask the fact Leeds had gone seven without a win prior to today, leaving them far from Premier League material, this was as good a start as they and GFH could have wished for.

Starting today: Leeds United ended Palace's 14-game unbeaten run

Starting today: Leeds United ended Palace's 14-game unbeaten run


Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Tate, Lees, Peltier, Green, Tonge, Norris,
Thomas (Poleon 75), Diouf (McCormack 82), Becchio,
Poleon (Brown 90).

Subs Not Used: Ashdown, White, Gray, Hall.

Booked: Tonge.

Goals: Becchio 52, Green 76.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward (Wilbraham 90), Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Zaha, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Garvan (Moritz 65), Bolasie (Easter 68), Murray.

Subs Not Used: Price, Moxey, O'Keefe, Gabbidon.

Booked: Delaney, Murray.

Goal: Ramage 86.

Att: 20,964

Ref: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

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Equally, a first defeat since their
Capital One Cup defeat to Preston on August 28 does not spell disaster
for Palace, although Cardiff's win at Barnsley means top spot is no
longer theirs.

Manager Ian Holloway, for whom this
was a first loss since his switch from Blackpool, will point to two
contentious penalty decisions which went against England winger Wilfried
Zaha but, short of Peter Ramage's late goal, his men were undone by a
side revelling in front of playing in front of their new owners.

GFH have promised investment in
January but it was one of the players they brought in on loan yesterday,
Jerome Thomas, who took the fight to Palace early on, skinning Joel
Ward and firing in a cross which nearly led to danger.

Leeds fed off Thomas' energy and soon
Becchio was denied by Julian Speroni in the Palace goal, before the
Argentinean stopper, a summer target of Warnock, did brilliantly to get
down low and keep out David Norris after a bursting run from the

After failing to land Speroni,
Warnock tied up a deal for another of his old foot soldiers, Paddy
Kenny, and he was then called into action at the other end, getting the
slightest touch to an across-goal drive from Zaha, who outmuscled Sam
Byram to get a shot in.

Impressed: Leeds director Salem Patel cheered as one of the goals went in for his new club

Impressed: Leeds director Salem Patel cheered as one of the goals went in for his new club

He then got to work behind a routine
drive from Owen Garvan, before a brilliant double save kept his side
level. First he flung himself to his left to palm away Jonathan Parr's
curler, leaving the goal open in the process. He was up quickly, though,
shutting down Glenn Murray who looked a safe bet to grab his 16th of
the season from six yards.

Zaha was Palace's most dangerous
player – far too strong for opposite number Byram – and the two were
involved in a flashpoint on the stroke of half-time, with the former not
getting the penalty he courted after appearing to be tripped.

Fortunately for him, he received no caution for his subsequent shoving of Norris.

There was no doubt Palace had ended
the first half the better but seven minutes into the second half, they
were behind, owing largely to Ramage's failure to clear his lines. After
Lee Peltier's cross was nodded across goal by Paul Green, the
experienced defender headed it against his own man, Mile Jedinak,
allowing Becchio to pounce from two yards.

Palace's attempts at a response
inevitably went through Zaha who again thought he had claims on a
penalty when he and Byram became entangled for a second time, although
the best chances fell in Leeds' favour, with Norris drilling over after a
Byram cross fell kindly for him.

A second Leeds goal would arrive,
though, with Green's 75th-minute sweet back-post volley – after Alan
Tate's punt forward fell to him – deflecting beyond Speroni's reach.

Thinking the game was done, Warnock
sent on Ross McCormack for a first home appearance in almost three
months following injury, but Leeds were given a reality check with five
minutes left when Ramage dived to head in Kagisho Dikgacoi's cross.

With five minutes of time added
Palace had a chance to get a second, but the closest they came was
Michael Tonge booting off his own line following a scramble, and Leeds
held on.

Crystal Palace 3 Derby 0 match report:

Crystal Palace 3 Derby 0: Murray and Moritz are too hot for toothless Rams


17:42 GMT, 17 November 2012



17:42 GMT, 17 November 2012

Glenn Murray and Andre Moritz fired Crystal Palace two points clear at the top of the npower Championship.

The Eagles' in-form frontmen made it
three wins out of three for new boss Ian Holloway and stretched their
unbeaten run to 14 matches.

Hit man: Glenn Murray heads home the first goal

Hit man: Glenn Murray heads home the first goal


Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Ramage, Parr, Dikgacoi, Moritz (Garvan 76), Jedinak, Bolasie (Easter 89), Murray (Wilbraham 89), Zaha. Subs Not Used: Price, Blake, Moxey, O'Keefe.

Booked: Jedinak.

Goals: Murray 12, Moritz 58, Murray 82.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts, Coutts (Tyson 80), Hendrick, Hughes, Jacobs, Bryson, Sammon (Robinson 74). Subs Not Used: Fielding, O'Brien, O'Connor, Gjokaj, Hoganson.
Booked: Brayford, Jacobs.

Att: 16,211

Ref: Fred Graham (Essex).

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Murray grabbed his sixth and seventh goals in four games and Brazilian Moritz – whose inclusion from the start was the first change Holloway has made to the team since he took over – rifled in his third in three.

Derby, by contrast, failed to muster an effort on target and crashed to a second defeat in a week in south London following last Saturday's loss at Millwall.

And the Rams were architects of their own downfall when they gifted Murray a simple opener after 12 minutes.

Yannick Bolasie swung in a corner and the striker was left unmarked at the far post for an easy header.

They could have doubled their lead eight minutes later when Derby's defending from corner's was exposed again.

Moritz's cross was met by Palace skipper Mile Jedinak, but this time the header flashed wide.

Two much: Andre Moritz celebrates doubling advantage

Two much: Andre Moritz celebrates doubling advantage

And midway through the first half another Moritz corner caused problems with Richard Keogh almost diverting the ball into his own net.

The lively Moritz then had a shot deflected wide and, from Bolasie's corner, Jonathan Parr was just off target before Kagisho Dikgacoi played a neat one-two with Murray before blazing over.

Derby finally managed an effort of sorts two minutes before the interval but Jake Buxton's header did not trouble Palace's under-worked keeper Julian Speroni.

After the break Wilfried Zaha, fresh from his brief England debut in Sweden, showed a glimpse of his class with a trademark run and cross to Moritz, who should have doubled Palace's lead but scooped his shot over from eight yards.

Holloway does not need telling a 1-0 lead is always dangerous, especially when your team are well on top, and Keogh could have hit Palace with a sucker punch after 50 minutes but his header flew over.

But moments later they got their two-goal cushion, and in some style. Damien Delaney's ball into the area was headed down by Murray and there was Moritz to apply the finish with a sweet left-footed volley.

Dikgacoi came close with a near-post effort from Moritz's corner but his shot flew inches over, but Murray wrapped up another Palace victory with a strong run and shot into the roof of the net with nine minutes left.

Crystal Palace 2 Blackburn 0: Glen Murray strikes twice – match report

Crystal Palace 2 Blackburn 0: Murray puts Holloway on top in battle of the new bosses



17:31 GMT, 3 November 2012

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway watched a confidant performance from his new side at Selhurst Park as two Glen Murray goals gave the Eagles a deserved win over Blackburn Rovers.

The result sees Palace climb to third in the Championship, just a point behind league-leaders Cardiff while Blackburn fall to sixth place.

Holloway arrived on the pitch at half time to a huge ovation and the manager, who has always had a way with words, knew exactly what to say.

Nice one: Glenn Murray (left) took the accolades as his brace saw Blackburn off

Nice one: Glenn Murray (left) took the accolades as his brace saw Blackburn off

Match facts

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Zaha (Moxey 90), Garvan, Murray

Subs not used: Price, Blake, Wilbraham, Easter, O’Keefe, Moritz.

Goals: Murray 45, 65 pen.

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Dann, Hanley, Mn Olsson, Gamst Pedersen (Formica 59), Murphy, Etuhu, Ms Olsson (Vukcevic 72), Etuhu, Kazim Richards (Rochina 53), Rhodes

Subs not used: Kean, Orr, Ribiero, Rosado

Ref: Lee Probert

Attendance: 16,744

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‘I don’t you about you but how lucky are we to see a team like this They’re absolutely fantastic,’ he said.

Holloway’s fortune was a marked
contrast to that of new Blackburn boss Henning Berg, whose side could
not contain a dominant Palace team.

Yannick Bolasie and Owen Garvan
pulled the strings for the home side early on and Blackburn goalkeeper
Paul Robinson was forced into the first save of the match when he
acrobatically denied Damien Delaney’s header.

Despite the Eagles’ dominance,
Blackburn came closest to opening the scoring when Dickson Etuhu’s
header smacked back off the crossbar from Morten Gamst Pedersen’s
drilled corner. But it was the only effort of note in an otherwise
lifeless first-half from the visitors.

Transfer rumours persist around
Wilfried Zaha and the winger showed his quality when a clever one-two
with Glenn Murray set up Garvan, but the striker spooned his effort over
the bar.

Zaha might be Palace’s most-wanted
man, but on the opposite flank it was Bolasie causing the Blackburn
defence problems. The winger’s powerful shot was beaten away by Robinson
and moments later his header cannoned off the post from Zaha’s cross.

For all their efforts, the Eagles should have been ahead sooner than they were. But when the goal came, it was worth the wait.

When Garvan found some space on the
right, he curled a delicious left-foot cross onto the head of Glenn
Murray, whose effort flew in off the underside of the bar. It was the
perfect appetiser for Holloway’s half-time cameo.

Unveiled: Ian Holloway is Palace's new boss

Unveiled: Ian Holloway is Palace's new boss

After the break, Zaha swapped wings
with Bolasie and the youngster had the crowd on their feet with some
delightful trickery. Hanging on to the talented winger will surely be
one of Holloway’s toughest challenges.

Palace deservedly extended their lead
when Murray converted a penalty after being clumsily bundled over by
Grant Hanley. It was no more than the Eagles deserved.

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Read about Ian Holloway's unveiling as Palace manger here

And the visitors then had Robinson to
thank for keeping the score respectable when he produced a terrific
double save to deny Murray his hat trick from a second penalty.

Henley brought down Bolasie in full-flight, but Murray’s shot and
follow-up effort were both blocked.

Substitute Ruben Rochina saw a
stinging late shot clatter off the bar for Blackburn, but in truth the
visitors were lacklustre throughout.

As the final whistle blew, Holloway
can look forward to the prospect of working with an attacking Palace
side. But for Berg, the pressure is already on.

The Norwegian once said of the Blackburn job, ‘There are no real managers with credibility who would accept a job like that.’

He has since been convinced by his
new employers of the club’s direction, but with the expectation of
promotion looming, the Norwegian could not have wished for a worse

Wolves 1 Crystal Palace 2: Wilfried Zaha scores twice

Wolves 1 Crystal Palace 2: Zaha stuns hosts with inspired double



22:21 GMT, 2 October 2012

The journey from precocious talent to established star is not always a straightforward one but Wilfried Zaha appears to be treading the right path.

Turning a match on its head is never easy, especially against a defence which had not been breached for three successive games.

Zaha did that, and more, scoring two goals of exquisite individual quality to enhance his rapidly growing reputation.

Brace yourself: Zaha scored a second-half double as Palace came from behind

Brace yourself: Zaha scored a second-half double as Palace came from behind

Match facts

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley (Edwards 82), Berra, Johnson, Ward, Peszko (Sigurdarson 69), Doumbia, Henry (Davis 58), Sako,

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Henry.

Goals: Ebanks-Blake 53.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Blake, Moxey, Williams (Parr 71), Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha (Ramage 88), Murray, Bolasie (Moritz 62).

Subs Not Used: Price, Goodwillie, Wilbraham, O'Keefe.

Goals: Zaha 67, 73.

Attendance: 19,561

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

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At the point that Zaha wriggled his way through a stubborn backline, Wolves were a goal to the good thanks to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and surely expecting to make it five straight npower Championship wins.

Zaha is hardly a secret. The 19-year-old captured the imagination last season with his exploits against Manchester United in the League Cup and has been firmly anchored to Selhurst Park with a five-year contract.

Money, apparently, will not prise him away. According to manager Dougie Freedman, he will know when it is time to wave goodbye to the teenager.

‘I’ve known him since he was 14 so it’s more than a professional relationship, it’s a bit different,’ said Freedman.

‘The kid has got huge potential and hopefully can fulfil that. Off the ball he is getting better and if he develops his game he can play at the top level.

‘If I think the time is right and I can’t develop him then top clubs should take him on. We don’t owe any money so that’s not how it works.’

Zaha was at the centre of everything good about Palace. He also had a penalty appeal turned down in the first half.

One of the first people who should pat the striker on the back is Damien Delaney, who hesitated when Julian Speroni rolled the ball towards him.

Ebanks-Blake robbed the defender and duly collected his fifth goal of the season.

A tight contest looked to have been settled but that did not account for Zaha and his six-minute double.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken insisted afterwards that the Palace striker was offside when he ran on to Glenn Murray’s knock-down but is was a close call and the finish was glorious.

For the second, Zaha took possession, left Stephen Ward for dead and produced a shot with far too much sting for Carl Ikeme.

There was sting in other parts of the pitch too. Jonny Williams and Karl Henry enjoyed a physical duel and Williams appeared to be lucky to get away with a tackle on Slawomir Peszko, which left the winger facing a six-week lay-off with a knee ligament injury.

Williams was substituted afterwards with Freedman admitting: ‘I know him inside out and it was not intentional. I just felt it was best to take him off as he has to learn how to channel certain aspects of his game. But he was getting kicked all night too.’

Solbakken said: ‘They had a match-winning player who scored both goals. I think we were unlucky.’

Bolton 0 Crystal Palace 1: Glenn Murray penalty earns win

Bolton 0 Crystal Palace 1: Murray penalty keeps up fine Eagles run



17:13 GMT, 29 September 2012

Crystal Palace stretched their unbeaten run to five games as Glenn Murray continued his fine goalscoring form to convert the penalty which proved the difference against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Both teams came into the game with 10 points, sat just below mid-table in the npower Championship, and in a close match short on quality it was the Eagles who recorded their fourth win in five matches.

Murray had scored two penalties as part of a hat-trick a week earlier as Palace came from two down to beat Cardiff 3-2 and the former Brighton striker held his nerve 10 minutes from time to give the visitors their first ever league win away to Bolton, whose own unbeaten home run in the league came to an end.

Good run: Glenn Murray celebrates scoring from the spot

Good run: Glenn Murray celebrates scoring from the spot

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Warnock, Mark Davies, Andrews (Petrov 70), Spearing, Eagles (Lee 80), Kevin Davies, Ngog (Sordell 76).

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Pratley.

Booked: Spearing.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Parr (Moxey 64), Blake, Delaney, Garvan, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Murray, Bolasie (Williams 75), Zaha.

Subs Not Used: Price, Martin, Goodwillie, Wilbraham, Moritz.

Booked: Zaha.

Goals: Murray 80 pen.

Att: 16,727

Ref: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Palace made the better start and
within a minute the impressive Wilfried Zaha burst into the area on the
right before seeing his angled, first-time shot parried away by
goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Palace were looking a threat on the
counter-attack and went close once more as Owen Garvan sent in a looping
cross but Murray was not able to get enough power on his header and
sent his attempt straight at Bogdan.

The hosts then had a penalty shout
for a possible handball from a Mark Davies header, before Damien Delaney
made a superb block to deny home striker David Ngog, who looked well
placed to score from close range.

Zaha again went close for Palace on
35 minutes as he turned well in the area to fire a low shot that was
well saved by the feet of Bogdan, before the visitors were forced to put
their bodies on the line to block efforts from both Kevin Davies and
Chris Eagles as Bolton threatened inside the six-yard area at the other

But it was Palace who ended the half
on a high when Murray glanced a header inches wide of the right post
from Garvan's left-wing cross.

After the break, Bolton had their
best chance of the game on the hour when Mark Davies beat one man in the
area and drilled a low shot that was bundled away from the danger-zone
by Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

The home side seemed buoyed by this
chance and moments later Kevin Davies, making his 700th career
appearance, also found Speroni when well placed six yards out, following
Eagles' free-kick that was flicked on by Matt Mills.

Palace had struggled to rediscover
their first-half form, but Zaha almost created something from nothing
when he surged forward and despite numbers in support, he kept on going
himself and saw his shot well saved by Bogdan.

It was the tricky Zaha whose skills ended up helping the visitors score what would prove to be the only goal of the game.

Zaha's trickery drew a foul from Zat
Knight and referee Geoff Eltringham pointed to the penalty spot, with
Murray stepping up to slot home past Bogdan to give Palace the lead.

The dangerous Zaha then produced a
dangerous cross across the face of goal that was close to being
connected to by two Palace players.

The hosts went close to equalising
when substitute Chung-Yong Lee sent a fizzing shot whistling just over
the upright, but Bolton were unable to create anything better than this
as Dougie Freedman's men held on for victory.

Crystal Palace 3 Cardiff 2: Murray hat-trick caps Eagles fightback to stun Bluebirds

Crystal Palace 3 Cardiff 2: Murray hat-trick caps Eagles fightback to stun Bluebirds



16:43 GMT, 22 September 2012

Glenn Murray scored a hat-trick as Crystal Palace came from two goals down to claim a remarkable victory over Cardiff.

Two goals in three first-half minutes had put the visitors in control but the Eagles staged a stunning second-half fightback to take the points.

Aron Gunnarson put the Bluebirds ahead and Don Cowie doubled their advantage soon after, but Palace were a different prospect after the break.

Bad day: Cardiff's Craig Bellamy reacts as Crystal Palace are awarded a penalty

Bad day: Cardiff's Craig Bellamy reacts as Crystal Palace are awarded a penalty

Murray pulled one back from the spot, fired in a scrappy second to level the scores and, when the hosts earned another penalty, the former Brighton striker was on hand to stroke home the winner.

Palace started the brighter and Kagisho Dikgacoi tried his luck from distance early on but David Marshall was equal to the challenge.

Match facts

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Blake, Ramage (Ward 29),Delaney, Parr, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Zaha, Moritz (Williams 77), Bolasie (Moxey 86), Murray. Subs Not Used: Price, Goodwillie, Garvan, Wilbraham. Booked: Zaha. Scorers: Murray 52 pen,62,72 pen.

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Connolly, Taylor, Cowie (Noone 75), Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Smith (Kim 88), Helguson, Bellamy (Mason 82). Subs Not Used: Lewis, Kiss,Turner, Velikonja. Booked: McNaughton, Gunnarsson, Kim. Goals: Gunnarsson 13, Cowie 15.

Att: 12,757

Ref: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Cardiff scored with their first meaningful attack and in slightly fortuitous circumstances.

Peter Ramage attempted to halt Gunnarsson's advance from midfield but the Icelandic international got a fortunate deflection and found himself one-on-one before finishing coolly past Julian Speroni.

Just two minutes later, and with only 15 minutes on the clock, the visitors doubled their advantage.

Craig Bellamy, a goalscoring substitute in the 2-1 win over Leeds and one of three changes to Cardiff's starting XI, caused problems with his shot from distance and, when Palace failed to clear, Cowie seized the initiative to lash home the second.

It could have got even worse for the shellshocked hosts but Bellamy miscued a volley from deep inside the box and sent it flying well over the bar.

The luckless Ramage saw his afternoon curtailed by injury as Joel Ward was brought on to replace him, and Dikgacoi then spurned a presentable chance to reduce the deficit when he got on the end of Andre Moritz's corner but his header was blocked by Mark Hudson.

Through the gap: Yannick Bolaise squeezes by Cardiff's Craig Bellamy (right) and Andrew Taylor

Through the gap: Yannick Bolaise squeezes by Cardiff's Craig Bellamy (right) and Andrew Taylor

The hosts got the breakthrough early in the second half when Andrew Taylor handled Moritz's free-kick and Murray stepped up to convert the penalty.

It was Murray who threatened again moments later with a close-range shot which Marshall did well to tip past the post.

Darcy Blake headed wide from the resulting corner.

Murray's next involvement was more decisive and, after a shot from Moritz deflected to him at the back post, Murray squeezed a shot past Marshall from a tight angle to level it up with 62 minutes gone.

Holding on: Crystal Palace's Andre Moritz holds off Cardiff's Peter Whittingham

Holding on: Crystal Palace's Andre Moritz holds off Cardiff's Peter Whittingham

The comeback was complete 10 minutes later when Heidar Helguson fouled Jonathan Parr in the box and Murray kept his cool to score his fourth career hat-trick from the penalty spot.

Palace had to hang on through a nervy five minutes of injury-time but, with men behind the ball, they frustrated Cardiff to seal their third win of the campaign.

Crawley 2 Bolton 1: Nicky Ajose nods late winner

Capital One Cup second round round-up: Crawley nick late win over Bolton

Janine Self


22:46 GMT, 28 August 2012



22:49 GMT, 28 August 2012

When it comes to Cup upsets then Crawley can claim to be masters.

Bolton went the way of Derby, Bristol City, Hull and Millwall as the League One side knocked Owen Coyle’s team out of the Capital One Cup.

Benik Afobe put Bolton into the lead but two goals in the final eight minutes turned the tie on its head.

Substitute Billy Clarke then scored one and made the other for Nicky Ajose, who clinched the 2-1 win in the dying seconds.

On target: Nicky Ajose nods Crawley's second

On target: Nicky Ajose nods Crawley's second

Managerless Coventry found something to smile about as they dumped npower Championship neighbours Birmingham 3-2 after extra time.

A topsy-turvy match saw Peter Lovenkrands put Birmingham into the lead before goals from Cody McDonald and Kevin Kilbane handed Coventry the advantage.

The League One side sacked Andy Thorn on Sunday after three successive draws but caretaker boss Richard Shaw did himself no harm in the bid to become his successor.

Having seen Jonathan Spector send the tie into extra time, Carl Baker scored the winner after Kilbane’s cross was not cleared.

Hammer blow: Carl Baker hits Coventry's third

Hammer blow: Carl Baker hits Coventry's third

Nicky Wroe struck twice to help League One Preston to a shock 4-1 victory over Championship strugglers Crystal Palace. Akpo Sodje and Jeffrey Monakana were the other scorers with Aaron Wilbraham netting for Palace.

Leeds United strolled through and spoiled Oxford’s perfect start to the season.

Jamaican Rodolph Austin scored his first goal in in English football, teenager Sam Byram doubled the lead and a Tom Lees header in the second half cemented an 3-0 win against the League Two leaders.

Luke Chadwick scored twice to dump out lacklustre Blackburn and send MK Dons into the third round.

Chadwick netted two close-range finishes before David Goodwillie nodded in an 83rd-minute consolation goal for Rovers as the Dons claimed a richly-deserved giant-killing victory.

Bristol City 4 Crystal Palace 1

Bristol City 4 Crystal Palace 1: Robins enjoy rout as Freedman's worries mount



21:17 GMT, 21 August 2012

Bristol City got their npower Championship campaign off and running at the second attempt as they inflicted back-to-back defeats on Crystal Palace.

The Robins' new signing, Sam Baldock, was paraded before the Ashton Gate faithful at the break following his move from West Ham on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

But he may find it hard to break into Derek McInnes' starting XI on this showing.

Party time: Albert Adomah celebrates with after scoring the fourth goal

Party time: Albert Adomah celebrates with after scoring the fourth goal


Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Louis Carey, Fontaine, Cunningham,
Adomah, Skuse, Pearson (Morris 88), Woolford, Taylor (Davies 84),
Stead (Elliott 79).

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Pitman, James Wilson, Anderson.

Booked: Foster, Louis Carey.

Goals: Taylor 9, Woolford 12, Stead 59 pen,Adomah 82.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Martin, Ramage, Moxey (Appiah 59), Parr, Dikgacoi (De Silva 77), Jedinak, Garvan, Zaha, Wilbraham.

Subs Not Used: Price, Wright, O'Keefe, Dorman, Parsons.

Booked: Moxey,Dikgacoi.

Goals: Dikgacoi 74.

Att: 12,221

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield)

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Both sides were keen to hit back after opening-day defeats, City at Nottingham Forest and Palace having been denied late on in a 3-2 defeat by Watford.

And it was Palace who were first to show when Wilfried Zaha's 20-yard effort was saved by Tom Heaton after just four minutes.

The Robins were stung into action and Jon Stead rattled the woodwork with a header before the striker provided the assist for Ryan Taylor to hammer home the hosts' first after only nine minutes.

Palace were reeling and were hit by a second only three minutes later. This time it was Martyn Woolford who registered, hitting home left-footed from 12 yards out.

It looked like a damage limitation exercise for the visitors at this point but Dougie Freedman's side were putting in plenty of effort and Dean Moxey joined City's Richard Foster in the book for an over-zealous challenge on Albert Adomah after 33 minutes.

Stead should have put the game to bed a minute later but Julian Speroni in the Palace goal saved the striker's six-yard effort with his feet.

Palace's Kagisho Dikgacoi joined team-mate Moxey in referee Michael Naylor's book following a challenge on City's Greg Cunningham six minutes from the break.

Palace needed to get a goal back quickly after half-time and Joel Ward signalled their intentions, striking over the bar from 18 yards.

Aaron Wilbraham also tried his luck, this time from 30 yards, but his effort sailed harmlessly wide of Heaton's goal.

Palace's Louis Carey was booked for a challenge on Wilbraham after 55 minutes, but the game was effectively over four minutes later when another foul, this time by Jonathan Parr on Stead in the penalty area, led to a spot-kick which was easily despatched by Stead to make it 3-0.

Palace continued to press, though, and were rewarded for their efforts with 26 minutes left when Dikgacoi struck home after good work from Owen Garvan and Wilbraham.

But any chance of a late Palace comeback was finally snuffed out by Adomah with nine minutes left when he hammered home in impressive fashion from 25 yards to complete the home side's rout.