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Crystal Palace v Albion - from Selhurst Park
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- Full-time: Palace 3 Albion 0
- Dunk sent off in seventh minute
- Murray scores twice (one penalty)
- Garvan adds a penalty
- CMS hits post at 1-0
- Five pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
Crofts then span away from a tackle in midfield and made ground with the ball but his low drive was held by Speroni.
Shame this game hasn't been 11 v 11. Unequal contest from the moment Dunk departed. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 December 2012
Albion produced a shot on target but Mackail-Smith's well-executed overhead bicycle kick flew straight to Speroni.
As Wilbraham was replacing Murray, Albion sent on Dicker for Buckley.
Having passed up that shot at a hat-trick, Murray seemed to be on for a treble when Palace got him closing in on goal. But this time Calderon got across to make a fine challenge. That was Murray's final action as he was substituted to a standing ovation from jubilant home fans,
Palace were awarded a second spot kick on 70 minutes when Murray tumbled with Greer in close proximity as a cross drifted away from them. GARVAN fired the penalty into the bottom corner.
Att: 20,114 (2,900 away)
Re: Buckley/Zaha debate. Best winger by a mile has been Bolasie. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 December 2012
Murray was close to his hat-trick in the 65th minute with Palace now in total control. He climbed above Calderon to head Bolasie's cross narrowly over.
Just added a few tweets being received by my colleague Andy Naylor regarding the penalty incident
@AndyNaylorArgus he was touched. But Murray instigated the touch. Classic simulation.— @djnickosborne 01 December 2012
@AndyNaylorArgus not a dive but contact was made could have gone either way— @NickWhitey77 01 December 2012
@AndyNaylorArgus seen it Andy on the beamback, sad to say it was 100% a dive.— @Hedgey85 01 December 2012
Albion's brief bright spell had fizzled out and emergency left-back Bridcutt was booked for chopping down Zaha near the corner flag. Kuszczak had to fist away the resulting free-kick under pressure.
Kuszczak claimed Murray had dived but was booked for his foul with home fans baying for a red card. MURRAY then beat him easily from the penalty spot.
They seemed to have men back to deal with a counter raid but the ball ran into the path of Murray, who looked to go around Kuszczak and went down under the challenge of the keeper.
It was a bright start to the half by Albion but they would be vulnerable to counter attacks.
The ten men came agonisingly close to levelling straight after half-time. Barnes produced some terrific work in his own half to take the ball off Zaha and slide a pass into the path of Mackail-Smith's well-timed run. The striker made ground into the area but, from slightly to the left of goal, slid his shot past Speroni and against the outside of the near post.
Second half is in progress
Crofts came on as sub in the 45th minute as Orlandi went off, seemingly with a pain in the ribcage area
That was brief respite though. Zaha popped up in a central position to take Bolasie's pass and beat a man but his fierce on-target shot was superbly blocked by the sliding Bridcutt.
Albion almost came up with the perfect response. Bruno had a low cross cleared, then Bridcutt angled in a ball in looking for Barnes to get a glancing touch. Barnes made no contact but the ball continued goalwards and Speroni had to react quickly to dive to his right and push it away.
The resulting corner brought the breakthrough as the ball was delivered to the near post and MURRAY glanced home a header in the 38th minute.
Orlandi then went in the book for tripping Zaha in Albion's left-back area. Garvan whipped in a dangerous free-kick which Kuszczak had to tip behind.
Delaney was booked for a foul on Buckley as Albion looked to counter attack.
Palace had a sustained spell of pressure as Albion sat back in a line of four and a line of five.
Brighton parking the bus #cpfc— @marcoslouca 01 December 2012
The hosts were getting joy out wide and full-back Parr was next to threaten. Palace worked him in behind Bruno and his low cross was diverted goalwards by Dikgacoi but Kuszczak got down to hold.
Albion were looking to feed Buckley and Mackail-Smith on counters but could get nothing going in attack.
Bolasie then saw a curler deflect off Hammond for a corner and Kuszczak held the resulting corner.
Palace wingers have now switched, so Orlandi v Zaha. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 December 2012
Most of the play was taking place in the Albion half but Kuszczak held another Bolasie effort. As expected, Zaha and Bolasie were causing plenty of problems.
Kuszczak dived to keep out a rasping Bolasie drive as Palace made the running.
Calderon moved across to central defence wth Orlandi dropping deep on the left.
Albion survived a first-minute corner but were facing an uphill battle in the seventh minute. Dunk, as last man, failed to control Bruno's simple pass and then brought down Bolasie as he latched on to the loose ball and bore down on goal. Dunk was shown the red card. Garvan then hit the woodwork with the free-kick.
Albion defending the goal closest to their fans in the first half.
Game about to start.
Albion fans are on the far side from us in the Arthur Wait Stand, which runs along one side of the pitch. They have about half that stand.
Glad All Over is played and #bhafc fans unfurl a banner reading "Groupon, you'll never fill Selhurst"
Great draw for Hastings in Yorkshire in the early FA Cup kick-off. That means a replay at the Pilot Field and a place in the 3rd round draw tomorrow afternoon.
Hastings heroes in draw for FA Cup third round after a well deserved draw at Harrogate— @HowardGriggs 01 December 2012
FT Harrogate 1 Hastings 1— @HowardGriggs 01 December 2012
We can hear but not really see the crowd in our position tucked under the roof of the old main stand at Selhurst Park. Atmosphere is building.
That Albion team news raised an eyebrow or two. Line-ups are posted on this site.
This would be a decent looking fuxture even if there were 250 miles between the clubs rather than about 40. Second versus seventh, best home attack v meanest away defence, Glenn Murray in the form of his life coming up against his old club, the Will v Wilfried comparison, Palace with the chance to go top overnight, Albion looking to get back into the top six - and two unbeaten runs on the line with the Seagulls having not lost in seven and Palace undefeated in eight at home. I hope I've sold it to you!
It's derby day - but it's about something more today than just a relatively local rivalry.
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