Press Pass – WBA 0 – 2 Palace
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The early minutes of the game were end-to-end with both teams trying to break through by hitting their target men in the form of West Bromwich Albion’s Salomon Rondon and Christian Benteke for Crystal Palace.
The match started off at a fast pace with physical contests, which wasn’t helped by Mike Jones’ controversial decisions throughout the first half.
Wilfried Zaha showed an impressive display with fantastic skills and crosses that almost punished Albion’s experienced back four.
Overall, the first half display was fast and physical with a huge number of crosses put in by both teams but neither capitalised.
The second half started and no subs were made. Palace started the half much stronger than Albion with sustained attacking play.
During the 54th minute Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye performed an astonishing diagonal lofted through ball into Zaha who cushioned the ball calmly with his chest before immediately striking the ball into the bottom right corner with his left foot, before Dawson could get anywhere near him.
The game opened up with a lot of counter attacking play from both teams. In the 57th minute Albion’s record signing, Nacer Chadli, picked up the ball outside the box and attempted a driven shot into the bottom left corner, however a deflection made Eagles’ goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey’s job easy.
In the 61st minute Palace manager Sam Allardyce brought on West Brom’s previous transfer target, and Premier League winner, Jeffrey Schlupp for Patrick van Aanholt who was stretchered off.
Albion were continuously attacking trying to get a break through by crossing the ball into Rondon.
Pulis decided to bring on Jonathan Leko for Darren Fletcher in the 79th minute, however, this took a turn for the worst.
During the 83rd minute Leko had the ball in the opposition’s half until Andros Townsend’s determination won him the ball.
With pace and power, he ran from the Palace end of the pitch to muscle Leko off the ball.
During his run he managed to enter Albion’s box, stepping past Gareth McAuley before fiercely striking the ball into the bottom left corner with a deflection from Jonny Evans.
The result gave Crystal Palace their second win in a row for the first time this year, taking them out of the relegation zone, while West Brom remain eighth.
By Joel Collins (15years-old) and Sam Collins (15 years-old)