Crystal Palace 3 - 1 Sunderland

Match info: Premier League at Selhurst Park

Date: 31/08/2013 KO: 17:30 Ref: L Probert Att: 22,671

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

C Palace

Danny Gabbidon 9
Dwight Gayle 79 (pen)
Stuart O'Keefe 90+2



Steven Fletcher 64

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • Palace 3 Sunderland 1. All over the Eagles collect their first points of the season. Back to the drawing board for the Black Cats.

  • Palace support in party mood - and they have every right to be. They are closing in on a first win of the season. Ball at the feet of Speroni as the seconds tick down.

  • Ian Holloway does a little jig on the sidelines. Palace should be okay now. Sunderland look like making the long journey home empty-handed.

  • GOAL PALACE - O'KEEFE. What a way to wrap things up. It looks like the opportunity to get a strike in on goal has gone as Puncheon drifts across the edge of the box. The ball then breaks loose to O'Keefe, who rifles in off the underside of the crossbar.

  • Celustka has to go long, but Larsson can't win the ball in the air. Palace able to hold on to the ball inside their own half, before firing down the line for Gayle - who wins a throw.

  • Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.

  • Sunderland stuck in their own half, right where they don't want to be. They can find Wickham, but he is outnumbered after getting into the box. Palace happy to hack the ball anywhere.

  • Great effort from distance by Dikgacoi forces Westwood to tip the ball over the top of his crossbar. Palace in no hurry to take the corner. Williams does take, but can't pick out Jedinak.

  • Larsson over the set-piece - which is left of centre and 25 yards out. He swings the ball to the far post, where Jedinak can glance clear. Colback then looks for Johnson, but Moxey can see the ball behind.

  • Fletcher wriggles in between Gabbidon and Fletcher and goes to ground inside the box. He is waved back to his feet after colliding with the Palace keeper. He was looking for a penalty. Fletcher does get a free-kick moments later after being tripped by Gabbidon.

  • Sunderland leaving gaping holes at the back. Williams has the energy to keep bombing forward. This time he is forced wide and sees a return cross headed clear.

  • Another effort on goal from Williams. This time he goes low from a tight angle, but Westwood is there to keep him out once more. Both mangers waving their arms frantically on the sidelines. Not sure what the message is they are trying to get across.

  • Gabbidon with yet another clearance, and Palace have men over. Once again the ball is worked to Williams, who has another sight of goal. He hits the target this time, but fires straight at Westwood - who stands tall.

  • Double change by Palace. Front two Chamakh and Gayle are replaced by O'Keefe and Wilbraham. Holloway has now played all of his cards.

  • Johnson is able to gather 25 yards from goal, skip past Dikgacoi and work the ball onto his left foot. His strike isn't the best and Speroni can watch it into his arms. Chamakh down. May be a bit of cramp.

  • Jedinak goes wide to Williams. Palace now looking to keep hold of the ball. They aren't forcing the issue any more. Sunderland having to do a lot of running.

  • Sunderland need to raise their game again, but now only have 10 men. Palace need to shut up shop.

  • GOAL PALACE - GAYLE. Not the best penalty you will ever see, but it hits the back of the net. Gayle goes for power and ends up drilling under the body of Westwood. Palace back in front.

  • It may be some time before the penalty taken. O'Shea is shown a red card for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. He offers no complaints.

  • O'Shea with a clumsy challenge on Gayle, who was suddenly sprung clear, and the referee points to the spot.


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