• Date: Tue 09 March 2010
  • Venue:
  • Ref: Russell, M
  • Attendance: 12,844

Crystal Palace vs Bristol City

Team Lineups

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Nathaniel Clyne
Clint Hill
Matt Lawrence
Danny Butterfield
Johannes Ertl
Shaun Derry
Darren Ambrose (Neil Danns, 67)
Nick Carle (Stern John, 81)
Calvin Andrew
Alan Lee

Bristol City

Dean Gerken
Bradley Orr
Liam Fontaine
Louis Carey
Lewin Nyatanga
Lee Johnson
Paul Hartley
Cole Skuse
Jamal Campbell-Ryce
Nicky Maynard (Jamie McAllister, 90)
Chris Iwelumo (John Akinde, 86)

Match Report
Chris Iwelumo's superb volley gave Bristol City a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace and eased fears that the Robins could get sucked into a relegation battle in the Championship. Gary Johnson's side had won just once in their last nine matches going into the game at Selhurst Park and were thumped 5-2 at home by Doncaster on Saturday - leading to their boss expressing fears of a late dogfight to beat the drop. But Iwelumo, on loan from Wolves, scored only his second goal of the season and his 73rd-minute strike was a rare moment of quality in a forgettable match. Three Palace defenders tried to clear Liam Fontaine's long throw, but the ball looped invitingly to the Scottish striker, who swivelled to send a right-foot volley over keeper Julian Speroni. It consigned Paul Hart to a first defeat since taking charge at the Eagles and the South Londoners struggled to create scoring chances in a subdued performance. The first 45 minutes were dire, although the home side appealed for a penalty when Johnny Ertl's shot struck the arm of City captain Louis Carey. The visitors played the better football before the break but noteworthy moments were painfully rare. The second half was not much of an improvement, but Palace wasted their best chance of the game in the 52nd minute when Darren Ambrose's cross was met by Alan Lee - he could only steer his header across the face of goal and past the far post. City right-back Bradley Orr posed an attacking threat for the away team and smashed one effort over the top before a stinging 64th-minute effort from the edge of the box was parried by Speroni. But the breakthrough did come for the travellers when Iwelumo, a former transfer target of Palace under previous boss Neil Warnock, doubled his goal total for the campaign. Hart's honeymoon period at Palace seems to be over as the fed-up home support booed his decision to replace Nick Carle with Stern John with nine minutes remaining - and there were jeers at the final whistle.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.


Bristol City are replacing Nicky Maynard with Jamie McAllister.

Yellow Card

John Akinde goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Chris Iwelumo is replaced by John Akinde.


Nick Carle is replaced by Stern John.


Goal!! Chris Iwelumo scores for Bristol City.


Darren Ambrose is being taken off, Neil Danns has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

Danny Butterfield is booked for dissent.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by M Russell

Yellow Card

Jamal Campbell-Ryce is booked for dissent.


It's 8pm on Tuesday, March 9th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Crystal Palace face Bristol City at 8pm on Tuesday, March 9th.