• Date: Sat 20 February 2010
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Ref: Deadman, D
  • Attendance: 13,333

Crystal Palace vs Coventry City

Team Lineups

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Nathaniel Clyne
Clint Hill
Matt Lawrence
Johannes Ertl
Claude Davis
Shaun Derry
Darren Ambrose
Nick Carle (Calvin Andrew, 87)
Sean Scannell (Kieran Djilali, 67)
Alan Lee

Coventry City

Keiren Westwood
Stephen Wright
James McPake
Martin Cranie
Richard Wood
Sammy Clingan
Aron Gunnarsson
Carl Baker
Michael McIndoe (David Bell, 72)
Jon Stead
Clinton Morrison, C (Gary Deegan, 90)

Match Report
Crystal Palace dropped into the bottom three for the first time this season as David Bell's classy 85th-minute effort for Coventry City sent them crashing to a third successive defeat. The Eagles have won just once at Selhurst Park in the league since the turn of the year and the City substitute ensured a pointless afternoon for Neil Warnock's men as he raced on to Jon Stead's pass and chipped the ball over the stranded Julian Speroni. Neither side was able to fashion a proper opening in the early stages and Palace's Darren Ambrose had the first serious effort on 28 minutes, but his low shot squeezed through the legs of Keiren Westwood and beyond the goalkeeper's left-hand post. A mistake by Nick Carle gave Coventry a chance to go in front in the 41st minute. The Australia international was stripped of possession in the box by Carl Baker but his shot was blocked by Clint Hill and Michael McIndoe could only prod the loose ball wide from close range. As the game sparked into life, Ambrose had a shot cleared off the line by Richard Wood and the Sky Blues had the last notable effort of the opening period when Stead's fierce strike was beaten away by Julian Speroni. Palace broke dangerously in the 55th minute as Ambrose lifted the ball out to Carle on the right flank. His cross was met by the head of Johannes Ertl, whose header was pushed behind by Westwood. Aron Gunnarsson wastefully fired straight at Speroni in the 74th minute, after Clinton Morrison's back-heel had put him clean through on goal. Carle was denied his first goal of the season as Westwood made a superb reaction stop from his fierce shot but, with time running out, it was left to Bell to score late in the day to send the Sky Blues home happy.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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


Clinton Morrison is being taken off, Gary Deegan has come on in his place.


Nick Carle is replaced by Calvin Andrew.


Goal!! Coventry have scored with David Bell putting it in the back of the net.


Coventry are replacing Michael McIndoe with David Bell.


Crystal Palace are replacing Sean Scannell with Kieran Djilali.

Second half

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

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by D Deadman


It's 3pm on Saturday, February 20th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Crystal Palace face Coventry at 3pm on Saturday, February 20th.