• Date: Mon 05 April 2010
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Ref: East, R
  • Attendance: 16,642
Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Danns (40)

Ambrose (50)

Andrew (84)

3 - 1

Crystal Palace vs Preston North End

Team Lineups

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Clint Hill
Shaun Derry
Patrick McCarthy
Matt Lawrence
Johannes Ertl
Darren Ambrose
Neil Danns
Stern John
Sean Scannell (Nick Carle, 86)
Calvin Andrew

Preston North End

Andy Lonergan
Sean St Ledger
Billy Jones
Tom Williams (Chris Brown, 81)
Elliott Ward
Darren Carter (Callum Davidson, 68)
Paul Coutts
Keith Treacy
Matty James
Jon Parkin
Neil Mellor

Match Report
Crystal Palace climbed out of the Championship relegation zone as they recorded only their second league win at Selhurst Park in the last two months with a 3-1 victory over Preston. The Eagles had to battle back from Keith Treacy firing North End into the lead, but goals from Neil Danns, Darren Ambrose and Calvin Andrew sealed a deserved victory for Paul Hart's side. Only 40 seconds had been played when Stern John went close to giving the home side the lead but his lob just crept over the crossbar. Preston's eighth-minute opener came from a breakaway after Paddy McCarthy's header had been cleared off the line by Neil Mellor, but Shaun Derry was left holding his head in his hands after his mistake was punished. The Eagles captain was dispossessed and Paul Coutts slipped the ball into the path of Treacy. The North End winger produced a composed finish past Julian Speroni to claim his first goal for the visitors. The home side went close to an equaliser in the 18th minute but Andrew's header from a Ambrose corner crashed off the bar. Jon Parkin wasted a good chance for Preston as he lashed a shot over from Mellor's knock down, before Palace deservedly hauled themselves back onto level terms five minutes before the break. Preston failed to deal with Andrew's cross and Sean Scannell headed the ball to Danns, who took a touch before firing the ball through the legs of Andy Lonergan from eight yards out for his ninth strike of the campaign. Palace should have been awarded a penalty in time added-on in the first half when Elliott Ward handled inside the box but referee Roger East did not punish the Preston defender. Ambrose's 19th goal of the campaign came in the 51st minute. Darren Carter was unable to clear Dann's cross and the Eagles' top-scorer cracked a right-foot volley off the underside of the bar. Only a smart save from Lonergan prevented Palace from moving further ahead on the hour as he raced out to block Andrew, who had been put clean through by a delightful pass by Ambrose. Matthew James was close to an equaliser as his shot from the edge of the box just cleared the bar but in the 84th minute the home side made it 3-1 as Andrew knocked the ball in when Lonergan failed to deal with a looping Ambrose cross. Treacy's 20-yard free-kick was palmed over by Speroni with three minutes of normal time remaining.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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


Sean Scannell is replaced by Nick Carle.


Goal!! Crystal Palace have scored with Calvin Andrew putting it in the back of the net.


Tom Williams is being taken off, Chris Brown has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

Neil Mellor is booked for unsporting behaviour.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Jon Parkin.

Yellow Card

Sean Scannell is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Darren Carter is being taken off, Callum Davidson has come on in his place.


Goal!! Crystal Palace have scored with Darren Ambrose putting it in the back of the net.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 1.

Yellow Card

Matt Lawrence goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by R East


Goal!! Neil Danns scores for Crystal Palace.


Goal!! Preston have scored with Keith Treacy putting it in the back of the net.


The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff

Crystal Palace face Preston at 3pm on Monday, April 5th.