• Date: Sat 06 March 2010
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Ref: Marriner, A
  • Attendance: 13,455

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United

Team Lineups

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Nathaniel Clyne
Clint Hill
Danny Butterfield
Johannes Ertl
Claude Davis
Shaun Derry
Darren Ambrose (Lee Hills, 90)
Nick Carle (Sean Scannell, 90)
Calvin Andrew (Alassane N'Diaye, 87)
Alan Lee

Sheffield United

Mark Bunn
Chris Morgan
Nyron Nosworthy
Kyle Bartley
Toni Kallio
Nick Montgomery
Mark Yeates (Ched Evans, 78)
Lee Williamson (James Harper, 70)
Stephen Quinn (Henri Camara, 58)
Richard Cresswell
Jamie Ward

Match Report
Paul Hart got off to a winning start as Crystal Palace manager as the Eagles beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Selhurst Park. Alan Lee sealed the win with his seventh goal of the season when he volleyed in Danny Butterfield's deep cross midway through the first half. The Blades were poor and never really tested Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni. Hart, named as Neil Warnock's successor on Tuesday, was give a rapturous round of applause from the home fans before the game and sprang a surprise by naming Calvin Andrew in the starting eleven alongside fellow striker Lee. In a dour start to the game there was little action of note until Lee put Palace ahead on 23 minutes. United failed to clear Butterfield's free kick and Nick Carle laid the ball back for the right-back to supply the cross for Lee to score in a move reminiscent of Neil Warnock's tenure at the club. Man-of-the-match Carle then put Andrew through two minutes later but the striker lost his cool and fired high and wide. United threatened for the first time in the 41st minute when Mark Yeates' free-kick got a slight touch off Jamie Ward but Speroni gathered easily under pressure from Richard Cresswell. Darren Ambrose had a chance to add to Palace's lead just after the break after Shaun Derry played him through but his shot from the angle was weak, enabling Bunn to gather. Minutes later it was Lee's chance to give Palace a two-goal cushion. Carle twisted past Toni Kallio twice and crossed to the back post but with Lee leaning backwards, he skied his effort over the bar. Kevin Blackwell brought on Henri Camara in an effort to liven up United's forward line but they still struggled as Claude Davis and Clint Hill dominated. Lee was lucky to stay on the pitch after aiming an elbow at Nick Montgomery but escaped without even a word from the referee before Claude Davis, Kyle Bartley and Lee Williamson were all booked for pushing. United pushed forward in the last five minutes but Camara shot over and then got in the way of Ched Evans' shot. Evans had another chance but his effort was a foot wide of the post as Palace held on to ease their relegation worries.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Substitution
 

Darren Ambrose is being taken off, Lee Hills has come on in his place.

90
Substitution
 

Nick Carle is being taken off, Sean Scannell has come on in his place.

89
Yellow Card
 

Alassane N'Diaye goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

87
Substitution
 

Calvin Andrew is replaced by Alassane N'Diaye.

78
Substitution
 

Mark Yeates is replaced by Ched Evans.

70
Substitution
 

Sheff Utd are replacing Lee Williamson with James Harper.

68
Yellow Card
 

Lee Williamson goes into the referee's book for dissent.

67
Yellow Card
 

Richard Cresswell is booked for dissent.

58
Substitution
 

Stephen Quinn is replaced by Henri Camara.

48
Yellow Card
 

Shaun Derry is booked for unsporting behaviour.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

23
Goal
 

Goal!! Crystal Palace have scored with Alan Lee putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

It's 3pm on Saturday, March 6th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Crystal Palace face Sheff Utd at 3pm on Saturday, March 6th.