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  • Date: Mon 26 April 2010
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Ref: Whitestone, D
  • Attendance: 17,798

Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion

Team Lineups

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Clint Hill
Patrick McCarthy
Matt Lawrence (Alassane N'Diaye, 90)
Danny Butterfield
Johannes Ertl (Stern John, 77)
Shaun Derry
Darren Ambrose
Neil Danns
Sean Scannell (Alan Lee, 68)
Calvin Andrew

West Bromwich Albion

Scott Carson
Jonas Olsson (Abdoulaye Meite, 77)
Marek Cech
Gabriel Tamas
Robert Koren (Giles Barnes, 71)
Chris Brunt
Graham Dorrans (James Morrison, 85)
Youssouf Mulumbu
Steven Reid
Roman Bednar
Simon Cox

Match Report
Crystal Palace's battle for survival will go down to the final day of the season and a crunch clash with Sheffield Wednesday after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with West Brom in a pulsating encounter at Selhurst Park. The south London club needed a win to relegate the Owls and avoid a nerve-jangling final day of the season at Hillsborough at the weekend. But an early own goal by Steven Reid was swiftly cancelled out by Gabriel Tamas and the Eagles were forced to play the final stages with 10 men when Neil Danns was dismissed for headbutting Graham Dorrans. West Brom, already promoted, played their part in a thrilling clash and it needed a number of excellent saves from Palace keeper Julian Speroni to deny them all three points. Palace went in front after 17 minutes when Darren Ambrose's wicked low free-kick was turned past Scott Carson by Reid from just four yards out. But the Baggies did not take long to respond. Ambrose gave away a needless foul on Graham Dorrans on the right wing and Chris Brunt's near-post free-kick was glanced past Speroni by Tamas. Carson showed quick reactions to get a hand to Danns' shot in the 31st minute and when the ball ricocheted to the back post, the lurking Calvin Andrew could only steer his header off target. West Brom finished the first half on top and Roman Bednar's deft 36th-minute header clipped down off the crossbar and Robert Koren appeared to get the final touch as the ball went out for a goal kick. Minutes later and Bednar's cute reverse pass put Brunt into a great position but his shot came back off Speroni's shins and the Argentine then produced another key stop to fist over an audacious dipping 30-yard strike by Dorrans. Bednar fired across the face of goal just before the end of half-time as Roberto Di Matteo's men finished the opening 45 minutes totally on top. Palace competed better in the second half but Speroni continued to thwart the visitors as he raced out to save at the feet of Bednar, produced an instinctive stop to push away a Marek Cech strike and also foiled Youssouf Mulumbu as he made a jinking late run into the box. The Eagles wasted a great chance from another Ambrose free-kick in the 63rd minute when his pinpoint delivery to the back post was headed wide by Paddy McCarthy and Carson also showed he was not going to be outdone by his opposite number as he produced a great stop to deny substitute Alan Lee. Palace's top-scorer Ambrose could have snatched a dramatic late winner with seconds remaining - and ensured their Championship safety - but his shot was cleared off the line by Cech.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

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

90
Substitution
 

Crystal Palace are replacing Matt Lawrence with Alassane N'Diaye.

86
Yellow Card
 

Clint Hill is booked for unsporting behaviour.

85
Substitution
 

West Brom are replacing Graham Dorrans with James Morrison.

84
Yellow Card
 

Graham Dorrans goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

83
Red Card
 

It's red. He's off. Neil Danns has been sent off.

77
Substitution
 

Jonas Olsson is replaced by Abdoulaye Meite.

77
Substitution
 

Johannes Ertl is being taken off, Stern John has come on in his place.

75
Yellow Card
 

Jonas Olsson is booked for unsporting behaviour.

73
Yellow Card
 

Roman Bednar is booked for unsporting behaviour.

71
Substitution
 

Robert Koren is being taken off, Giles Barnes has come on in his place.

68
Substitution
 

Crystal Palace are replacing Sean Scannell with Alan Lee.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

21
Goal
 

Goal!! Gabriel Tamas scores for West Brom.

18
Yellow Card
 

Steven Reid goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

17
Own Goal
 

Own goal, Steven Reid has put it in his own net.

13
Yellow Card
 

Simon Cox goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Crystal Palace face West Brom at 8pm on Monday, April 26th.