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Effort from the edge of the box by Marvin Emnes goes wide of the left-hand post.
Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. Save made by Carl Ikeme.
Tony McMahon fouled by Mile Jedinak, the ref awards a free kick. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.
Foul by Nicky Bailey on Jonathan Williams, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mile Jedinak.
Corner taken short by Mile Jedinak. Mile Jedinak takes a corner.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mile Jedinak.
Effort on goal by Kevin Thomson from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Jermaine Easter takes a shot.
Mile Jedinak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes. The referee shows Mile Jedinak a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Rhys Williams takes the direct free kick.
(Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Williams coming on for David Wright.
Wilfried Zaha produces a cross, Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.
Shot from deep inside the area by Sean Scannell goes over the bar. Stephen McManus joins the action as a substitute, replacing Faris Haroun.
Sean Scannell concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Thomson. Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.
Marvin Emnes fouled by Patrick McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.
Kevin Thomson comes on in place of Scott McDonald.
Joe Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha. The referee shows Joe Bennett a red card for second bookable offence. Wilfried Zaha crosses the ball, Header on goal by Glenn Murray from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Scott McDonald goes wide right of the goal.
Barry Robson delivers the ball, save made by Julian Speroni.
Justin Hoyte produces a cross, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.
Rhys Williams fouled by Wilfried Zaha, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.
Wilfried Zaha produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Peter Ramage on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the left by-line, Foul by Rhys Williams on Patrick McCarthy, free kick awarded. Jonathan Parr leaves the field to be replaced by Glenn Murray. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
(Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Wilfried Zaha coming on for Darren Ambrose.
A cross is delivered by Justin Hoyte, save by Julian Speroni. Corner from the left by-line taken by Barry Robson, Rhys Williams takes a shot. Dean Moxey gets a block in. Marvin Emnes finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 0-1 Middlesbrough.
Marvin Emnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Ambrose. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Darren Ambrose from right wing, Faris Haroun fouled by Patrick McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Ikeme takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Scannell by Barry Robson. Barry Robson receives a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by Darren Ambrose, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Joe Bennett.
Effort on goal by Jermaine Easter from long range goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Robson on Mile Jedinak. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Centre by Marvin Emnes, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance. Marvin Emnes decides to take a short corner.
Sean Scannell challenges Rhys Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by David Wright. Free kick taken by Barry Robson.
The ball is crossed by Peter Ramage, Rhys Williams gets a block in. Mile Jedinak takes a shot. Save made by Carl Ikeme.
The ball is crossed by Peter Ramage.
Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line, clearance made by Matthew Bates.
Justin Hoyte takes a shot. Blocked by David Wright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Scannell on Tony McMahon. Direct free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.
The ball is delivered by Barry Robson, Julian Speroni makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, clearance by Peter Ramage.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mile Jedinak by Joe Bennett. Joe Bennett is cautioned. Free kick taken by Darren Ambrose.
Shot from just outside the area by Jonathan Parr goes over the bar.
David Wright produces a cross, clearance made by Rhys Williams.
Dean Moxey delivers the ball, Carl Ikeme makes a save.
Barry Robson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Julian Speroni.
The ball is crossed by Sean Scannell, clearance by Matthew Bates.
Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon from the left by-line, Aleksandar Tunchev manages to make a clearance.
Joe Bennett fouled by Jonathan Parr, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Williams.
Faris Haroun crosses the ball, Aleksandar Tunchev manages to make a clearance.
Joe Bennett takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
Justin Hoyte sends in a cross, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.
Jermaine Easter handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Williams.
A cross is delivered by Marvin Emnes, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott McDonald. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
Jermaine Easter produces a cross.
Scott McDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Justin Hoyte, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance. Corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line, clearance by Peter Ramage. Faris Haroun concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Ramage. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Easter on Nicky Bailey. Free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Easter on Carl Ikeme. Carl Ikeme takes the direct free kick.
Justin Hoyte delivers the ball, save by Julian Speroni.
Jermaine Easter produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Carl Ikeme. Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, Nicky Bailey makes a clearance.
Rhys Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Scannell. The ball is swung over by Darren Ambrose, Header from close in by Patrick McCarthy misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Barry Robson on Peter Ramage, free kick awarded. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Scannell on Tony McMahon. Carl Ikeme takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Faris Haroun on Mile Jedinak. Darren Ambrose restarts play with the free kick.
Promising progress for Palace players
Crystal Palace's injury problems are clearing up ahead of the visit of Middlesbrough.
Midfielder Alex Marrow (ankle) and striker Steffen Iversen (hamstring) were on the bench for the first time this season in Tuesday night's Carling Cup win over Wigan and will be involved again.
Summer signing Glenn Murray came through his first 90 minutes of the campaign against the Latics after an ankle problem and the former Brighton forward should keep his place.
Defender Nathaniel Clyne (foot) and midfielders Kagisho Dikgacoi (hamstring) and Owen Garvan (hip) are still out but all could be back by the end of the month.
Goalkeeper Julian Speroni, midfielders Mile Jedinak and Jonathan Parr and strikers Sean Scannell and Jermaine Easter were rested on Tuesday night and should return.
Defender Stephen McManus is hoping to be fit for Middlesbrough.
The Scotland international limped out of last weekend's 2-0 win at Burnley after damaging a knee in a collision with team-mate Rhys Williams.
McManus' injury is currently being assessed, but he is hopeful of making what will be the first of two visits to Selhurst Park inside four days with a Carling Cup third round clash to come on Tuesday evening.
Manager Tony Mowbray otherwise has no fresh fitness concerns with only his long-term absentees still missing.
However, midfielder Kevin Thomson now has two reserve-team appearances under his belt after surgery on his ankle and leg, and goalkeeper Jason Steele is expected to return by the end of the month as he continues his recovery from a wrist fracture.
Boro hit top spot
Marvin Emnes scored his eighth goal of the season as 10-man Middlesbrough moved to the top of the npower Championship with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The in-form striker netted the winner midway through the second-half to ensure Tony Mowbray's side, who had Joe Bennett sent off, maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
After a fine start to the campaign, Palace failed to get on the scoresheet for the first time this season as Jermaine Easter was denied by the crossbar late on.
The Eagles slipped to their second consecutive npower Championship defeat and their first home loss of the campaign.
The hosts had the opening chances of the match.
Defender Patrick McCarthy, who scored against Leeds last week, headed Darren Ambrose's corner over before Easter, after a surging run, struck a fierce shot from 25 yards that Boro goalkeeper Carl Ikeme had to tip over the crossbar.
Palace continued to attack and Ikeme was tested again, this time Jonathan Parr was denied from 20 yards.
Finally, after plenty of early possession, Boro had their first chances. Barry Robson had a shot blocked before Eagles shot-stopper Julian Speroni was tested for the first time after 25 minutes from an ambitious Joe Bennett 30-yard effort.
Robson had another effort from distance but Speroni gathered with ease.
After hesitant defending from Boro's back-line, the ball fell to Parr but the midfielder drilled his 25-yard strike over the crossbar.
Striker Sean Scannell was a thorn in Middlesbrough's defence, attacking at pace, and was unlucky not to provide the opener when Ikeme almost parried his deflected shot into the path of fellow frontman Easter.
With the final act of the first half, Faris Haroun headed Robson's teasing corner over the crossbar.
Mile Jedinak, five minutes after half time, tested Ikeme but the goalkeeper was equal to the midfielder's 20-yard strike, before Easter's snap shot flew over the crossbar.
Speroni had to tip over a Justin Hoyte cross and, after Palace failed to clear from the resulting corner, the visitors broke the deadlock against the run of play after 65 minutes when Emnes found the net from a tight angle.
Substitute Wilfried Zaha, replacing Ambrose, almost made an immediate impact but failed to find an end product after a mazy run through the Boro defence.
The game sparked into life after 75 minutes when Boro were reduced to 10 men after Bennett was given a second yellow card for bringing down the lively Zaha.
From the resulting free-kick, substitute Glenn Murray header over.
Zaha, after a lucky break, squared the ball to Easter but the striker fired against the bar eight minutes from time.
Despite four minutes of added time, Murray could only head straight at Ikeme, while Emnes should have wrapped up the game with the last kick of the game but he fired wide.
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