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Corner taken right-footed by Neil Danns from the left by-line to the near post, Lewis McGugan makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul McKenna on Kemy Agustien. Kemy Agustien takes the direct free kick.
Paul McKenna has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Wilfried Zaha fouled by Chris Gunter, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Chris Gunter for unsporting behaviour. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Darren Ambrose, save by Karl Darlow.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Neil Danns.
Wilfried Zaha fouled by Chris Cohen, the ref awards a free kick. Nathaniel Clyne restarts play with the free kick.
David McGoldrick scores a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 0-3 Nottm Forest.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Cohen, clearance by Claude Davis.
Wilfried Zaha challenges David McGoldrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Chambers restarts play with the free kick.
Lewis McGugan challenges Sean Scannell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kemy Agustien restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McKenna by Wilfried Zaha. Free kick taken by Luke Chambers.
Kemy Agustien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Anderson. Lee Camp leaves the field to be replaced by Karl Darlow. Direct free kick taken by Lewis McGugan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by David McGoldrick. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
Wilfried Zaha comes on in place of David Wright.
Marcus Tudgay scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Crystal Palace 0-2 Nottm Forest.Assist on the goal came from Brendan Moloney.
David McGoldrick comes on in place of Kris Boyd.
Outswinging corner taken by Lewis McGugan.
Corner taken by Chris Cohen, Kemy Agustien manages to make a clearance.
Paul Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Danns. Darren Ambrose restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Gunter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Danns. Darren Ambrose crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, clearance by Wes Morgan.
Lewis McGugan concedes a free kick for a foul on Kemy Agustien. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Paul McKenna on for Guy Moussi. Sean Scannell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Easter.
Neil Danns has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Handball by Kris Boyd. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line.
Neil Danns fouled by Chris Gunter, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Darren Ambrose, clearance by Guy Moussi.
Kris Boyd is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.
Guy Moussi challenges Jermaine Easter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Ambrose crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Lee Camp.
Foul by Chris Cohen on Darren Ambrose, free kick awarded. Darren Ambrose takes the free kick.
Lewis McGugan takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Danns by Chris Cohen. Free kick crossed by David Wright, save by Lee Camp.
Darren Ambrose takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Lewis McGugan.
The referee blows for offside against Jermaine Easter. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Easter by Wes Morgan. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Darren Ambrose.
Claude Davis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pablo Counago.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Moxey on Marcus Tudgay. Dean Moxey receives a red card for violent conduct. Free kick crossed by Chris Cohen.
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen from the right by-line.
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen to the near post, David Wright manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Jermaine Easter. Free kick taken by Chris Cohen.
The referee blows for offside against Chris Cohen. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Lewis McGugan finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 0-1 Nottm Forest.
Effort on goal by Paul Anderson from 18 yards. Julian Speroni makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Darren Ambrose.
Effort on goal by Lewis McGugan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken by Lewis McGugan from the left by-line, Luke Chambers takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Easter on Wes Morgan. Wes Morgan takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line, Kris Boyd makes a clearance.
Kris Boyd challenges Dean Moxey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Ambrose takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Darren Ambrose, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Patrick McCarthy misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Counago by Wes Morgan. Free kick crossed by Darren Ambrose, Chris Cohen makes a clearance.
Vaughan doubt for Eagles
James Vaughan needs a late fitness check ahead of Crystal Palace's clash with Nottingham Forest.
Vaughan is rated 50-50 with an ankle injury in what will be the final match of his loan spell from Everton.
Fellow strikers Steffen Iversen and Pablo Counago are in line to return to the squad.
Iversen missed last week's draw at Hull with an ankle knock and Counago was absent through illness.
Manager Dougie Freedman is also boosted by the return of midfielder Neil Danns and winger Sean Scannell from suspension.
Left-back Lee Hills (knee) and midfielder Alex Marrow (ankle) remain long-term absentees for Palace, who secured their Championship survival with the point they picked up at the KC Stadium.
Robert Earnshaw is suspended as Forest look to secure a play-off spot.
The Wales international will serve a one-match ban after he was sent off during the home victory against Scunthorpe.
Fellow striker Robbie Findley remains a doubt after missing last weekend`s game with a thigh problem.
Boss Billy Davies has a selection poser at left-back after Paul Konchesky returned to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell. Joel Lynch (thigh) remains sidelined, so Davies must pick from Julian Bennett, Chris Cohen or Chris Gunter.
Forward Nathan Tyson continues to struggle with the thigh injury that has seen him miss the last three matches.
A draw will confirm a top-six spot for Forest, who have a superior goal difference over seventh-placed Leeds.
Forest clinch play-off spot
Nottingham Forest secured their place in the npower Championship play-offs with a comfortable 3-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The victory means Billy Davies' side will now tackle Swansea in the play-off semi-finals after Brendan Rodgers' men leapfrogged bitter rivals Cardiff into third place.
Forest will hope to improve on last year's effort in the season finale when they were beaten by Blackpool - who went on to secure a place in the Barclays Premier League - at the last four stage.
Going into the encounter, the visitors knew they needed just a point to secure a place in the end-of-season shake-up while Palace had little to play for given they ensured safety last week.
And the difference between the sides' ambitions showed in a one-sided clash which Forest dominated throughout.
They were set on their way by Lewis McGugan's 17th-minute strike and, after Eagles centre-back Dean Moxey was sent off, Davies' side became more dominant.
Marcus Tudgay and David McGoldrick added goals in the second half as Forest gave themselves an opportunity to reach the promised land after a 12-year absence.
Spurred on by the possibility of a play-off berth, the visitors showed intent from the off and almost took the lead in the ninth minute.
McGugan further underlined his credentials from set-pieces to deliver an excellently directed corner which Luke Chambers headed against the crossbar.
They did not have to wait much longer to open the scoring, though, with McGugan putting them ahead with a typically classy finish.
Anthony Gardner failed to get any distance on his headed clearance from a hopeful long ball, allowing McGugan to fire home a well placed volley from a tight angle.
Any hopes Palace had of claiming anything from the game were hampered significantly in the 25th minute when Moxey received a straight red card for a high challenge on Tudgay.
Davies' men dominated for the rest of the opening period, while Palace's one-man disadvantage was showing as they offered little threat.
Whatever Dougie Freedman said to his players at half-time appeared to work as the hosts showed more endeavour in the second period.
However, they failed to transfer that into clear-cut chances as Forest continued to enjoy a worry-free afternoon.
The visitors continued to create the better opportunities and they all but guaranteed a play-off spot in the 69th minute.
Brendan Moloney was the orchestrator, sending in a delicious right wing cross which Tudgay headed home.
McGoldrick added further gloss to the scoreline with 10 minutes remaining through a moment of real quality, picking up the ball 25 yards from goal before unleashing an unstoppable effort past a helpless Julian Speroni.
Cardiff's 1-1 draw at Burnley, coupled with Swansea's 4-0 victory over relegated Sheffield United, means Forest will take on the Swans in the semi-finals.
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