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  • Date:04 Jan 2014
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The Hawthorns
  • Attendance:12,700
  • Gayle (22) Chamakh (90)
Goal!

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The match has reached full-time.

94:16 +4.16

Marouane Chamakh scores a right footed goal. West Brom 0-2 Crystal Palace.Assist on the goal came from Yannick Bolasie.

92:25 +2.25

Damien Delaney takes the free kick.

91:55 +1.55

Morgan Amalfitano concedes a free kick for a foul on Dwight Gayle.

91:39 +1.39

Corner taken by James Morrison from the right by-line.

91:26 +1.26

Zoltan Gera takes a shot.

89:14

Free kick crossed by Goran Popov.

89:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Goran Popov by Marouane Chamakh.

87:49

Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

87:42

Foul by Dwight Gayle on Goran Popov, free kick awarded.

87:24

Corner taken by Jason Puncheon.

85:46

The referee blows for offside.

84:22

Shot by Stephane Sessegnon cleared the net.

82:31

Shot by Saido Berahino.

81:19

Claudio Yacob goes off and Stephane Sessegnon comes on.

80:20

Corner taken by Morgan Amalfitano from the left by-line.

78:13

Barry Bannan goes off and Jason Puncheon comes on.

77:57

Jonathan Williams goes off and Marouane Chamakh comes on.

77:37

Shot by Dwight Gayle went over the bar.

74:14

Zoltan Gera restarts play with the free kick.

74:08

Yannick Bolasie concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoltan Gera.

72:56

Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Julian Speroni safely holds on.

72:31

Adrian Mariappa challenges Scott Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick.

72:00

Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

71:46

Yannick Bolasie fouled by Morgan Amalfitano, the ref awards a free kick.

70:20

Corner taken by Scott Sinclair.

69:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by Morgan Amalfitano.

69:23

Saido Berahino takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Fine finger tip save by Julian Speroni.

68:29

Scott Sinclair comes on in place of Matej Vydra.

67:34

(Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Stuart O'Keefe coming on for Hiram Boateng.

65:24

Free kick taken by Matej Vydra.

65:18

Yannick Bolasie is penalised for a handball.

63:23

Corner taken by Morgan Amalfitano.

61:45

Corner taken by Zoltan Gera from the right by-line.

60:37

Free kick crossed by Gareth McAuley.

60:02

Morgan Amalfitano is brought on as a substitute for Craig Dawson.

59:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Parr on Craig Dawson.

58:29

Saido Berahino crosses the ball.

57:19

Corner taken by Zoltan Gera.

56:57

A cross is delivered by Craig Dawson.

56:16

Barry Bannan shoots direct from the free kick and goes left of the target.

55:41

Caution for Diego Lugano.

55:37

Diego Lugano concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Williams.

54:55

Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

54:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Dawson on Kagisho Dikgacoi.

52:57

Adrian Mariappa produces a cross.

51:53

Header by Yannick Bolasie strikes the bar.

51:34

Corner taken by Jonathan Williams from the left by-line.

50:01

Saido Berahino takes a shot. Julian Speroni fumbles the ball.

49:04

Goran Popov fouled by Yannick Bolasie, the ref awards a free kick.

47:40

Zoltan Gera takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

47:10

Damien Delaney restarts play with the free kick.

46:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Dawson on Jonathan Williams.

45:36

Saido Berahino takes a shot. Julian Speroni catches the ball.

The match restarts for the second half.

The referee calls an end to the first half.

42:54

Hiram Boateng handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

42:01

Shane Long heads at goal. Julian Speroni catches the ball.

41:31

Hiram Boateng is given a yellow card.

41:17

Zoltan Gera fouled by Hiram Boateng, the ref awards a free kick.

39:57

Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

39:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Bannan by Shane Long.

38:30

Free kick taken by Zoltan Gera.

38:22

Foul by Adrian Mariappa on Shane Long, free kick awarded.

32:51

Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

32:32

Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Williams.

30:57

The ball is swung over by Saido Berahino.

27:05

Barry Bannan takes the free kick.

26:40

Zoltan Gera receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

26:14

Foul by Zoltan Gera on Barry Bannan, free kick awarded.

24:43

Unfair challenge on Diego Lugano by Yannick Bolasie results in a free kick.

24:07

Header by Craig Dawson strikes the bar.

23:46

Corner taken by Zoltan Gera.

23:31

Shane Long takes a shot.

22:14

Dwight Gayle scores a left footed goal. West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace.Hiram Boateng provided the assist for the goal.

21:45

Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

21:17

James Morrison handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

18:44

Barry Bannan takes a shot and goes over the bar.

17:09

Matej Vydra takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

11:59

James Morrison takes the free kick.

11:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hiram Boateng on Matej Vydra.

11:40

Barry Bannan takes the chance to get an effort at goal and strikes the post.

9:16

Saido Berahino takes a shot and cleared the net.

7:59

Zoltan Gera crosses the ball in from the free kick.

7:32

Damien Delaney challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick.

5:47

Gareth McAuley takes the free kick.

5:40

Yannick Bolasie concedes a free kick for a foul on Claudio Yacob.

3:08

Free kick crossed by Zoltan Gera.

2:51

Unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Jonathan Williams results in a free kick.

The referee gets the game underway.

Match Preview

Downing warmed by FA Cup date West Brom caretaker head coach Keith Downing insists the romance of the FA Cup still burns brightly within him as he prepares to lead his side into Saturday's third-round tie at home to Crystal Palace. The status of the world's oldest domestic cup competition has come increasingly into question in recent years as the Barclays Premier League and Champions League grab the headlines and offer greater financial rewards. The spotlight only intensified on Thursday when Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert suggested the majority of top-flight bosses would rather do without the distraction of the FA Cup. But Albion's Downing still has a lovable relationship with a competition the Black Country club have won five times. "I can understand what he (Lambert) is trying to say, obviously the pinnacle financially is the Premier League, the intentions and best interests are for that competition," he said. "But certainly for me, as a traditionalist, I'm big on the FA Cup and I think you've seen in recent times - with Wigan getting there - it's an opportunity for clubs like ourselves to go all the way and achieve something. "And I think if you're a player, ask Ben Watson, the pinnacle of his career is to score the winning goal at Wembley. I'm sure he will tell you that's the best moment of his life. "I think players will see it as an opportunity to go all the way. For me as a traditionalist, watching it years ago live on a Saturday, it's a special competition." The Baggies, who last lifted the trophy in 1968, have bowed out in the third round in two of the past three seasons. In fact, the only time they have reached the quarter-finals in the past 11 years was on route to a semi-final defeat to eventual winners Portsmouth in 2008. "We haven't progressed in recent times in cup competitions and so we want to try to change that record and go as long as we can in the competition," Downing added. "There's still a buzz about it, there's still a feeling about the competition for Saturday and we'll go out there and try to get through to the next round." Managerless West Brom go into the tie on the back of a first league win in 10 attempts with a 1-0 success over Newcastle on New Year's Day. Victory also extended Downing's unbeaten run from his four games at the helm, although he still insists he does not want to take the position full-time. Opponents Palace have certainly improved under Tony Pulis since his appointment at the end of November, and Downing believes they will prove a different proposition to the team Albion beat 2-0 at The Hawthorns earlier this season. "I have total respect for Tony Pulis, whatever side he puts out will be organised and hard to beat," Downing said. "They certainly are a different Palace side to the one who came here at the start of November." Defender Billy Jones has been ruled out having suffered slight concussion after a collision with goalkeeper Ben Foster against Newcastle, sustaining a nasty cut above the eye. Striker Victor Anichebe (groin) continues to be sidelined, while Nicolas Anelka remains in Downing's 20- man squad as the Football Association's investigation into his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration is ongoing. Palace boss Pulis is expected to make wholesale changes. After a busy Christmas period the Eagles are likely to rest a number of first-team regulars, with Kagisho Dikgacoi (hamstring) absent. Fellow midfielder Stuart O'Keefe could make a return following his own hamstring injury but Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray, Jerome Thomas, Paddy McCarthy and Adlene Guedioura all remain sidelined. The FA Cup may be a distraction from league duties but Crystal Palace defender Danny Gabbidon believes a positive result at The Hawthorns could help them in their relegation fight. A home draw to Norwich on New Year's Day saw Palace drop back into the Barclays Premier League bottom three and a tricky trip to the midlands will not be the priority of manager Pulis as he looks to steer the club to top-flight safety. But Gabbidon, who has played in all but two of Palace's league games so far this season, reckons a win at West Brom and subsequent FA Cup progression could play a part in a successful survival bid. "Sometimes cup runs can help," he told the Croydon Advertiser. "It's something up to the manager whether he wants to change players, but sometimes when you're in a run of form you want to keep playing as well. "You just look forward to the next game; it's one we want a good result from. I don't know what's in the manager's mind. At the end of the day, it's another game and one we want to win."

Formation:433Manager: Keith Downing

West Brom

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis

Crystal Palace

  • Ben Foster
  • Diego Lugano
  • Craig Dawson
  • Gareth McAuley
  • Goran Popov
  • James Morrison
  • Claudio Yacob
  • Zoltan Gera
  • Matej Vydra
  • Shane Long
  • Saido Berahino
  • SUBS
  • Liam Ridgewell
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Chris Brunt
  • Boaz Myhill
  • George Thorne
  • Morgan Amalfitano
  • Stephane Sessegnon

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