Monday, 10 December 2012

01/12/12 League Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 3-0 win

Ask any Palace fan and this will be the fixture they will first look to on the calendar. But along with the excitement of beating old foes, there is the added element of fear of losing.

The usual frenetic opening but it wasn’t long until the first talking point. Bolasie took advantage of a mistake from centre back Dunk who only succeeded in bringing him down to a certain red card. From the resultant free kick Garvan hit the cross bar. If the home fans were not fired up already then they were now whipped up into a frenzy. Then it came, the home side taking the lead through Murray who headed past the keeper from a corner. The half time whistle was welcome if only for the fans to take a breath. 

There was no let up in the second half, Palace only needed until the 54th minute to double the lead. It was Murray that rather fortunately won it and brushed himself off and slotted it home. In the year of the penalty, it was another that put Palace three up. A rather bizarre and blatant push on Murray who sportingly handed the honours to Garvan, who duly obliged. 

View from TheEaglesBeak; Forgive the rather partial view of the game but that was oh so enjoyable and the team has found its mojo again and against no better opponents.  

01 Speroni
02 Ward (Moritz 54’)
27 Delaney - booked
28 Ramage
04 Parr
07 Bolasie
08 Dikgacoi - booked
10 Garvan GOAL 71’ pen
15 Jedinak (Moxey 85’)
16 Zaha
17 Murray GOALS 38’, 54’ (pen) (Wilbraham 74’)

Unused substitutes; 34 Price, 33 Gabbidon, 22 O’Keefe, 19 Easter

Referee; Russell
Attendence; 20,114

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