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GAK Graz 1-13 Crystal Palace: Eagles smash Austrian part-timers

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CRYSTAL Palace kicked off their pre-season campaign with a stunning 13-1 victory against GAK Graz in Austria on Wednesday evening. Stephen Dobbie grabbed four goals, while Jonny Williams and Glenn Murray scored braces. Youngster Jake Gray also got himself on the scoresheet. At the Kalsdorf Stadium, boss Tony Pulis started with Wayne Hennessey in goal, while Glenn Murray and Dwight Gayle were given a chance up front together. It took just four minutes for Palace to take the lead when a whipped-in corner was headed upwards and back into the mixer, before Joe Ledley prodded home from close range. The Eagles doubled their lead shortly after when Yannick Bolasie converted a penalty with ease after he was fouled. It was soon number three on 18 minutes when Murray found the back of the net. Hennessey was given something to do after 33 minutes when he saved a shot comfortably straight at him, before Murray helped himself to his second of the evening with Palace's fourth. Hennessey was on hand to tip a long range effort around the post, before the Eagles grabbed a fifth when Jerome Thomas raced on to find the bottom corner. Pulis made wholesale changes at the break, with the likes of Paddy McCarthy, Jonny Williams, Marouane Chamakh, Stephen Dobbie, Jake Gray, Hiram Boateng, Stuart O'Keefe, Peter Ramage and Jose Campana getting a run out. Fans who may have been expecting another easy 45 minutes were given something to think about when the hosts grabbed a goal back to huge applause through Laurent Sacher shortly into the second period. But then it did become extremely easy. Jonny Williams looked lively with a couple of chances before delivering a low ball across the box. And then what was to come next was nothing less than spectacular from Dobbie, who scored a hat-trick in the space of five minutes to put Palace into a 8-1 lead. It was soon number nine when Gray found the net for Palace, before Chamakh got himself on the scoresheet with Palace's tenth of the night. Williams grabbed Palace's 11th, before the impressive Dobbie scored his fourth with another cool finish. He nearly got a fifth, only for the home goalkeeper to make a fine save to everyone's surprise. Williams then finished off the rout with his second of the night to end the scoring and send the travelling Palace fans extremely happy. Money well spent in their minds, indeed. Palace first half: Hennessey, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Jerome Williams, Bolasie, Bannan, Ledley, Thomas, Murray, Gayle. Palace second half: Kettings, Hunt, Ramage, McCarthy, Boateng, O'Keefe, Campana, Gray, Jonny Williams, Dobbie, Chamakh.

GAK Graz 1-13 Crystal Palace: Eagles smash Austrian part-timers


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