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Palace 2-1 Charlton Athletic: Murray at the double in Eagles comeback

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CRYSTAL Palace fought back from a goal down to beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 this afternoon at Selhurst Park.

The visitors dominated the first period and should have been at least three goals up, but inspired substitutions from Palace boss Ian Holloway saw Glenn Murray grab two quick goals in the second half.

The Addicks had the first chance of the match when Dorian Dervite whipped in a dangerous ball, only for Jazz Richards to chest behind for a corner.

And from the set-piece, central defender Michael Morrison headed over from six yards.

The visitors had the next chance of the match when Bradley Pritchard controlled a high ball in the Palace box before cutting the ball back to Lawrie Wilson, who shot first time, only for Damien Delaney to put in a timely block.

Wilson appealed for handball, but referee Mark Halsey wasn't interested.

Yannick Bolasie created the Eagles' first attempt after ten minutes when he flicked the ball up on the edge of the box and sent an overhead kick towards goal but Ben Hamer held easily.

However, Charlton took the lead on 15 minutes thanks to Ricardo Fuller. A ball over the top from Chris Solly found the veteran striker through on goal, before he beat a back-tracking Dean Moxey and drilled home through Julian Speroni's legs from a tight angle.

Palace tried to respond but a number of wayward passes began to frustrate the home faithful as the half went on.

Richards, playing his second game on loan from Swansea City, whipped in a dangerous ball on the half-hour mark which caused some confusion for Ben Hamer and Leon Cort, but the goalkeeper gathered at the second attempt.

But it was rare attack for Ian Holloway's team as the Addicks went very close to getting a second goal after 33 minutes.

First, Bradley Pritchard was denied inside the box by Speroni after an attempted lob, and from the following corner, Leon Cort somehow headed over from just two yards after Speroni had got a slight hand to the ball.

And Charlton cranked up the pressure a minute later when a brilliant cross from Pritchard was challenged for by Delaney and Johnnie Jackson, but it was the latter who reacted quickest and forced a low save from Speroni from 12 yards.

The Addicks had dominated the contest from the off and they were a whisker away from grabbing a deserved second when Jackson glanced a header past Speroni, but it hit the outside of the post.

The absence of Mile Jedinak in the middle was clear to see in the first period.

However, new loan striker Kevin Phillips came on for Butterfield at the break and they started the second period well, with Phillips playing in Zaha, who shot with the outside of the boot just wide in front of the Holmesdale Stand.

But they had to call on Speroni to keep them in the match on the hour when he made a superb save over the bar following a curling effort from Fuller outside the box.

A minute later, Palace went close to equalising when Phillips controlled the ball with his chest inside the box before unleashing a volley at goal, but Hamer did well to parry away for a corner.

Then O'Keefe headed just over after great work by Zaha down the right.

However, O'Keefe was replaced by Jonathan Williams shortly after, while Stephen Dobbie came on for Bolasie as Holloway had no choice but to go for it.

And the move paid off on 77 minutes when Glenn Murray found the bottom corner for the equaliser after good play from Dobbie.

However, things got even better minutes later when Murray put Palace ahead. A ball over the top found the striker, who controlled the ball well before firing past a hesistant Hamer to mark a quite unbelievable turnaround.

Pritchard went close to an Addicks equaliser with minutes remaining with a volley inside the box but Speroni got down well, while up the other end Phillips volleyed over from the right.

And Murray had a great chance for a hat-trick when he curled an effort just wide inside the box in added-on time before referee Halsey blew the final whistle.

Palace: Speroni, Richards, Ramage, Delaney, Moxey, Marrow, O'Keefe (Williams 67), Bolasie (Dobbie 67), Butterfield (Phillips 46), Zaha, Murray.

Subs Not Used: Price, Blake, Wilbraham, Parr.

Attendance:
17,945

By Croydon Advertiser Sports Reporter Mark Ritson

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