Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic 30/09/08
3:52pm Saturday 4th October 2008 in Football
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Hello and welcome to Selhurst Park for tonights Championship game against Charlton Athletic.
Team News - Palace are unchanged from the Ipswich game; Speroni, Hill, Derry, McCarthy, Fonte, Carle, Moses, Beattie, Butterfield, Ifill and Watson
On the bench for the Eagles - Lawrence, Fletcher, Scannell, Oster and Kuqi
Charlton have sold out their 3,000 allocation and are making a fair noise in the away end. The Holmesdale is filling up, it's a warm and clear night. Should be a good 'un.
The Charlton team is read out to plenty of jeers. Pardew's men are likely to line up 4-5-1, whereas Palace could either go 4-3-3 or 4-4-2. Kuqi's name got a few jeers from the Main Stand...
Palace kick-off towards the Holmesdale
1 MIN - Watson takes the corner - it's a good one, but Charlton clear. Decent early pressure from the home side.
3 MIN - Moses wins a corner down the left. Watson takes. It bobbles about, finds Ifill just inside the area - he side foots it goal wards, Bailey heads over. Watson takes the corner again, Hudson heads behind over the bar. Another corner from the other side, Watson trots across, Weaver punches clear. It's hoisted back in, another corner. Watson takes again, out swinging - Charlton finally clear. Great Palace pressure that has silenced the Charlton fans.
10 MIN - Charlton win their first corner - but it's hard and fast across goal and out for a throw-in.
12 MIN - Ifill attacks from midfield, he's pushed wide, shoots from outside the box off balance, and it flies over.
13 MIN - Hudson clears. And is booed.
14 MIN - Matt Holland fouls Watson in a central position 35 yards out. The wall charges down the free-kick.
15 MIN - Hudson clips Beattie in a central position. Watson takes, it hits the wall. Wasted. Kuqi and Scannell jog down the touchline, Kuqi claps the crowd, the crowd claps back. How things are forgotten when there is an injury crisis.
20 MIN - The game has hit a bit of a lull, free-kicks going each way.
23 MIN - Moses gets down the left and crosses low - but there is no-one to latch onto the ball.
25 MINS - Linvoy Primus just about gets his back pass away to Weaver with Beattie bearing down on him. Still the game is in a lull, not much happening. The opening promised much but it has died right down.
27 MINS - Butterfield brings down Bouazza on the left touchline - the free-kick is whipped in but Speroni collects. Neither team is on top and it's making for a poor spectacle for the fans.
29 MINS - Victor Moses collects the ball in midfields, bears down on goal and shoots low and hard from 25 yards - Weaver is out-stretched to his left, and the ball shaves the outside of the post. This game could have done with that being a goal!
32 MIN - Palace's best chance of the game - Butterfield throw in, finds Moses, back to Butterfield who plays in Ifill beautifully in the area with a slide rule pass - but Weaver is just about equal to the shot and saves. The ball goes behind, Watson takes the inswinger, and Beattie gets a touch at the far post and it comes off the cross bar.
33 MIN - Palace win another corner, Fonte comes onto it but the ball is deflected behind. Another corner, and this time Charlton clear. Good pressure from Palace, given the fans something to shout about. But they need to convert the pressure into a goal and take the lead.
35 MIN - Beattie is on the left, waving the Palace forwards into the box. But Ifill is slow into the box, and Beattie crosses behind anyway. But it shows Palace need to get men into the box quickly.
37 MIN - Bouazza races down the left and smashes a shot goalwards - Speroni beats it away.
42 MIN - Charlton win a corner. It's short and Palace clear.
44 MIN - Palace win a free-kick on the half-way line right on the right flank. Butterfield pumps it forward, McCarthy heads down - but Charlton clear.
45 MIN - Charlton win a corner. Bouazza takes. Beattie meets it at the near post.
One minute of injury time
The teams head in 0-0 at half-time. Palace have been the team on top, and should be heading in a goal or two up. Lets see if they can go forward in the second half and take a much needed three points.
Charlton kick off the second half. They win a free-kick straight away, Palace clear - Youga slashes the ball goalwards and it's just over.
47 MIN - Carle shoots, Weaver saves with his left hand, and the ball rebounds off the rushing in Ifill before he can shoot into the unguarded net. A glorious chance.
49 MINS - Watson pings over a free-kick. Weaver punches clear at his far post under pressure. Palace need to make their possession count.
52 MIN - Good work from Moses to find Clint Hill - he crosses, Ifill shoots, has a second go as the ball comes back to him, and it's just wide of Weaver's right hand and out for a goal-kick
53 MIN - Fonte twists and turns on the edge of the area and shoots over. It's deflected, so a corner. But Charlton clear.
55 MIN - Watson takes another attacking free-kick but it's straight at Weaver.
59 MIN - Fonte tangles with Hudson in the penalty box - could have been a penalty on another day. The Charlton fans thought so.
60 MIN - Cranie floats a free-kick into the box, Palace struggle to clear. Charlton are having a bit of pressure and Palace can't get out of their half. Until Darren Ambrose shoots wildly over.
62 MINS - GOAL FOR PALACE! Watson crosses deep from the right, Beattie pulls off between Primus and Cranie and has a free header which he nods downwards back across Weaver. It had been coming and it was deserved.
68 MIN - Tripple Sub from Charlton is waiting to happen. Pardew needs to turn this around.
69 MIN - Charlton Subs - Ambrose OFF Zheng Zhi ON, Holland OFF, Andy Gray ON, Sam OFF, Svetolsav Todorov ON.
71 MIN - Butterfield fouled, quick free-kick taken, Ifill shoots in the area and wins a corner. Watson takes the corner, finds Fonte at the far post who smacks a shot against the bar, fall to Ifill who can't guide the ball into the back of the net and shoots over again!
76 MIN - Luke Varney tangles with Speroni and Fonte, and the ball is loose. But the Palace keeper sorts the situation and Palace escape. Palace could do with a second goal!
CROWD = 16,358 with 2,648 in the away end
78 MIN - Varney is about to pull the trigger but Butterfield comes across to take the ball off his toes and out for a corner. Palace then clear the corner.
82 MIN - Palace Sub - Beattie OFF (to a standing ovation) Kuqi ON (to mainly cheers, but a few jeers) and Nick Carle OFF (to more clapping) with Carl Fletcher (ON)
84 MIN - Butterfield and Youga are given a lecture by the ref, Mr M Russell, who has had a very good game. Still no cards shown.
Palace fans have given Danny Butterfield their Man Of The Match
88 MIN - Moses sets Kuqi free on goal, he runs forward, gets in the box, but his shot is turned behind for a corner. Corner taken short - Palace are playing out time.
4 mins of injury time being played
90 + 2 MINS Palace Sub Victor Moses OFF, Sean Scannell ON. Moses had a great game
All over - and Palace beat Charlton 1-0. A very well deserved win, and a half decent game of football. In truth, Warnock's men should have won by more but three points over neighbours Charlton is more than enough.
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