Crystal Palace v Norwich City 26/12/08

CRYSTAL PALACE 3 v 1 NORWICH CITY

Welcome to this afternoon's game at Selhurst Park as Palace look to continue their unubeaten run with victory over Norwich City.

Neil Warnock makes one change to the side that drew with Sheffield United on Saturday, as Alan Lee replaces Shefki Kuqi in attack for only his second Eagles start.

Palace: Speroni, Clyne, Fonte, McCarthy, Hill, Derry, Carle, Oster, Ifill, Scannell, Lee. Subs: Lawrence, Danns, Butterfield, Griffit, Kuqi.

Norwich: Marshall, Ostemobor, Clingan, Doherty, Hoolahan, Fotheringham, Bell, Bertrand, Omozusi, Pattison, Lita. Subs: Drury, Lupoli, Russell, Nelson, Cort.

1 min: Norwich get us underway.

4 min: Hill concedes a corner at the back post with Hoolahan lurking. Ifill clears it though.

5 min: GOAL. Great start for Palace as Fonte gives them the lead. Derry chips a free kick in from the half way line, McCarthy flicks it on and Fonte heads home from six yards. Good goal if a little simple.

10 min: Palace on top but both sides keep giving the ball away.

14 min: All a bit dull now. Ifill's not been at his best so far, giving the ball away a fair bit, same with Scannell.

31 min: Sorry for a sudden loss in commentary everyone, not sure what happened but I've just lost the last 15 minutes.

In case you missed it Gary Doherty scored with a back post header for Norwich to level matters.

31 min: GOAL. Fonte doubles up. Carle takes a quick free kick to release Ifill. His cross to the back post is headed goalwards by Scannell and saved by Marshall, but Fonte is on hand to shoot home via a deflection.

36 min: Palace are suddenly the better side again. They were second best between their goals but are doing better now.

40 min: Palace manage to deal with a free kick this time but it comes out to Hoolahan who skips past Oster and gets a shot away that gets deflected and goes through to Speroni.

41 min: Lita misses a golden opportunity to level matters as Ostemoboor completely fools Ifill in the right corner and crosses low into the middle. With the goal gaping six yards out Lita side foots on to the post. Terrible miss.

44 min: YELLOW CARD. Derry booked for a late challenge on Omozusi. I'm not sure if that's the fifth or sixth for him on top of his red card, but either way he has a ban coming up.

HALF TIME. In truth Norwich deserve to be level. Palace haven't been great but are still winning and that's what matters.

46 min: Palace get us back underway and there are no changes.

49 min: Ostemoboor's long free-kick finds its way through to Doherty but the header is easy for Speroni.

52 min: Oh dear, McCarthy is holding his shoulder again and is coming off. Perhaps he needs that op after all.

53 min: SUB: Butterfield replaces McCarthy and goes to left back, with Hill moving into the centre.

55 min: Palace almost undone from a free kick again as Lita gets to Bell's cross first but can only help it on to Speroni.

57 min: Palace half-heartedly appeal for a penalty as Carle's half volley is blocked. Nothing given though.

58 min: YELLOW CARD. Oster booked for an identical foul on Hoolahan that he did two minutes earlier.

61 min: Palace struggling to clear their lines at the minute, particularly Fonte who keeps miskicking his clearances.

63 min: Speroni claws the ball out of the bottom corner after Bell's cross comes off Butterfield. Was a good save and for a minute it looked like the keeper had hurt himself but he's ok now.

65 min: SUB: Scannell off, Kuqi on.

70 min: Palace back on top but can't find a way through, Lee is playing right wing.

74 min: Derry blocks a shot from Hoolahan infront of Speroni as Norwich come back into it.

75 min: SUB Cort on for Pattison.

76 min: SUB: Lee replaced by Lawrence as Palace go defensive. Lawrence has gone to centre, Hill to left back, Butterfield into midfield and Oster wide right.

77 min: YELLOW CARD. Carle booked for a foul.

78 min: Butterfield finds space in the box and puts in a great cross that's begging to be put in a yard out but no one is there.

80 min: YELLOW CARD. Fonte also goes in the book for a foul on Lita.

80 min: Attendance: 17, 180 - second highest of the season after the Barnsley game.

83 min: SUB: Hoolahan off, Russell on. Not much in the way of action right now but Palace look a little jittery.

87 min: Palace struggling to clear their lines but Norwich aren't creating much.

89 min: Great ball from Hill puts Kuqi through but his chest down is just too far ahead of him.

90 min: GOAL. Game over as Butterfield wraps up the points. Oster layed it off to him 20 yards out and he rifled it into the top corner.

Full time: Another win for Palace keeps the run going and they just about deserved it. That's also the first double of the season for the Eagles. Next up is Bristol City on Sunday, see you then.

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