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December 7, 2013
• Selhurst Park, London
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 23705
C. Jerome 6'
M. Chamakh 58'
That's it from me, Greg Taylor, thanks for joining us and have a great Saturday night.
Full Time: So it ends Palace 2-0 Cardiff. Brilliant from Tony Pulis' side, they have now won two on the bounce and can start looking up the table. Cameron Jerome was simply immense today and looks to be forming a decent partnership with Marouane Chamakh. Both on the score sheet today with good finises. Malky Mackay has plenty to think about after another loss. He'll need to rally his troops and pick them up for next weekends game against West Brom. A must win game now surely for the Scot.
90' + 3'
Malky Mackay looks annoyed, furiously chewing his gum as he watches his side head for another defeat. It'll be be one win in nine after today. Will he still be in a job come Monday morning?
90' + 1'
There's going to be four minutes of added time. No one knows why.
Just seen another replay of that ball crossing the line. It seems Jerome did have a point. It was well over the line. Why didn't the goal line technology work there then?
Puncheon again twisting and turning Cardiff defenders inside out, he gets down the to the byline and wins another corner. Turner heads it clear but Palace regain possession.
This game as a contest is completely over now. Cardiff just want it all to end. Palace are just passing it around at the back, keeping Cardiff at arms length.
Chamakh has scored three goals from a mere four shots on target in the Premier League this season. Efficient stuff from the Moroccan. Bannan makes way for O'Keefe.
Cardiff look a beaten team. Puncheon again runs at John, beats him and gets a shot away. Marshall is equal to it and gets down to grab it with both hands.
CLOSE! Another chance for Jerome. Excellent play by Puncheon who cuts it back to Jerome but he drags his shot just wide from 10 yards out. Turner hasn't been able to handle him today.
Chamakh continues to work tirelessly as he closes down John with a spring in his step. The home fans can be happy with both the performance and work rate of their side today.
Crystal Palace have picked up seven points from their last four games, keeping clean sheets in three of them - that's two points more than Manchester United over the same period.They might have another today. Pulis really has got them playing his way, strong at the back and hard to beat.
Sight of goal for Cornelius, he runs onto a fine through ball but just drags his shot wide of the far post. Good movement from the Dane.
Jerome still arguing with the fourth official. Get on with the game, you;re winning! Another corner for Palace, Bannan finds Delaney but his header is just over.
WAS IT IN? Cameron Jerome certainly thinks so. A corner is taken but it's saved by Marshall on the line. Looking at the replays it didn't cross the line.
Mackay has made a change, Cornelius replaces Campbell. Maybe to protect his start striker, but also to give their summer signing some match time.
Cardiff definitely having their best passage of the match. Palace have just dropped off after their second goal. They don't want to go too defensive, it's inviting pressure from the Blue (Red) birds.
CHANCE! Cowie puts in a great cross and Odemwingie gets in between the two Palace centre backs but heads it over. You'd expect the Nigerian international to score that. But it's a positive for Cardiff.
Jerome again fends off two or three challenges and holds the ball up before his teammates join him. Palace have an extra spring in their step, the payers look hungry and want a third.
Cardiff's only win in their last eight games was their south Wales derby victory over Swansea on 3 November (W1, D3, L4). Can't see that improving today.
Now what can Cardiff do. They haven't looked going forward and I can't see them scoring two goals from this position. They're bringing on Odemwingie for Kim to hopefully stretch the Palace back four and force a goal.
Goal Marouane Chamakh
GOAL! But not for long. Tuesday's match winner scores again and didn't he take it well. The ball falls to Chamakh on the edge of the box, he controls it with his first touch before burying it past Marshall with his second. Crowd rocking, Pulis smiling, so happy his baseball cap fell off.
CLOSE! Again, terrific play by Jerome, he picks it up on the left and runs at the Cardiff defence before hitting it low and hard into the corner, Marshall sees it early and parries it for a corner. Bannan crosses it to the back post, it falls to Jedinak who can't get a shot away and Cardiff survive.
Palace have a dangerous free kick on the edge of the area after Puncheon is brought down by Mutch. Bannan is standing over hit and looks most likely to take it. He does, but floats it toward Chamakh who heads it back across goal but no one is there to make contact. Nicely worked.
Better from Cardiff this half. Noone looks lively down the right and whips in a great cross, it's slightly over hit but the intention is there. Mackay's side look like they're growing in confidence.
Jedinak looks like a better Fellaini to me. Perhaps Man Utd would have been better off spending almost 30 million on the Australian instead. Puncheon gives away a foul on the far side and Cardiff have a free kick.
Nice play by Jedinak again. Everything good for Palace goes through him. He plays a through ball to Chamakh who lays it back to Puncheon, his shot is drilled hard and low but just wide. At the other end, Cardiff win a corner.
Mackay has made a change at half time, with Craig Noone replacing Cowie. Will he be able to help his side find an equaliser?
And we're back underway here at Selhurst Park, Palace kick off.
The players are back out, the second half will begin shortly.
Cardiff could have scored within the first minute, only for Campbell to shoot right at Speroni. But since then have rarely threatened and don't look like they have many ideas. Pulis definitely the happier manager at half time, but it's not over yet. Cardiff very much still in this one.
HALF-TIME: Palace are on course to win back to back league games for the first times this season. They started brightly and deservedly took the lead through the excellent Cameron Jerome.
Great play by Ward. he makes a storming run through the middle, running past three players before shooting. His shot is deflected and Bannan is readying to take the corner.
The quality has dropped but you sense something could happen. Palace look good going forward and Cardiff have enough quality up front to make a goal out of nothing.
Still not much happening of note. But another long ball helps Palace win another corner. Puncheon got in behind Turner and forced a tackle to take the ball out of play.
The game has gone rather flat after the busy opening 20 minutes. But it's still Palace on top. Cardiff do finally get away and Mutch does well to win a free kick only 25 yards out after being fouled by Gabbidon.
Nice little fact for you here. Palace's three league wins this season have all come under different managers: Ian Holloway, Keith Millen (caretaker manager) and Tony Pulis. Might be another win on the way today. Palace have a throw on the far side.
Ward has gone to full-back with Moxey off, with Mariappa playing at centre-back in a reshaped Palace defence which has had it pretty easy so far.
The Eagles have played really well so far, a marked improvement on a few weeks ago. Mackay will be a little worried how wasteful his side have been. They seem to have no ideas going forward currently.
Fantastic play by Palace! Jedinak releases Jerome who lays it back to Jedinak. He has time to spread it wide to Puncheon who goes past the left back but shoots wide. Jerome really is doing a great job of leading the line, causing Caulker all sorts of problems.
Palace are forced into making a change, Dean Moxey has gone off injured and is replaced by Adrian Mariappa.
The visitors are struggling to keep possession at this stage. Palace look comfortable at the moment. Good play by Jerome down the right who cuts back and delivers a lovely ball into the back post. John is there to head it out for a corner.
Only twice in the last 16 games have either club won this fixture by more than one goal. After that early goal you'd assume a bit more excitement than usual. Game is getting a little bogged down in midfield, but Jedinak finds space to release Jerome who wins a throw.
Bannan takes a free kick near the half way line and tries to curl it into the back post. Caulker again is first to it and Cardiff can break.
Definitely the best I've seen Palace play so far this season. Pulis has made the players believe again and if they can win again today, they will be only a point off 15th.
Smart keeping from Speroni, Kim almost gets in behind the Palace defence but the keeper is quick off his line and gets hold of the ball before the strike can get a touch. Straight up the other end, Bannan makes space for himself on the edge of the box, but shoots wide from about 20 yards out.
Palace have a corner and Bannan will take it. It's not a great delivery and Turner nods it away. Game has slowed down and is taking shape. Both sides looking to counter and pick out the front men with long balls.
Cardiff have failed to score in their last two league games and found the back of the net only three times in the last 630 minutes. Not great reading for Mackay and so far, they haven't done much that suggests it's about to change.
Better from Cardiff, they've slowed the game down after that frenetic start and are playing around the back nicely. As I say that they give it away sloppily and Palace regain possession.
Palace have definitely started the better of the two here. Pulis has got his side fired up from the word go. How will Cardiff respond? Moxey looks for a long ball to Jerome but it's headed away by Caulker and Palace have a throw.
Assist Jason Puncheon
Goal Cameron Jerome
GOAL! Cameron Jerome has been all over Cardiff's back four and his early pressure pays off. He steers a great header past Marshall after he lost his marker following a cross from the right. Great start for the Eagles, it's rocking in here.
Palace have a free kick and float it into the back post. It's a great delivery but no one manages to get a touch. Lively opening minutes.
CHANCE! Cardiff get down the right and cross for Fraizer Campbell who hits it first time but straight at Speroni. Great chance. Cardiff have a corner but it's cleared and Palace come away.
And we're off, Cardiff get us underway. Good to see Tony Pulis and his baseball cap back on the touchline. Already encouraging his team and barking orders.
Bannan about to take a free kick from the left, its whipped in and Jedinak gets a touch but it rolls calmly wide.
Both sides are ticking down the lock before half time. Cardiff have all their men behind the ball. Mackay would be furious if his side were to concede now.
There will be a one-minute's applause to remember Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday.
The players are out on the pitch, we'll be underway very shortly.
Let's hope both these sides can find some goalscoring form today so we have an entertaining game. The Bluebirds have scored just 11 times in the Premier League this season; only opponents Crystal Palace (8) have scored less.
Pulis has spoken of his desire to make Selhurst Park a fortress and two home wins back to back would go some way to creating that.
Cardiff, meanwhile, make one change to the side which drew at Stoke in midweek with Kim Bo-kyung coming in to replace Aron Gunnarson.
Tony Pulis sticks with the same side that beat West Ham on Tuesday night to secure a second win in three matches. Cameron Jerome play against his old club and will be joined up frony by Teasday match winner Maroune Chamakh.
Cardiff Subs: Lewis, Connolly, Hudson, Noone, Gunnarsson, Cornelius, Odemwingie
Crystal Palace Subs: Price, Mariappa, O'Keefe, Williams, Kebe, Gayle, Phillips
Cardiff XI: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, John, Medel, Bo-Kyung, Whittingham, Mutch, Cowie, Campbell
Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bannan, Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerom
Right then, let's see who is starting this afternoon:
Pulis meanwhile will hope his side continue their recent form, they are 11th based on the six-game form table. They've collected seven of their 10 Premier League points in their last four matches. Pulis has already implemented his combative style on his side and helped tighten things up at the back. All their league wins this season have come at Selhurst Park and Pulis will hope the home fans can inspire his side again as they seek to win back to back wins for the first time this season.
Cardiff played out a 0-0 draw at Stoke in midweek but Mackay will hope for an improvement in their performance. They welcome back summer signing Andreas Cornelius. If he and Fraizer Campbell can start scoring goals Cardiff might do alright this season. Having started the season well, Cardiff are gradually slipping nearer the relegation zone and Mackay will feel these are the kind of games Cardiff have to win if they want to stay in this league.
Good afternoon Premier League fans. I'm Greg Taylor and I'll be bringing you live text coverage of an interesting game at the bottom of the table, as Crystal Palace face Cardiff City. Palace will be looking to continue their mini revival under Tony Pulis while Malky Mackay will hope his side can pick up some precious away points.
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