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August 31, 2013
• Selhurst Park, London
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 22671
D. Gabbidon 9'
D. Gayle 79'
S. O'Keefe 90'+
S. Fletcher 64'
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Just when it looked like the visitors were staging a comeback through substitute Steven Fletcher, the hosts stepped it up. John O'Shea cost his side with a silly challenge on Dwight Gayle in the box and after the youngster converted the penalty, Stuart O'Keefe secured the points with a wonderful goal from just outside the area. Ian Holloway was dancing on the sidelines and rightly so, as Palace are up and running now.
Selhurst Park erupts as Crystal Palace claim their first three points of the Premier League season with a 3-1 win over 10-man Sunderland.
90' + 3'
The referee blows for full time!
90' + 2'
Goal Stuart O'Keefe
WHAT A GOAL! Palace 3-1 Sunderland. O'Keefe picks up the ball after Puncheon loses possession and lashes an effort high into the top corner from 25 yards. What a way for the substitute to net his first goal for the club.
Williams takes the corner but it's punted out for a throw in Palace's half.
SHOT! Westwood tips over a powerful drive from Dikgacoi. It was probably going over but the 'keeper makes sure of it.
Sunderland also want a penalty as Fletcher takes a tumble under the attentions of Gabbidon and Speron. The referee is not interested though.
SHOT! Williams controls a cross and volleys at goal in one movement but the ball is beaten away by the keeper. A moment later another shot from the Welshman is stopped by Westwood.
Gayle leaves the pitch to a huge applause, as Aaron Wilbraham comes on in his place for Holloway's final substitution.
Chamakh looks to have picked up an injury and goes off for Stuart O'Keefe.
Sunderland try to hit back through Johnson, but the winger's shot is too weak to trouble the goalkeeper.
Ten minutes left at Selhurst Park and after just one moment the whole game has changed. It was a clumsy foul from O'Shea and the defender deserved to be sent off. Very confident penalty from Dwight Gayle too.
Penalty Goal Dwight Gayle
GOAL! Palace 2-1 Sunderland. Gayle steps up to convert the spot-kick with a feirce low drive. Westwood went the right way but it was far too powerful. The youngster's first ever Premier League goal.
Red Card John O'Shea
RED CARD! O'Shea was the last man and is shown a straight red card. No complaints from the Sunderland captain.
PENALTY TO PALACE! John O'Shea brings down Gayle inside the box. The referee took some time but eventually points to the spot.
CHANCE! A long ball is aimed towards Fletcher, but Gabbidon comes in at the last second to knock the ball just past the post.
Brilliant work from Moxey to clear the danger after a Sunderland corner.
CHANCE! Chamakh beats the offside trap and pulls the ball back for Williams, but his effort goes terribly wrong when he had plenty of time to compose himself. Well wide from the young Welshman.
The hosts are pushing forward with intent now. This game really could go either way during the final 20 minutes.
Johnson breaks forward for Sunderland and earns his side a corner. He should have done better there.
Moxey sends a volley from 25 yards high into the stands. Palace have been poor so far in the second half.
That was a brilliant header from Fletcher, which may actually be Sunderland's first effort on target. Game on.
Assist Jack Colback
Goal Steven Fletcher
GOAL! Palace 1-1 Sunderland. Fletcher scores on his return! Great cross from Colback and the striker times his run to perfection to head the ball back across goal and beyond Speroni.
There's a break in play as Jack Colback needs treatment for a problem. It looks like he's suffering from cramp.
Charis Mavrias comes on to make his Premier League debut for Sunderland.
Puncheon slices a left footed effort wide of goal, having advanced unchallenged on goal.
The resulting corner is headed away at the near post, despite Jedinak asking for a penalty for pushing inside the box.
CHANCE! A great run from Gayle ends with the youngster's shot deflecting wide after a last ditch tackle by Diakite.
Jedinak breaks forward and earns the chance for a long range strike, but it goes over, and there were other players he could have passed to.
Palace have been on the back foot during the first ten minutes of this second half. Sunderland might have it in them to pull level.
Holloway makes his first change of the match, replacing Campana with Johnny Williams.
Westwood just about controls a pass back under pressure and clears the ball upfield. Risky from the goalkeeper.
Diakite's deep cross finds Fletcher, but the striker is ruled offside.
Sunderland look more threatening after that break, which probably has something to do with Di Canio's team talk.
Steven Fletcher has replaced Ji Dong-Won to make his first appearance after five months out injured.
Early free kick from Sunderland and Speroni flaps it behind. Corner to the visitors.
Sunderland get the action back underway.
The players are back out for the second half. One change from Di Canio.
Sunderland have offered very little going forward and failed to even register a shot on target during that first 45 minutes. Di Canio will want much more from his side in the second half.
Crystal Palace lead at the break after Danny Gabbidon's first ever Premier League goal. It was scrappy and he looked very surprised but the hosts are probably worthy of their lead.
45' + 1'
The referee blows for half time.
Giaccherini collects a knockdown, but blasts it at Gabbidon's elbow. It would have been harsh to give a penalty there.
SHOT! Palace counter-attack through Jedinak, who goes for goal with a decent drive from 25 yards but it curls just wide of the top corner.
Johnson goes for goal with a free kick but hits a Palace man, before another set piece comes in and it is eventually cleared. Holloway's side are defending well.
Wickham heads a deep free kick from Campana out for a corner, which Puncheon curls to the far post and Westwood claims after a scramble.
Palace fail to test Westwood again as Gayle goes for goal with a weak drive from 25 yards. Great one-touch passing from the hosts though.
SHOT! Puncheon drives at the Sunderland defence but his low effort from the edge of the box goes narrowly wide.
Palace are finding some success with the long ball and hitting Sunderland on the break here.
Gayle combines with Chamakh on the right to set up Dikgacoi, but the midfielder fires the ball high over the crossbar. What a waste.
SHOT! Giaccherini tries his luck with a curling effort from inside the box but Gabbidon heads it over for a corner. The resulting set piece is claimed by Speroni with ease.
Sunderland are pushing forward and probing the Palace defence but are struggling to make a breakthrough.
Yellow Card Damien Delaney
Referee Lee Probert brings play back to book Delaney for a late challenge on Ji, and rightly so.
SHOT! Puncheon creates some space for himself and goes for goal from outside the area but drags his effort wide of Westwood's post.
Di Canio is not impressed with what he's seen so far from his players. Sunderland have struggled to create chances in recent games and once again they look weak in the final third.
Larsson's set piece is deep but Diakite struggles to direct his header at the far post and it goes out , a poor showing from the defender.
CHANCE! Brilliant cross from the right by Celutska but Ji fails to get on the end of it inside the six-yard box and the ball is cleared away for a corner.
Wickham collects a long ball from the back and Chamakh tracks back to tackle. Both sets of players have thrown themselves into this game.
Sunderland have a corner but it comes to nothing, before Adam Johnson tries another cross from the right and is stopped in his tracks. Palace immediately try to hit the visitors on the counter-attack.
Wickham slides into the ankle of Jedinak. The challenge is late and nasty, but the referee refuses to get a card out of his pocket.
Sunderland have responded well but Celustka wants a free kick just outside the box and the referee is not impressed.
Well that is one of the scrappiest goals you are likely to see but Selhurst Park erupted regardless. Replays show Westwood was blocked off as he tried to get the corner clear.
Goal Danny Gabbidon
GOAL! Palace 1-0 Sunderland! The hosts have taken an early lead after a Campana corner caused a classic goal-mouth scramble and someone managed to stab home. It seems to have been given to Gabbidon.
Joel Ward picks up the ball on the right and floats a cross into the Sunderland box but it's headed away by Celustka.
Not too much action in terms of attacking from either team so far. It's Palace who are enjoying more of the possession though.
The hosts get behind the Sunderland back-line from a throw-in and Diakite challenges Chamakh on the byline but wins a goal kick for his side.
Palace are moving the ball around nicely from left to right during the opening exchanges. Plenty of noise inside the stadium!
The hosts get the action underway!
The teams are out on the pitch ahead of kick off.
Keiren Westwood, Modibo Diakite, Sebastian Larsson, Emanuele Giaccherini and Connor Wickham all return for Paolo Di Canio, who completed his 12th signing earlier today. Ki Sung-Yueng has joined from Swansea City on a season-long loan but is not eligible for today's game.
Palace boss Ian Holloway has made a total of 11 changes to his side following Tuesday's surprise defeat at Bristol City in the Capital One Cup. Julian Speroni, Mile Jedinak, Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh all return to the starting XI.
SUNDERLAND SUBS: Mannone, Cuellar, Cabral, Karlsson, Roberge, Mavrias, Fletcher.
SUNDERLAND XI: Westwood; Celustka, Diakite, O'Shea, Colback; Johnson, Larsson, Giaccherini; Vaughan, Wickham, Ji.
CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Alexander, Ramage, O'Keefe, Williams, Dobbie, Wilbraham, Phillips.
CRYSTAL PALACE XI: Speroni; Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey; Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Campana, Puncheon; Gayle, Chamakh.
The team news is in so let's take a look at those starting line-ups...
These two sides have never faced each other in the Premier League before, with their last top-flight meeting coming in March 1991, which Sunderland won 2-1. So this could actually be an entertaining 90 minutes!
Palace's return to the top flight has been far from enjoyable so far, having lost both of their opening matches, with defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City respectively. Meanwhile, it has only been slightly better for Sunderland, as they were narrowly beaten by Fulham before conceding a late equaliser at Southampton last weekend.
Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text commentary for Crystal Palace versus Sunderland at Selhurst Park. This should make for an interesting game as neither side have claimed three points in the new Premier League season yet.
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