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January 1, 2014
• Selhurst Park, London
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 25189
J. Puncheon 44'
B. Johnson 39'
So a decent point for Norwich, who must have feared the worst when Fer got sent off. A point does neither team much good, however, with both clubs still languishing in the lower reaches of the league table. That's it for our coverage but do check back into the website a bit later for live commentary of Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur. Bye for now.
90' + 5'
Williams plays a right-wing cross into the box, which Bassong heads away. That was the last bit of action and Mike Dean blows the whistle for full time.
90' + 4'
OOH! Gayle shows good trickery to beat Bassong but Bennett steps in to make a hasty clearance. Seconds left on the clock...
90' + 2'
Redmond's set piece falls straight into the hands of Speroni. We're into four minutes of stoppage time.
Norwich haven't given up hope of winning this match despite being a man down. The Canaries press the ball and force Ward to concede a corner.
Palace come forward through Williams but Whittaker does well to win the ball back for the visitors. Two minutes of normal time remaining.
Norwich still seeing much of the ball despite going down to 10 men. Olsson's pass out to midfield is poor, though, and it runs out of play for the Palace throw-in.
Norwich make their final change of the match as they take off Hooper to bring on Russell Martin.
Yellow/Red Leroy Fer
FER IS SENT OFF! The Dutchman is shown a second yellow card by Mike Dean for a blatant two-footed tackle. Norwich will play the final few minutes with 10 men.
Slick link-up play between Hooper, Snodgrass and Elmander ends with Snodgrass playing a poor pass straight to Speroni. Decent spell this for Norwich.
Snodgrass' corner comes to nothing and Palace make their final substitution, bringing on Jonathan Williams for Bolasie.
Norwich have a free kick from 35 yards out. Snodgrass' set piece delivery is played behind for a corner by a Palace defender. Better from the visitors.
Ward has a chance to cross from the left but his inswinger is blocked by a Norwich defender. Cue cries for handball but Mike Dean waves play on.
Norwich lose the ball near the centre circle and Palace break through Chamakh, who plays the ball out wide to Puncheon. The winger's cross from the right just fails to reach Gayle as Bennett intercepts.
Elmander looks a bit groggy after a clashing with Jedinak. He needs a spot of treatment but is fine to continue.
Bolasie plays a teasing cross from the right but Ruddy is alert to the danger and intercepts the pass. We're into the final 20 minutes.
Gary Hooper finally gets a chance to shoot after a neat swivel but Speroni gets down to save well. Norwich bring on Johan Elmander for Hoolahan.
Steven Whittaker nearly plays his side into trouble as he gifts the ball to Gayle, but the young striker cannot make the most of the opportunity.
Palace still firmly camped in the Norwich area as they win another corner. Puncheon's delivery is way over hit this time and runs out for a goal kick.
Gayle is straight into the action as he pressures Norwich to win a corner from nothing. Puncheon's delivery is cleared comfortably by the Canaries.
Palace make a change, bringing on Dwight Gayle for Jerome. A disappointing afternoon for Jerome, who has had the best chances to score from open play in this game.
This is an excellent spell for Palace and they are all over the visitors at the moment. Puncheon lets fly from distance but his effort is narrowly wide.
Norwich struggle to deal with an another corner but manage to get in an unconvincing clearance. The blustery conditions are proving a challenge for defenders out there.
Turner is limping with what appears to be a hamstring injury and he cannot continue. Ryan Bennett is on in his place.
WHAT A CHANCE! Parr does well to win a corner for Palace. Ruddy flaps unconvincingly at the set-piece and the ball falls to Jedinak, who lays it off to Jerome. The big striker lashes his effort well over the crossbar, however, and Norwich escape.
CHANCE! Redmond's effort from an angle is saved by Speroni after the winger had been played in by Johnson.
Ruddy makes a mess of a cross from Bolasie and concedes a corner. Jedinak's delivery from the subsequent set piece is cleared easily by the visitors.
Off we go again in the second half. Palace make one change, replacing Dikgacoi with Jonathan Parr.
Well. That game came to life in the last 10 minutes after a relatively dour half hour of football. Palace will be happy they equalised so quickly and will hope to kick on and win the game from here. Do stick around for the second period.
45' + 2'
Mike Dean brings the half to a close with two minutes of stoppage time played. Intriguing stuff.
Yellow Card Mile Jedinak
Penalty Goal Jason Puncheon
PALACE EQUALISE! Fer is yellow carded for a sly push on Jedinak inside the box and Palace have a penalty. Puncheon makes no mistake from the spot as he dispatches the ball into the net calmly.
Yellow Card Leroy Fer
OFF THE LINE! Jerome is so unlucky as his header from the far-post is cleared off the line by Olsson. Big chance for the home side.
Yellow Card Marouane Chamakh
Yellow Card Wesley Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan brings down Chamakh on the left wing and the Moroccan striker appears to retaliate by throwing a punch towards the Ireland midfielder. Mike Dean resists call for a red card and brandishes yellow cards to both players.
Assist Gary Hooper
Goal Bradley Johnson
JOHNSON SCORES! Norwich make their pressure count as Johnson fires a sumptuous strike from outside the box into the top-right corner of the net. Super goal.
Snodgrass wins a corner for Norwich but his delivery from the subsequent set-piece is cleared by the home side. Decent spell for the visitors this.
This is more like it from the visitors. Fer has a chance to shoot from a fair way out but Julian Speroni is equal to the challenge and makes an easy save.
Palace have been marginally the better side so far as we go past the 30-minute mark. The home side haven't forced many clear openings, though.
OOH! Some good closing down from Palace forces Martin Olsson to concede possession to Puncheon, but Jerome cannot get enough contact on the winger's cross and Ruddy saves easily. Still 0-0.
This game could do with a goal. Leroy Fer's release pass to Redmond is over-hit and the ball runs out of play.
Puncheon does well to work his way into a promising position before pulling the trigger, but his effort is blocked.
Palace have managed just seven league goals at home this season, the joint-lowest tally in the top flight.
Palace have a free-kick near the centre-circle, which Dikgacoi takes. Chamakh nods on the delivery into the path of Jerome, who cannot keep his effort down on the volley and blazes over.
A lull in play with both teams guilty of misplacing passes. Dikgacoi the latest the give the ball away with Chamakh in a great position.
Norwich slowly creeping their way into this contest after a testing opening 15 minutes. Mariappa does well to clear the ball under pressure from Redmond.
A slick passing move from Norwich is brought to an abrupt end as Dikgacoi brings down Redmond. The South African midfielder is the first into the book for his offence.
Yellow Card Kagisho Dikgacoi
Mariappa goes on another marauding run through the right but his cross sails straight into the arms of John Ruddy. Good start this by the home side.
Turner brings down Bolasie 30 yards out from goal to concede a free kick. Mile Jedinak takes the set-piece but his looping effort flies well over the crossbar.
Palace are finding plenty of joy through the wide areas and the visitors are being outnumbered rather easily at the moment.
CHANCE! Decent link-up play between Yannick Bolasie and Joel Ward allows the latter to find Jason Puncheon in space inside the Norwich box, but the winger slashes his volley well wide of the target. A bit of a let-off that for the visitors.
Norwich win the first corner of the match. Snodgrass's set-piece is delivery is cleared easily and Palace launch a quick counter through Jerome. The visitors have enough men at the back, however, and the move flounders.
A bit of delay as Norwich's Nathan Redmond kicks the ball out of touch to allow Marouane Chamakh to get a spot of treatment for a knock to the ribs.
Crystal Palace are right on the front foot from kick-off as good link-up play between Cameron Jerome and Adrian Mariappa allows the latter to whip in a decent far-post cross towards Yannick Bolasie, but Michael Turner steps in at the crucial moment to head the ball away and clear the danger.
Mike Dean is the referee for today and he gets us underway at a windy and rain-drenched Selhurst Park.
Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Olsson; Fer, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Redmond; Hooper. Subs: Bunn, Martin, Elmander, Bennett, Murphy, Becchio, Van Wolfswinkel.
Crystal Palace: Speroni; Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Ward; Puncheon, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bolasie; Jerome, Chamakh. Subs: Price, Moxey, Phillips, Parr, Gayle, Jonathan Williams, Bannan.
TEAM NEWS: Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi starts after recovering from a muscle injury while defender Michael Turner returns from a one-match ban for Norwich. Full line-ups to follow shortly.
Despite a hefty outlay in the summer transfer window, visitors Norwich have struggled for consistency this season and sit just three points above the relegation zone. The Canaries will hope to start the new year by ending a four-match winless run and putting some distance between them and the relegation dogfight.
Palace come into this New Year's Day clash on the back of a stirring performance at Manchester City that nearly yielded a favourable result, but for Edin Dzeko's second-half winner. The Eagles sit just three points behind their visitors and will leapfrog them with victory, making this a hugely significant fixture for both clubs at the start of 2014.
Happy New Year to all and a warm welcome to live text coverage of the Premier League encounter between Crystal Palace and Norwich City from Selhurst Park, south London.
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