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Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers Live Commentary, 06/11/2021

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2 - 0
CRY
WOL
W. Zaha (61)
C. Gallagher (78)
Selhurst Park

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Now however, both teams hit pause for the final time in 2021 - because the international break is beckoning! Until the next time though, thank you for joining us - and have a great week!
But Patrick Vieira's party looks here to stay, doesn't it? Several of his players look to be approaching the best form of their Palace careers and they are continuing to flourish. A top half finish? Don't bet against it.
Bruno Lage cannot have any complaint about the result, can he? But he will surely have words about his side's efforts. They were outgunned and outmatched on the day, despite formidable talents of their own. They face a spot of soul-searching tonight.
Finishes from Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher - with a little help from VAR and a big deflection along the way - means that it is Crystal Palace who make it back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since the start of the year, as they down Wolves at Selhurst Park. Delight for the hosts; frustration for the visitors. It finishes Crystal Palace 2-0 Wolves.
90' + 8' FULL-TIME: CRYSTAL PALACE 2-0 WOLVES
Substitution
90' + 6' Nathaniel Clyne replaces Joachim Andersen as a concussion change for Crystal Palace.
90' + 5' We will go over the indicated period of added time with this stoppage, with Andersen now poised to leave the field, thankfully under his own steam.
90' + 3' Late concern here for Palace who have Andersen down on the pitch. The Eagles man is getting attention for a head issue.
90' + 1' We're in for five added minutes at Selhurst Park.
Fábio Silva
Hwang Hee-Chan
Wolverhampton Wanderers
89' Fabio Silva replaces Hwang Hee-Chan in Wolves' third change.
J. Ayew
C. Benteke
Crystal Palace
89' Jordan Ayew replaces Christian Benteke in Crystal Palace's third change.
87' A spot of movement on the sidelines suggests we're going to get some late changes here. There's not much time for a Wolves response now - the points look to be all going to Palace.
86' Zaha will be happy to not see that miscue of a finish again. That could have been three but the forward botches his final touch.
84' Crystal Palace have lost just two of their first 10 Premier League matches this season (W2 D6), their fewest at this stage of a league season since 1996-97 in the second tier (one) and fewest in the top-flight since 1990-91 when they’d lost none and went on to finish third.
82' Save! What a save by Guaita! The free-kick is rattled low and through a crowded box, with a couple of small deflections, but the goalkeeper reads its trajectory perfectly. That saves a response on the scoreboard for sure.
M. Olise
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
81' Barely on the pitch, Olise picks up a yellow as he barges Podence to cut the latter's run down. There's going to be a dangerous free-kick for Wolves here.
M. Olise
O. Édouard
Crystal Palace
80' Michael Olise replaces Odsonne Edouard in Crystal Palace's second change.
J. Schlupp
J. McArthur
Crystal Palace
80' Jeffrey Schlupp replaces James McArthur in Crystal Palace's first change.
C. Gallagher
Goal
Crystal Palace
78' GOAL! CONNOR GALLAGHER SURELY WINS IT FOR CRYSTAL PALACE! 2-0! Oh, this is an unfortunate one for Jose Sa. The Palace man dinks his way to the edge of the box and fires for the left side - but a wicked deflection off a defender sends it the other way and in at the right post!
75' Before today, Crystal Palace have scored the highest proportion of their Premier League goals in the second half of games this season (85% - 11/13). Both of their goals in the opening 45 minutes have been netted by Wilfried Zaha (vs Brighton and Manchester City).
73' Almost two for the Eagles! Edouard gets a fine shot off, hooked tightly in from the left edge, and Sa does well to parry it at close range.
71' By the skin of his teeth! Ward is a very lucky boy - his challenge falls just outside the penalty area and Wolves will have a free-kick instead, one ably defended in the end.
69' Oh, this could be trouble for Palace. Ward looks guilty after a challenge on the very edge of his box - and VAR consults for a penalty.
Adama Traoré
Nélson Semedo
Wolverhampton Wanderers
68' Adama Traore replaces Nelson Semedo in Wolves' second change.
Daniel Podence
Trincão
Wolverhampton Wanderers
68' Daniel Podence replaces Trincao in Wolves' first change.
67' The visitors turn the tables with a high press and leave Palace cautiously trundling around their own area as they look to ease the sudden burst of pressure.
65' Vieira will be pleased with that too, but the task at hand is not over yet for the hosts. A second goal would considerably ease their nerves - and now Wolves will know that they have to chase this game for a result.
63' Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is unbeaten in his first five home league matches as Eagles boss (W1 D4), the first manager to remain so in the top-flight with the club. The last Palace manager to lose none of his first six league games on home soil was Ian Holloway in 2012-13 in the Championship (lost none of first 12).
J. McArthur
Assist
Crystal Palace
61' McArthur spotted Zaha superbly there, which begs the question just how wrong the linesman got it. There was about two feet in that call. The pass is a lovely flat effort and the hosts have their reward.
W. Zaha
Goal
Crystal Palace
61' GOAL! WILFRIED ZAHA DOES GET THE OPENER FOR CRYSTAL PALACE! 1-0! There's nothing wrong with that one at all, nothing at all indeed! The linesman's call is wrong - the forward was onside! His finish, from a pick-up off McArthur's ball, is sublime stuff, as is the little tuck beyond Sa. The Eagles have their lead.
61' GOAL... wait, no! The flag is up! Oh, Zaha thought he had opened this game up there, slipped through on the left edge with a neat throughball, before a tasty tuck past Sa to net at the right post. But wait a moment...
58' Play hits a speedbump that forces a halt now, with Coady taking a knock to the head, but the England man is fine to continue for Wolves in the end.
56' Another corner for Palace, and Benteke bangs this header straight at Sa again too. The hosts are ramping up the pressure.
54' Benteke steers a low shot through a crowded box and Sa has no issue making a clean collection. Wolves are bending back into a defensive shape now.
52' After having a 10-game unbeaten run in London following their return to the Premier League in 2018 (W5 D5), during which they scored in every game, Wolves have lost four of their last seven league visits to the capital (W2 D1), failing to score on five occasions in that run.
50' Palace look to reassert a midfield hold and do so, keeping themselves on their toes. This could be set for a crackerjack run to the end, even if there is not a goal to be seen.
48' Whatever Bruno Lage said at the break, it seems to have done the trick. This is a much more lively start from Wolves, who exert close pressure with an early corner now.
46' The teams are back out at Selhurst Park - and we are underway in the second half of this Premier League clash. There's a winner to be had somewhere in here.
Crystal Palace are looking to register consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since January/February, with one of those victories coming at Selhurst Park against Wolves.
There's no goals at Selhurst Park - but this Premier League clash has plenty of mileage left in it before the end. At half-time, it is Crystal Palace 0-0 Wolves.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: CRYSTAL PALACE 0-0 WOLVES
45' + 2' Ait Nouri has a tumble in the box, looking for a penalty, but gets only a corner, which Palace blast back downfield.
45' There will be two added minutes in the first half here.
44' It's tough to say who will be happier with this first half. Palace have held most of the control but have not made a breakthrough - and Wolves have, to a point, built themselves a solid foundation too. Plenty to play for in this one.
42' The corner from the hosts comes in - and Wolves batter it back to halfway. No joy this time for the Eagles.
41' Palace pick up a corner, as the half-time break gradually edges into view. There could be something here...
39' Jimenez! That's as close as anyone has come, but from the free-kick brought about a moment prior, the forward can only steer his touch in the box directly into Guaita's palms.
M. Guéhi
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
37' Guehi comes clattering in with a heavy slide challenge on Semedo and is promptly booked. No complaints there.
35' Palace snap up an attacking free-kick and lash it with intent into the box. Edouard is on the receiving end - and his header is a deft one, steered over the crossbar in the end.
33' With over a third of this game gone, it is Crystal Palace who feel the most silkily effective of the two sides on show - but as long as this remains goalless, it is anybody's guess as to who will come up trumps with the goods.
31' Almost an opportunity on the break for Wolves - but Ward executes a fine slide tackle to ride to the rescue and puncture the counter-move crafted by the visitors.
29' Wolves have looked a little bit toothless up front, but their lack of easy passage might have something to do with that. Trincao is making a concentrated effort to try and make things happen, but it's tough so far for the visitors.
27' The weather has turned sharply over the last few weeks across the United Kingdom but the groundspeople at Selhurst Park look to have done a fine job. The turf is particularly lush, helping the pace of this match.
25' Raul Jimenez’s four goals and assists have been worth seven points to Wolves in the Premier League this season – only Michail Antonio (9) and Son Heung-min (8) have been more valuable to their sides through goals and assists.
23' Zaha wins back-to-back free-kicks for Palace, though neither comes to anything too dangerous. He's looking as much of a lively presence as he often does around these parts.
21' The crowd at Selhurst Park are enjoying the burble of this one so far. No offence to Roy Hodgson, who solidified their place as a Premier League fixture - but Patrick Vieira seems to have brought a little more life to their drive.
19' Palace's press is continuing to give Wolves plenty of problems at the back, though the visitors do piece together half-a-move to get into the opponents' box too. This game is still in search of a breakthrough, however.
17' Sa seems to be cleared to continue by officials, which is something of a surprise given the way he stayed down on the turf. Either way, the game resumes, with Palace clearly holding an upper hand in poise.
15' Chance for Palace - but it is going to end in a different kind of trouble for Wolves. Sa parries Edouard's shot and then gets a boot to the head from Gallagher as he scrambles to stop a follow-up. Medics are onto the pitch.
13' Conor Gallagher has the most direct goal involvements (5 – 3 goals, 2 assists), shots (21) and chances created (13) of any Crystal Palace player in the Premier League this season.
11' Now Wolves think they should have a free-kick for a barge on Hwang courtesy of Kouyate, but the officials are not biting, to their frustration. This could be a long afternoon for them.
João Moutinho
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
9' Edouard makes a darting run through the middle and Moutinho is deemed to have had a nibble at his heels. He'll pick up the first yellow card of the game, though Wolves are fuming at the call.
7' The first corner of the game goes to the hosts - and Benteke nudges it over, having met the delivery swung in from the right edge.
5' Wolves, in their all-white change strip, look a little overawed at the width of Palace's press early on. The Eagles are finding purchase down the wider flanks.
3' This could prove to be an unexpected festival of goals - or it could be a drab early November affair. There's a slight fog - perhaps from the bonfire celebration the night before - that hangs at the edge of Selhurst Park today.
1' We are underway in this Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Wolves!
The teams have emerged at Selhurst Park, where there will be ceremonies before kick-off for Remembrance Day. Today's referee is Graham Scott.
Since their return to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves have won four of their seven meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions (D1 L2), keeping a clean sheet in each victory.
Crystal Palace won this exact fixture 1-0 in January last season but haven’t won back-to-back home league games against Wolves since November 1969.
Subs: Leander Dendoncker, Adama Traore, Luke Cundle, John Ruddy, Ki-Jana Hoever, Daniel Podence, Willy Boly, Fabio Silva, Louie Moulden.
WOLVES (3-4-3): Jose Sa; Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Rayan Ait Nouri; Trincao, Raul Jimenez, Hwang Hee-Chan.
Subs: Jack Butland, Michael Olise, James Tomkins, Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jairo Riedewald, Jordan Ayew, Luka Milivojevic, Nathaniel Clyne.
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Vicente Guaita: Joel Ward, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell; Conor Gallagher, Cheikhou Kouyate, James McArthur; Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Odsonne Edouard.
The changes have been kept to a minimum today - indeed, between both teams, there is only one swap. Christian Benteke is in for Crystal Palace, while Jordan Ayew drops to the bench; Wolves are unchanged.
But they aren't the only side enjoying something of a resurgence under new management. Patrick Vieira has taken his Eagles side five league games unbeaten on the bounce now - including that sensational win over champions Manchester City last time out. Can they parlay more points from this one?
Following a slow start to life at Molineux, Bruno Lage and his team look to have hit the straps at the right moment, just four points off the top four and with a twinkle in their eye. Raul Jimenez looks on the cusp of a full return to form - and that could be a serious threat for the Midlands outfit to have.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Premier League season, as Wolves look to keep up their pursuit of the European race as they travel to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.