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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
15:52 26th November 2011

Crystal Palace 0 Millwall 0

Glenn Murray's penalty miss meant Palace were held 0-0 by Millwall at Selhurst Park despite dominating the second half in a hard-fought derby clash.

Dougie Freedman made three changes to the side that lost at Leicester last time out as Chris Martin was handed his home debut alongside Owen Garvan and Sean Scannell in an exciting Eagles side.

Palace's attacking line-up threatened first as Dean Moxey got to the by-line easily and fired a cross along the six yard box which Glenn Murray was inches away from touching in. Then Sean Scannell beat two men out-wide and drew a foul right on the edge of the box, as the crowd called for a penalty but the free-kick came to nothing.

Millwall had a couple of half-chances of their own inside the first 30 minutes, Julian Speroni saving twice from Jay Simpson before Liam Feeney's pace started to cause problems down the Palace left - but his crosses from dangerous positions came to nothing.

Then came Palace's best spell of the half, Garvan and Mile Jedinak linked up to find Murray who chested down well but mis-hit his shot slightly at Steve Mildenhall in the Millwall goal. Wilfried Zaha began to come more into the game and he beat Nathan Baker out wide and whipped in a dangerous cross that was well dealt with and put behind for a corner.

Owen Garvan's set-piece was initially cleared but his second ball in found Martin at the far post. The on-loan striker headed back across goal to Murray whose spectacular overhead-kick forced Mildenhall into a sprawling save.

Both side had half-chances at the end of the first period but went into the break locked at 0-0.

The second half began in similar vein and it was the Lions who almost struck first, Simpson rising highest to meet Liam Trotter's cross only to flick his effort just over the bar. At the other end Moxey floated in another good ball but Millwall dealt with it well before Scannell found Zaha steaming through on the left but the young winger could only shoot straight at Mildenhall.

Darren Ambrose

Zaha was becoming a big threat though and as the pressure built he looked to have a good penalty shout turned down. Moments later Palace did have a penalty, as McCarthy was tugged back by Paul Robinson as he tried to meet a corner. Murray stepped up but couldn't get the goal his all-round game deserved as he sidefooted his penalty wide.

Glenn Murray

The last fifteen minutes came and went without incident and the Eagles were left to regret their wastefulness in front of goal as they were forced to settle for a point against their local rivals.

Teams:

Palace: Speroni, Clyne, McCarthy, Gardner, Garvan, Scannell, Jedinak, Zaha, Murray (Easter '81), Moxey, Martin (Ambrose '73)

Subs Not Used: Price, Wright, Parr,

Bookings: Garvan, Jedinak

Millwall: Mildenhall, Robinson, Smith, Baker, Lowry, Trotter, Feeney, Barron (Howard '83), Abdou, Marquis (Henry '61), Simpson

Subs Not Used: Allsopp, Ward, McQuoid

Bookings: Baker, Trotter, Robinson

Attendance: 15,150 (Away: 2,601)

    Data provided by Press Association