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15:49 7th January 2012

Derby County 1 Crystal Palace 0

This third round tie saw the first ever meeting of these two sides in The FA Cup and it was a game in which Dougie Freedman made seven changes to his line up. This included a debut for Kyle De Silva, another product of the club's academy. New loanees Mustapha Dumbya and John Egan (pictured right) also took their place in the back four. Mustapha Dumbuya Nigel Clough's side were unchanged from their last outing and got the best possible start with a lead on just nine minutes. Jamie Ward crossed the ball over from the left hand side and it fell to Theo Robinson, whose first effort was parried by Lewis Price and the same player slid the ball into the net to give the home side the advantage. Just minutes later Price had to be alert to keep out a shot from distance, he couldn't hold onto the effort but as the ball came back out the danger was cleared.  On 14 minutes the home side created another chance as Craig Bryson played the ball into the path of Callum Ball and he found Ward but his shot went just wide of the Palace goal. Six minutes later and Palace had their first opening of the game when Antonio Pedroza turned his man and got into space before shooting across goal and wide of the target. The Palace forward was involved again just before the half hour mark when he did well to win the ball and played in Stuart O'Keefe. The midfielder shot from distance but it was a comfortable save for Frank Fielding in the Rams goal. Stuart O Keefe A good move by Palace ended with Matt Parsons playing a good ball into the box from the left hand side but no one could get a proper touch as it went across the face of goal. In the final minute of the half John Brayford saw his left footed effort saved low down by Price and a minute of added time saw the half draw to a conclusion.   A couple of opportunities came Derby's way at the start of the second period, Price saved a shot from the edge of the area by Ball and then Robinson nearly set up Bryson but nothing came of the opening for the home side. Chances at the other end as well with both Pedroza and Garvan having opportunities to shoot at goal but each was wide of the target.  That was to be Pedroza's last action as he was replaced by Steffen Iversen and Kieron Cadogan came on at the expense of De Silva. A further change was made with 15 minutes remaining as youngster Ibra Sekajja came on for David Wright as good second half possession needed to be turned into a goal if they were to stay in the cup. The home side continued to try and extend their advantage and a Ward corner found Paul Green and his header had to be tipped over the bar by Price. With five minutes remaining a Garvan free kick was met by Cadogan but as he tried to get an effort in on goal the ball was cleared out for a corner. Despite giving a good account of themselves in a second half, in which Palace enjoyed long periods of possession, the tie was settled by that early goal and the club's unbeaten run in cup competitions this season came to an end at Pride Park.    Teams: Derby Fielding, Brayford, Barker, Shackell, Roberts, Green, Bryson, Bailey, Ward, Robinson, Ball (Buxton 89). Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Tyson, Maguire, Doyle, Ben Davies, Naylor. Crystal Palace Price, Dumbuya, Ramage, Egan, Parsons, O'Keefe, Wright (Sekajja 76), Garvan, Pedroza (Iversen 64), Andrew, De Silva (Cadogan 65). Subs Not Used: Fitzsimons, Parr, Wynter, Daniel. Att: 10, 113   Referee : Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). 
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