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Development Report: CPFC 1-0 Fulham

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20:59 22nd October 2012


Palace's under 21 side stretched their own unbeaten run to three games as they claimed another Premier League scalp by beating a strong Fulham side 1-0 at Selhurst Park.

Danny Gabbidon was named amongst the starting XI as he made his first public appearance in a Palace shirt whilst Kwesi Appiah also featured from the start after returning to the club following a month's loan at Aldershot Town. 

The game began brightly and just a minute had passed when Matthew Briggs forced Ross Fitzsimons into a low diving save. Moments later Jason Banton had Palace's first attempt, but his curling effort went narrowly off target.

The home side were inches away from taking the lead after 15 minutes when Ibra Sekajja latched onto a loose ball to break through the Fulham defence but smashed the crossbar with a rasping shot 

The Cottagers should have taken the lead when James Musa had a free header from a corner on 23 minutes but put the chance wide, and they were punished by Palace a minute later when Banton was played in by Sekajja, and crossed the ball across the box for Appiah to cooly slot past David Stockdale.

Jamie Fullarton's side should have doubled their lead on 35 minutes when Bayan Fenwick embarked on a mazy run and was felled in the box. Sekajja stepped up to take the spot-kick but Stockdale produced a fantastic one-handed save to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Following the interval Kerim Frei forced Fitzsimons into a low save and Banton tested Stockdale with a similar attempt as both sides continued to push forward in misty conditions in SE25. 

However it was the away side that began to control the game and Frei went on a 50 yard run towards the Palace goal but dragged his shot wide and Pajtim Kasami shot straight at Fitzsimons as Fulham cranked up the pressure on the Eagles.

The impressive Banton then had two great chances to extend the lead, firstly forcing Stockdale into a decent stop, and two minutes later nearly replicated his fine individual goal against Chelsea last time out, but saw his shot blocked once again by the Fulham keeper.

Gabbidon came off with 15 minutes to go as he got some valuable playing time under his belt, but the game petered out as both sides failed to trouble either goalkeeper as Fullarton's men saw out the remaining minutes and picked up a vital three points.

Palace: Fitzsimons, Akaruka, Wynter, Taylor, Gabbidon (Chambers), Daniel, Fenwick (Kai-Kai), Boateng, Sekajja, Appiah, Banton. Subs not used: Gregory, Holland, Tieku.

Fulham: Stockdale, Brister, Briggs, Tavares, Musa, Grimmer, Frei, Kasami (Williams), Trotta (Islamovic), Smith (Christensen), Banya. Subs not used: Joronen, Kavanagh,.