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Development Report: Palace v Liverpool

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16:27 27th August 2012

A young Palace side went down 3-1 to Liverpool at Selhurst Park in front of more than 1,500 supporters on Bank Holiday Monday.

First-teamers Matt Parsons and Andy Dorman were among the names on Jamie Fullarton's team-sheet and the left-back in particular stood out as a young side took the game to the visitors early on.

Neat touches from Hiram Boateng and Reise Allassani marked the early stages with Allassani winning a free-kick on the edge of the box that Jason Banton fired over, before Krisztian Adorjan showed notice of his attacking ability without forcing Ross Fitzsimons into a notable save.

Ibra Sekajja was the next to go close, reacting quickest as Danny Ward spilled Banton's fierce drive but the young striker failed to get any significant purchase on his effort enabling Liverpool to clear. Palace had been impressive but Adorjan soon showed why Brendan Rodgers had taken him on the first-team's tour of the US with a real moment of quality. The young Hungarian won a free-kick 20 yards out with a clever nutmeg and stepped up to curl home a fantastic opening goal in off the post.

Sekajja almost had the equaliser less than five minutes later, winning the ball after a slip from Stephen Same but slipping his finish just wide of the post as he bore down on Ward in the Liverpool goal as the visitors held on to their lead at half-time.

Not long into the second half though and Palace were level, Parsons breaking down the left, beating his man by the by-line and smashing a fierce drive into the top corner for a fantastic equaliser. The visitors took that set-back in their stride though and were soon level. Michael Ngoo's cross to the back post not dealt with properly as two Palace defenders collided enabling Jack Robinson to smash home.

Parsons continued to cause real danger down the left as he linked well with Daniel, and Allassani won a string of free-kicks but the Liverpool defence held firm and both Dorman and Banton could only curl efforts over before the visitors sealed victory with a third. Defensive slackness from Palace allowed Adorjan to chip a neat cross into the box that Adam Morgan flicked on for Ngoo to finish simply from five yards out.

A strong home support continued to chant throughout but Liverpool held on comfortably with the visitors' strong defence arguably the difference between the two sides on the day.

Palace XI: Fitzsimons, Wynter, Parsons, Taylor, Holland (Akuruka), Dorman, Banton, Boateng, Sekajja, Allassani, Daniel (Kai-Kai)
Subs Not Used: Chambers, Gregory, Woodley

Liverpool XI: Ward, Flanagan, Robinson, Sama, Wisdom, Coady, Ngoo, Roddan, Morgan, Adorjan, Eccleston (Pelosi)
Subs Not Used: Smith, Belford, Teixeira, Ibe