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Development Report: Palace 1 Man City 1

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20:57 1st October 2012

Attilio Lombardo's Manchester City development side were the visitors to Selhurst Park as Palace looked for their first win of the season but it was the high flying visitors who almost took the lead inside the opening minute when Lewis Price uncharacteristically spilled an easy short. Spaniard Denis Suarez reacted quickest to the rebound but his cut-back was dealt with well by Price at the second time of asking.

City continued to push forward and their young side probably should have been ahead inside five minutes but an early Palace free-kick changed the reflection of the game. Bayan Fenwick's inswinging free-kick touched into his own net by City defender Ellis Plummer. Former Middlesbrough loanee, Alex Nimely should've levelled the scores immediately but fired over from eight yards before Jason Banton and Reise Allassani linked cleverly, with the latter's cross-shot just dropping wide as the Eagles looked to add to their early lead.

The visitors continued to have more of the ball but despite eight corners in the first half an hour they failed to muster a chance of note, at the other end Banton shone for Jamie Fullarton's side, beating two men before shaping a curling effort narrowly wide. The little Spaniard Suarez began to dominate though, feeding Nimley unmarked eight yards out but the lively frontman shot straight at Price with the goal at his mercy. And then the visitors were level, Marcos Lopes showing his quality with a left-foot drive from 25 yards that found the bottom corner - although the Palace defence will feel they should have done more to put him under pressure.

That was the way it remained at half-time and Lombardo encouraged his side to press even further forward in the second half, Kolo Toure almost providing the visitors with the lead only for a last ditch challenge to keep the scores level. There was little let up from City though, Luca Scapuzzi hammering a strike towards the top corner that Price did brilliantly to tip over and Suarez singing the keeper's palms, both from 20 yards as Palace's number two kept his side in the game.

Fullarton's side threatened on the break, but again it was City who went close. Suarez found his way through the Palace back four after a neat one-two but slipped at the vital moment and the little Spaniard continued to pull the strings, dancing down the left and cutting back for Lopes who saw his goalbound effort brilliantly blocked by Matt Parsons.

Suarez continued his one manĀ siegeĀ on the Palace goal with Price thwarting him at every turn and Hiram Boateng almost stole all three points when Erik Johansen fumbled his long range shot onto the post in injury but the game ended level as Palace picked up their second consecutive home draw.

Teams:

Palace: Price, Akuruka (Chambers), Parsons, Taylor, Wynter, Daniel, Fenwick, Boateng, Sekajja, Allassani, Banton
Subs: Fitzimons, Kai-Kai, Gabsi, Williams

Man City: Johansen, Facey, Helan, Evans, Toure, Plummer, Lopes, Huws, Nimely (Pozo), Suarez, Scapuzzi (Drury)
Subs: Leigh, Lawlor, Glendon

Att: 662