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West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace

West Brom 1 Palace 5

West Brom1
Gallagher30'
Palace5
Furlong8' (OG)
Zaha55' 68'
Benteke59' 82'
Sun 06 Dec 12:00(KO listed in users′ timezone)

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Match Summary

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes three changes to his lineup, starting Wilfried Zaha, Luka Milivojević and Christian Benteke
  • After a strong start, Palace take the lead when Darnell Furlong turns into his own net on the end of Zaha’s cross
  • The Baggies respond well, Furlong striking the crossbar in one of several attacks
  • Eventually, they find the net through Connor Gallagher
  • Minutes later, Matheus Pereira sees red for violent conduct against Patrick van Aanholt; VAR advising Paul Tierney to review the monitor on the decision
  • Half-time: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • Palace start the second-half strongly and enjoy chance after chance
  • Zaha capitalises on this dominance with a sensational goal to regain the lead
  • Benteke makes it three as he heads in Van Aanholt’s smart chip
  • Eberechi Eze links up smartly with Benteke before feeding Zaha, who uses the edge of his boot to net Palace’s fourth
  • Four becomes five away from home for the first time in Palace's top-flight history, Benteke striking home on the turn
  • Full-time: West Bromwich Albion 1-5 Crystal Palace

WBAPAL 01 Milivojevic.jpg

Perhaps signposting their desire to regain form, Palace began the clash on the front foot; with the ball zipping across the turf between red and blue bodies. Making their intentions clear within just four minutes, Wilfried Zaha clipped the post with a driven shot from 20 yards, at the first opportunity showing the Eagles can turn possession into chances.

But, equally swiftly, it wouldn’t be a Palace man converting such dominance when Darnell Furlong turned into his own net. The Baggies’ misfortune came after Zaha shrugged Matheus Periera’s challenge off and fizzed a ball across the box, with Furlong lunging and ultimately knocking past Sam Johnstone.

West Brom reacted by landing their first chance on target as Periera struck into Vicente Guaita’s hands following a well-worked move. In a kindred move, Christian Benteke lofted a ball into Zaha’s path only for the Ivorian to volley high, but both sides had flexed their attacking muscles for the still-empty stadium.

WBAPAL 02 Milivojevic Zaha Benteke.jpg

This semi-peacocking in attack continued for the man who needed it most: Furlong thwacking the crossbar with a powerful header after another smooth West Brom passage.

Matt Phillips then struck into Guaita’s confident gloves before Johnstone denied a smart Benteke header.

But the chances would again yield goals around the half-hour mark, with the visitors this time grasping hold of the game. Their equaliser came from another noteworthy spell; Sami Ajayi feeding Phillips who set-up Connor Gallagher with precision. The ball played accurately into his feet, Gallagher vindicated his teammates’ decision to pass and calmly slotted home.

WBAPAL 06 Benteke.jpg

The hosts’ jubilation would last all of three minutes, however, turning to apprehension and then deflation when referee Paul Tierney reviewed the VAR monitor and handed Pereira a red card for kicking Patrick van Aanholt in a clumsy challenge.

The Baggies did well to secure their level footing before being reduced to 10-men, and their attractive attacking approach subsided, the visitors instead collecting the baton.

Palace chances came fast through Benteke, Zaha and even Gary Cahill but the home side defended committedly to guard their goalmouth. Roy Hodgson’s men behaved similarly when Jeffrey Schlupp and then Benteke desperately knocked away West Brom crosses just yards from the net.

WBAPAL 04 Schlupp.jpg

The half-time breather will have been well met by both sides, and Palace knew a confident second-half could deliver three points against their hosts' handicap.

The second spell began more steadily than the first, a state of affairs no doubt anticipated against 10-men. Benteke, who looked bright, earned Palace’s opening chance as he drove down the left flank, however his burst was nullified by Ajayi’s nippy shadowing.

The Eagles were very much still the ascendant side, however, with Zaha having two shots deflected wide and Van Aanholt seeing a stinging effort saved adeptly by a flying Johnstone.

Applying more and more pressure on their stretched hosts, Palace forced West Brom into two last-ditched clearances from a corner before emphatically regaining their lead.

WBAPAL 00 Cahill Benteke.jpg

Having camped on the edge of the Baggies’ box, Palace knocked loudly at the door and, when James McArthur fed Zaha 20 yards out, the Ivorian burst through with power, bending home a piledriving effort in trademark style.

With the wind in his side’s sails, Benteke too sent the net bulging with a familiar approach; heading in off the ground as Van Aanholt chipped cutely into his path.

Palace’s ruthless handling of the 10-man Baggies saw them enjoy a comfortable lead as West Brom made a second defensive change to mitigate against further damage.

Ghosts of their very recent past well and truly buried, the south Londoners could be forgiven for sitting back and seeing out their lead. But Hodgson’s charges had other ideas.

Eberechi Eze became heavily involved in the attacking action as he played a sumptuous one-two with Benteke before skipping into the box and laying-off Zaha to his right. Reacting quickly in little space, the No.11 clipped the ball with the edge of his boot and expertly guided it past Johnstone to find Palace’s fourth.

WBAPAL 00 Zaha Kouyate.jpg

The game finally settled for a while and found the tempo expected for a three-goal lead. Both sides saw tame chances come and go and each manager made further changes, but the altered makeup didn't affect Palace's fortunes.

Instead, for the first time in top-flight history, they netted five away from home as Benteke turned his marker, pivoted on the edge of the box and fired home with aplomb before celebrating with a confident smile.

This confidence carried the south Londoners through the final 10 minutes, all 11-men and their manager still keen to test their hosts.

But five would remain five for Crystal Palace in their strongest attacking performance in top-flight history; certainly not a bad result to accept.

West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, Ivanović, Bartley, Ajayi, Phillips, Diangana (Krovinovic 45), Gallagher, Sawyers (O'Shea 80), Pereira, Grant (Robinson 62).

Subs: Button, Gibbs, Grosicki, Austin.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Kouyaté, Cahill, Clyne, McArthur (Riedewald 72), Milivojević, Schlupp (Ayew 74), Eze, Zaha (Batshuayi 81), Benteke.

Subs: Butland, Ward, Sakho, Townsend.

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Match Blog

Full-Time

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 5.
90'+3'

miss

Attempt missed. Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross following a corner.
90'+2'

corner

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
89'

free kick won

Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
88'

Yellow Card

Milivojevic(4)
Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
88'

free kick won

Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
87'

free kick won

Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
84'

miss

Attempt missed. Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dara O'Shea.
82'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Christian
Benteke(20)
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 5. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.
81'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
off
Michy Batshuayi
Michy
Batshuayi(23)
on
80'

Substitution

West Bromwich Albion
Romaine
Sawyers(19)
off
Dara
O'Shea(27)
on
80'

miss

Attempt missed. Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Phillips.
74'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
Jeffrey
Schlupp(15)
off
Jordan Ayew
Jordan
Ayew(9)
on
74'

free kick won

Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
73'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
James
McArthur(18)
off
Jairo
Riedewald(44)
on
70'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Eberechi Eze tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
69'

free kick won

Branislav Ivanovic (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
68'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
Wilfried Zaha
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 4. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.
67'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.
65'

free kick won

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
62'

Substitution

West Bromwich Albion
Karlan
Grant(29)
off
Callum
Robinson(7)
on
61'

offside

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips tries a through ball, but Karlan Grant is caught offside.
61'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
59'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Christian
Benteke(20)
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 3. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.
58'

Yellow Card

Gallagher(18)
Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
58'

free kick won

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
58'

corner

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
55'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
Wilfried Zaha
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McArthur.
55'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.
55'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Cahill.
54'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.
54'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.
53'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.
53'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
52'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.
52'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
50'

miss

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.
49'

Yellow Card

McArthur(18)
James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
49'

free kick won

Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
49'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
48'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Gary Cahill tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
45'

Substitution

West Bromwich Albion
Grady
Diangana(11)
off
Filip
Krovinovic(17)
on

First-Half Ends

First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 1.
45'+1'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Nathaniel Clyne tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
44'

miss

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic.
43'

corner

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Christian Benteke.
43'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Karlan Grant (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
42'

corner

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.
40'

free kick won

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
39'

free kick won

Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
38'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.
38'

miss

Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
38'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
38'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
37'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.
36'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
34'

Red Card

Matheus Pereira(12)
Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the red card for violent conduct.
32'

VAR

VAR Decision: Card upgraded Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).
32'

free kick won

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
30'

West Bromwich Albion Goal

West Bromwich Albion
Goal!
West Bromwich Albion
Conor
Gallagher(18)
Conor Gallagher
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 1. Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darnell Furlong.
29'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.
28'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
26'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
26'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.
25'

free kick won

Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
25'

free kick won

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
24'

offside

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Matheus Pereira tries a through ball, but Kyle Bartley is caught offside.
23'

free kick won

Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
21'

free kick won

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
21'

free kick won

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
19'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.
18'

post

Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.
17'

Yellow Card

Sawyers(19)
Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
17'

free kick won

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
16'

miss

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
14'

free kick won

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
14'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Phillips.
9'

free kick won

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
8'

West Bromwich Albion Own Goal

West Bromwich Albion
Goal!
West Bromwich Albion
Darnell
Furlong(2)
Darnell Furlong
Own Goal by Darnell Furlong, West Bromwich Albion. West Bromwich Albion 0, Crystal Palace 1.
7'

free kick won

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
5'

free kick won

Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
3'

miss

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
2'

free kick won

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kick-Off

lineup

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Starting lineup

1
Sam Johnstone
GK
5
Kyle Bartley
DF
20
Branislav Ivanovic
DF
6
Semi Ajayi
DF
19
Romaine Sawyers
MF
17'
substitution icon80'
18
Conor Gallagher
MF
30'
58'
2
Darnell Furlong
MF
8'
10
Matt Phillips
MF
11
Grady Diangana
S
substitution icon45'
29
Karlan Grant
S
substitution icon62'
12
Matheus Pereira
S
34'

Substitutes

3
Kieran Gibbs
7
Callum Robinson
substitution icon62'
13
Kamil Grosicki
15
Charlie Austin
17
Filip Krovinovic
substitution icon45'
25
David Button
27
Dara O'Shea
substitution icon80'
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Starting lineup

1
Sam Johnstone
GK
5
Kyle Bartley
DF
20
Branislav Ivanovic
DF
6
Semi Ajayi
DF
19
Romaine Sawyers
MF
17'
substitution icon80'
18
Conor Gallagher
MF
30'
58'
2
Darnell Furlong
MF
8'
10
Matt Phillips
MF
11
Grady Diangana
S
substitution icon45'
29
Karlan Grant
S
substitution icon62'
12
Matheus Pereira
S
34'

Substitutes

3
Kieran Gibbs
7
Callum Robinson
substitution icon62'
13
Kamil Grosicki
15
Charlie Austin
17
Filip Krovinovic
substitution icon45'
25
David Button
27
Dara O'Shea
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MCIManchester City
38
27
5
6
83
32
+51
86
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MUNManchester United
38
21
11
6
73
44
+29
74
3
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20
9
9
68
42
+26
69
4
CHEChelsea
38
19
10
9
58
36
+22
67
5
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12
68
50
+18
66
6
WHUWest Ham United
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19
8
11
62
47
+15
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7
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8
12
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+23
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7
13
55
39
+16
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9
LEELeeds United
38
18
5
15
62
54
+8
59
10
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38
17
8
13
47
48
-1
59
11
AVLAston Villa
38
16
7
15
55
46
+9
55
12
NEWNewcastle United
38
12
9
17
46
62
-16
45
13
WOLWolverhampton Wanderers
38
12
9
17
36
52
-16
45
14
CRYCrystal Palace
38
12
8
18
41
66
-25
44
15
SOUSouthampton
38
12
7
19
47
68
-21
43
16
BHABrighton and Hove Albion
38
9
14
15
40
46
-6
41
17
BURBurnley
38
10
9
19
33
55
-22
39
18
FULFulham
38
5
13
20
27
53
-26
28
19
WBAWest Bromwich Albion
38
5
11
22
35
76
-41
26
20
SHUSheffield United
38
7
2
29
20
63
-43
23

Match Summary

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes three changes to his lineup, starting Wilfried Zaha, Luka Milivojević and Christian Benteke
  • After a strong start, Palace take the lead when Darnell Furlong turns into his own net on the end of Zaha’s cross
  • The Baggies respond well, Furlong striking the crossbar in one of several attacks
  • Eventually, they find the net through Connor Gallagher
  • Minutes later, Matheus Pereira sees red for violent conduct against Patrick van Aanholt; VAR advising Paul Tierney to review the monitor on the decision
  • Half-time: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • Palace start the second-half strongly and enjoy chance after chance
  • Zaha capitalises on this dominance with a sensational goal to regain the lead
  • Benteke makes it three as he heads in Van Aanholt’s smart chip
  • Eberechi Eze links up smartly with Benteke before feeding Zaha, who uses the edge of his boot to net Palace’s fourth
  • Four becomes five away from home for the first time in Palace's top-flight history, Benteke striking home on the turn
  • Full-time: West Bromwich Albion 1-5 Crystal Palace

WBAPAL 01 Milivojevic.jpg

Perhaps signposting their desire to regain form, Palace began the clash on the front foot; with the ball zipping across the turf between red and blue bodies. Making their intentions clear within just four minutes, Wilfried Zaha clipped the post with a driven shot from 20 yards, at the first opportunity showing the Eagles can turn possession into chances.

But, equally swiftly, it wouldn’t be a Palace man converting such dominance when Darnell Furlong turned into his own net. The Baggies’ misfortune came after Zaha shrugged Matheus Periera’s challenge off and fizzed a ball across the box, with Furlong lunging and ultimately knocking past Sam Johnstone.

West Brom reacted by landing their first chance on target as Periera struck into Vicente Guaita’s hands following a well-worked move. In a kindred move, Christian Benteke lofted a ball into Zaha’s path only for the Ivorian to volley high, but both sides had flexed their attacking muscles for the still-empty stadium.

WBAPAL 02 Milivojevic Zaha Benteke.jpg

This semi-peacocking in attack continued for the man who needed it most: Furlong thwacking the crossbar with a powerful header after another smooth West Brom passage.

Matt Phillips then struck into Guaita’s confident gloves before Johnstone denied a smart Benteke header.

But the chances would again yield goals around the half-hour mark, with the visitors this time grasping hold of the game. Their equaliser came from another noteworthy spell; Sami Ajayi feeding Phillips who set-up Connor Gallagher with precision. The ball played accurately into his feet, Gallagher vindicated his teammates’ decision to pass and calmly slotted home.

WBAPAL 06 Benteke.jpg

The hosts’ jubilation would last all of three minutes, however, turning to apprehension and then deflation when referee Paul Tierney reviewed the VAR monitor and handed Pereira a red card for kicking Patrick van Aanholt in a clumsy challenge.

The Baggies did well to secure their level footing before being reduced to 10-men, and their attractive attacking approach subsided, the visitors instead collecting the baton.

Palace chances came fast through Benteke, Zaha and even Gary Cahill but the home side defended committedly to guard their goalmouth. Roy Hodgson’s men behaved similarly when Jeffrey Schlupp and then Benteke desperately knocked away West Brom crosses just yards from the net.

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The half-time breather will have been well met by both sides, and Palace knew a confident second-half could deliver three points against their hosts' handicap.

The second spell began more steadily than the first, a state of affairs no doubt anticipated against 10-men. Benteke, who looked bright, earned Palace’s opening chance as he drove down the left flank, however his burst was nullified by Ajayi’s nippy shadowing.

The Eagles were very much still the ascendant side, however, with Zaha having two shots deflected wide and Van Aanholt seeing a stinging effort saved adeptly by a flying Johnstone.

Applying more and more pressure on their stretched hosts, Palace forced West Brom into two last-ditched clearances from a corner before emphatically regaining their lead.

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Having camped on the edge of the Baggies’ box, Palace knocked loudly at the door and, when James McArthur fed Zaha 20 yards out, the Ivorian burst through with power, bending home a piledriving effort in trademark style.

With the wind in his side’s sails, Benteke too sent the net bulging with a familiar approach; heading in off the ground as Van Aanholt chipped cutely into his path.

Palace’s ruthless handling of the 10-man Baggies saw them enjoy a comfortable lead as West Brom made a second defensive change to mitigate against further damage.

Ghosts of their very recent past well and truly buried, the south Londoners could be forgiven for sitting back and seeing out their lead. But Hodgson’s charges had other ideas.

Eberechi Eze became heavily involved in the attacking action as he played a sumptuous one-two with Benteke before skipping into the box and laying-off Zaha to his right. Reacting quickly in little space, the No.11 clipped the ball with the edge of his boot and expertly guided it past Johnstone to find Palace’s fourth.

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The game finally settled for a while and found the tempo expected for a three-goal lead. Both sides saw tame chances come and go and each manager made further changes, but the altered makeup didn't affect Palace's fortunes.

Instead, for the first time in top-flight history, they netted five away from home as Benteke turned his marker, pivoted on the edge of the box and fired home with aplomb before celebrating with a confident smile.

This confidence carried the south Londoners through the final 10 minutes, all 11-men and their manager still keen to test their hosts.

But five would remain five for Crystal Palace in their strongest attacking performance in top-flight history; certainly not a bad result to accept.

West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, Ivanović, Bartley, Ajayi, Phillips, Diangana (Krovinovic 45), Gallagher, Sawyers (O'Shea 80), Pereira, Grant (Robinson 62).

Subs: Button, Gibbs, Grosicki, Austin.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Kouyaté, Cahill, Clyne, McArthur (Riedewald 72), Milivojević, Schlupp (Ayew 74), Eze, Zaha (Batshuayi 81), Benteke.

Subs: Butland, Ward, Sakho, Townsend.

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Match Blog

Full-Time

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 5.
90'+3'

miss

Attempt missed. Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross following a corner.
90'+2'

corner

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
89'

free kick won

Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
88'

Yellow Card

Milivojevic(4)
Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
88'

free kick won

Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
87'

free kick won

Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
84'

miss

Attempt missed. Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dara O'Shea.
82'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Christian
Benteke(20)
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 5. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.
81'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
off
Michy Batshuayi
Michy
Batshuayi(23)
on
80'

Substitution

West Bromwich Albion
Romaine
Sawyers(19)
off
Dara
O'Shea(27)
on
80'

miss

Attempt missed. Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Phillips.
74'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
Jeffrey
Schlupp(15)
off
Jordan Ayew
Jordan
Ayew(9)
on
74'

free kick won

Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
73'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
James
McArthur(18)
off
Jairo
Riedewald(44)
on
70'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Eberechi Eze tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
69'

free kick won

Branislav Ivanovic (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
68'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
Wilfried Zaha
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 4. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.
67'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.
65'

free kick won

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
62'

Substitution

West Bromwich Albion
Karlan
Grant(29)
off
Callum
Robinson(7)
on
61'

offside

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips tries a through ball, but Karlan Grant is caught offside.
61'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
59'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Christian
Benteke(20)
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 3. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.
58'

Yellow Card

Gallagher(18)
Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
58'

free kick won

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
58'

corner

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
55'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
Wilfried Zaha
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McArthur.
55'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.
55'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Cahill.
54'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.
54'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.
53'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.
53'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
52'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.
52'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
50'

miss

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.
49'

Yellow Card

McArthur(18)
James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
49'

free kick won

Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
49'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
48'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Gary Cahill tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
45'

Substitution

West Bromwich Albion
Grady
Diangana(11)
off
Filip
Krovinovic(17)
on

First-Half Ends

First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 1.
45'+1'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Nathaniel Clyne tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
44'

miss

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic.
43'

corner

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Christian Benteke.
43'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Karlan Grant (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
42'

corner

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.
40'

free kick won

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
39'

free kick won

Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
38'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.
38'

miss

Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
38'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
38'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
37'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.
36'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
34'

Red Card

Matheus Pereira(12)
Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the red card for violent conduct.
32'

VAR

VAR Decision: Card upgraded Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).
32'

free kick won

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
30'

West Bromwich Albion Goal

West Bromwich Albion
Goal!
West Bromwich Albion
Conor
Gallagher(18)
Conor Gallagher
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Crystal Palace 1. Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darnell Furlong.
29'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.
28'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
26'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
26'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.
25'

free kick won

Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
25'

free kick won

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
24'

offside

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Matheus Pereira tries a through ball, but Kyle Bartley is caught offside.
23'

free kick won

Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
21'

free kick won

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
21'

free kick won

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
19'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.
18'

post

Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.
17'

Yellow Card

Sawyers(19)
Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
17'

free kick won

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
16'

miss

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
14'

free kick won

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
14'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Phillips.
9'

free kick won

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
8'

West Bromwich Albion Own Goal

West Bromwich Albion
Goal!
West Bromwich Albion
Darnell
Furlong(2)
Darnell Furlong
Own Goal by Darnell Furlong, West Bromwich Albion. West Bromwich Albion 0, Crystal Palace 1.
7'

free kick won

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
5'

free kick won

Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
3'

miss

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
2'

free kick won

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kick-Off

lineup

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.