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Swindon 0 Palace 1

8 August 2012

A penalty early in the game from Jermaine Easter was enough to give Palace another pre-season victory in their penultimate friendly against Swindon Town.

Defender Peter Ramage, signed on Tuesday, was named on the bench alongside three trialists, Jose Baxter, Ugo Ukay and Omar Kossoko.

It was the home side who nearly took an early lead when Gary Roberts shot was deflected off a defender onto his own post and the winger was soon putting over another couple of crosses from the left but the danger was cleared by the Palace backline. 

On nine minutes though at the other end the Palace fans, who had travelled down for the game, were celebrating the only goal of the night. Wilfried Zaha’s pace and skill took him past two defenders and he was able to get the ball across to Glenn Murray and after getting around the goalkeeper he was fouled by former Eagle Wes Foderingham and the penalty was awarded.

Easter confidently stepped up and converted the spot kick to give the visitors the early advantage. 

The woodwork was soon on Palace’s side though as two minutes later, Andy Williams got on the end of a cross but saw his effort come back off the inside of the post with Speroni only able to watch the ball go towards goal. 

A couple of further chances on the half hour mark for Swindon as Paul Benson headed towards goal and Williams saw his effort go over the bar without troubling the goalkeeper.

The goalscorer nearly increased the advantage when he collected a ball from Zaha, but he saw his effort saved by Foderingham. 
Zaha soon after showed his pace to beat three men and put the ball over to Mile Jedinak and the Australian’s shot was put out for a corner.

One change at the break from Dougie Freedman as Lewis Price replaced Speroni before further changes were made including the introduction of trialist Kossoko and he was soon involved.

He beat a couple of defenders before shooting wide of the far post as the ball went across goal. 

Price was called into action and produced a fantastic save to deny Ritchie with a shot from distance and Williams had his close range effort stopped by the ‘keeper.

Baxter, introduced midway through the second half, produced a good save from Foderingham direct from a free-kick, while captain Paddy McCarthy had a header cleared off the line. 

Baxter was close to getting on the scoresheet when he drove a shot just wide of Foderingham’s post with the ‘keeper beaten. 

Just before the final whistle Owen Garvan kept Palace’s lead intact when Williams looked to get on the end of a free kick that was crossed over into the box but the midfielder cleared the danger in what was to be the final action of the night. 

Palace complete their pre-season programme at Reading on Saturday, kick-off 3.00pm. 

Palace: Speroni (Price 46), Ward (Garvan 68), Moxey (Parr 58), Martin (Wright 58), McCarthy (Ukay 76), Dikgacoi (Ramage 68) Jedinak (O'Keefe 76), Williams (Kossoko 58), Zaha (Baxter 67), Murray (Appiah 68), Easter (Rosa 76).

Subs Not Used: Marrow.

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