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Academy Report: Wolves 1-2 Palace

19 November 2012

Palace's academy side notched up their fourth win in their last five games as they beat Wolves 2-1 away from home to continue their surge up the under 18s league table. 

The visitors got off to a poor start though and were thankful that their goalkeeper David Gregory was in inspired form as he made two good saves to keep the score at 0-0, however he was finally beaten on the half-hour mark when Wolves netted a header to take the lead.

Having spent the opening 30 minutes on the back foot the Eagles began to improve steadily throughout the game and began to create chances as Jake Gray fired a shot over the crossbar and Derek Tieku had a decent opportunity at the near post. Their pressure finally told when they managed to equalise before half-time through Jerome Williams after some good work from Elijah Gabsi and Ryan Inniss. 

In the second half the Eagles found their passing a little easier and created two or three good chances with Gabsi shooting straight at the Wolves goalkeeper and Gray failing to convert a decent chance.

However 25 minutes from time Tieku turned smartly in the box and bent the ball around the goalkeeper and into the net to give his side the lead. The home side pushed for an equaliser but Palace weathered the pressure and defended very well at the back with Inniss in particular impressing alongside Alistair Gordon. 

The Eagles had chances to snatch a third on the counter and seal the victory but their rock-solid defence held firm and ensured another three points to continue their fine form.

After the game, academy boss Gary Issott said: “We're on a great run, the turning point was when we played a friendly against Millwall after a bad run and now we've won four out of our last five. 

“We finish the league campaign against Manchester City on Saturday and then we have a couple of friendlies before we play Port Vale in the FA Youth Cup next month. They're a decent side with a good front four so we're going to have to be on our game to make sure there isn't an upset.”

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