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Development Report: Man City 0-0 Palace

24 November 2012

Palace's development side picked up a valuable point as their defence held firm against Manchester City as they left the north-west with a goalless draw as they aim to secure a preferable draw when the league groups are re-drawn after Christmas.

Having caused Palace's academy side problems earlier in the season, Devante Cole, son of former England striker Andrew, was selected up front as well as recent Charlton loanee Abdul Razak, however the Eagles defence was not to be beaten at Platt Lane.

Cole had the game's opening chance on nine minutes when he received the ball following some neat  footwork from Spaniard Jose Angel Pozo, but he dragged his shot wide of the post from 12 yards.

In a  first half of few opportunities for either side, City suddenly burst into life seven minutes before the break and Ross Fitzsimons had to be alert when he brilliantly tipped a thunderous volley from Olivier Ntcham onto the post.

A few moments later the shot-stopper was at it again when he turned away a strike from the influential Pozo from 10 yards, but he was beaten on the stroke of half-time by a Marcos Lopes effort but luckily he was saved by his crossbar as the sides went into the break all square.

However despite City looking to be the more likely to win it after an impressive first 45 minutes, Palace showed much more attacking threat after half-time and Kwesi Appiah had a great chance to score but he clattered the crossbar with an effort after 72 minutes which City keeper Eirik Johansen could only admire.

The home side had to wait until stoppage time to put the goal under any kind of threat again, but when Adam Drury whipped in a dangerous cross from the right flank there was no-one there to steer it home as Palace registered their second clean sheet of the campaign against the Premier League champions.

Manchester City: Johansen, Drury (Leigh 32mins), Meppen-Walter, Evans, Bossaerts, Rekik, Ntcham (Henshall 77mins), Razak (Glendon 60mins), Cole, Pozo, Lopes. Unused subs: O'Brien, Plummer

Crystal Palace: Fitzsimmons, Akuruka, Parsons, Martin, Taylor, Sow, Kaikai (Fenwick 60mins), Boateng, Appiah, Allissanni, Banton. Unused subs: King, Holland, Chambers, Tieku.

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