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Academy Report: Millwall 1-2 Crystal Palace

1 December 2014

The Eagles' under-18 side clocked up their third win on the bounce with a derby day victory at Millwall.

Goals from Andre Coker and Corie Andrews either side of the break clinched it for Ken Gillard's side who had been pegged back in the first-half, but they showed some heart to hang on to all three points in a bitty encounter in south London.

An unchanged Palace side started well and were rewarded with the opening goal after just 13 minutes. Jacob Berkley-Agyepong picked up the ball on the halfway line and drove forwards, and some fine off the ball work by Andrews drew two defenders away from an unmarked Coker who received the ball on the opposite flank, cut inside and smashed a left-footed shot from the edge of the area into the net.

However a period of sloppy play allowed a direct Lions side back into the game and they equalised after 25 minutes. The hosts attacked down the right and put a ball into the box, and despite having a couple of opportunities Palace failed to clear their lines and eventually it was hammered past Oliver Pain.

Gillard's side upped their game in the second half and got themselves back in from when Coker beat two men and cut the ball back for Andrews who hit it first time across goal to register his seventh of the season.

The Eagles came under a bit of pressure after that as Millwall looked to grab a share of the spoils but found Pain in fine form, and he made a tremendous late save with five minutes remaining when  a long ball wasn't dealt with and a home attacker took aim but the Australian goalkeeper got down low to push the ball away from the bottom corner and help his side achieve maximum points once again.

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