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Match Report : 13/12/2014

13 December 2014

Palace claimed another point as they were held 1-1 by Stoke City, with James McArthur scoring his first goal for the club. 

The game’s key incidents came in a two minute window where Palace took the lead thanks to McArthur’s header, but Stoke went straight up the other end and Peter Crouch found the net from close range.

Despite the early goals there were few chances for either side to grab a winner during the remainder of the game, although Neil Warnock’s men enjoyed the better of the opportunities and may be disappointed with just a single point from a game that won’t live long in the memory.

A very quiet opening 10 minutes suddenly burst into life when the Eagles pushed down the left with Yannick Bolasie who tormented Phil Bardsley and whipped a cross into the box, and McArthur managed to get his head onto the ball and looped it over Asmir Begovic and into the net to register his first Palace goal.

But the home fans’ joy was short-lived when 90 seconds later the Potters grabbed an equaliser. This time it was Bojan who attacked down the flank and cut the ball back for Jonathan Walters, but after the Republic of Ireland international saw his shot blocked the ball spun into the path of Crouch who tucked home the loose ball.

Bolasie was enjoying himself against Bardsley and some more fine wing play allowed McArthur another sight of goal and he forced Begovic to push away his stinging drive from a tight angle, and after probing down that side Wilfried Zaha got into the box after a couple of step overs but Begovic managed to push his attempt away.

Despite a lack of chances for both sides, Palace looked the most threatening and enjoyed the majority of the possession and territory during the opening half, and they continued to pressure their opponents after the restart.

Begovic was forced to produce a brilliant save when McArthur attempted to bend the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, but despite being unsighted with a crowd of defenders in front of him the Bosnian stopper got down quickly to get a hand to the ball.

They suffered a blow with 15 minutes remaining when Marouane Chamkah limped off with what looked to be a hamstring injury, and Julian Speroni had to be alert late on to save a snap shot from Crouch after the ball was knocked down into his path by Mame Biram Diouf, however it was to be only save he made all afternoon as a damp squib of a game came to a close.

Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland, Dann, Ward, Jedinak, McArthur (Bannan 85), Ledley, Bolasie, Zaha (Puncheon 60), Chamakh (Gayle 77). Subs not used: Hennessey, Delaney, Thomas, Campbell.

Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Cameron, Pieters, N'Zonzi, Wilson, Diouf, Bojan (Arnautovic 54), Walters, Crouch. Subs not used: Butland, Huth, Whelan, Adam, Assaidi, Ireland.

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