Palace’s development side returned to winning ways with a routine victory against Millwall at a snowy KNK Stadium, with new signing Keshi Anderson marking his debut with a goal.
The 19-year-old had scored a hat-trick for Brentford in Palace’s previous league game, and after coming on as a second half substitute he found the net to put the gloss on the victory over the Lions, with Fisayo Adarabioyo and Paddy McCarthy also getting on the scoresheet.
After the pitch passed a couple of inspections after the previous night’s cold snap, it took just four minutes for Palace to open the scoring with a well-worked goal. A brilliant first-time pass by Sonny Black found Adrian Mariappa on the right flank who whipped the ball into the box. Under pressure, Keaton Wood could only clear the ball into the path of Adarabioyo and the striker powered the ball under former Eagles youngster Tom King to open the scoring.
The visitors then saw a goal ruled out for offside when Jamie Philpot headed home after Chris Kettings had pushed away a blast from Ben Thompson but was ruled offside, and Palace had a let-off when Angel Martinez was picked out unmarked at the back post but he screwed his volley well over.
The chances dried up as both sides struggled to create anything on a bumpy surface due to the aftermath of the snow, with Mandela Egbo seeing a shot on the turn flash over the top as Gary Issott’s side led at the interval.
Four minutes after the restart the visitors were reduced to 10 men when captain Thompson was sent-off for a studs up challenge on Black, and with the advantage Palace doubled their lead just after the hour mark when Reise Allassani’s corner was met at the near post by McCarthy who glanced the ball past King.
It seemed to be a matter of how many goals Palace would score and Jacob Berkley-Agyepong went close in twice in quick succession when he was found by Allassani and forced King into a low stop, before putting the rebound over from a few yards out.
But with 10 minutes to go they added a third when Mariappa linked up with Allassani and his cross was volleyed into the net by Anderson to register his first Palace goal and seal a derby day success for the under-21s.
Palace: Kettings, Egbo (Magri 78), McCarthy, Hangeland, Mariappa, Allassani, Black, Boateng, Berkley-Agyepong, Ferrier (Dymond 74), Adarabioyo (Anderson 57). Subs not used:, Croll, Sow.
Millwall: King, Siafa, Parr, Wood, Casey, Rylah (Farrell 51), Thompson, Martinez (Byron 61), Twardeh, Pavey, Philpot. Subs not used: Girling, Brown, Peter.