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Moments of the Decade: Butterfield's Hat-Trick

20 November 2015


All this week we are giving you the chance to vote for your favourite Palace moment of the last decade. Here we look back at Danny Butterfield's perfect hat-trick in the FA Cup.

The Eagles were dogged by financial troubles when Neil Warnock opted to turn right-back Danny Butterfield into a makeshift striker for an FA Cup Fourth Round replay at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in early 2010.

Having drawn at Molineux, the two sides were forced to play again at Selhurst Park on February 2nd, with Palace coming out on top. Remarkably, all three of the Eagles' goals in the victory came from Butterfield, who netted not only a perfect hat-trick, but the fastest treble in the club's history, taking just 6 minutes 48 seconds.



The first, a reaction header from point blank range, gave Palace a 1-0 lead just after the hour mark. Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made an astonishing save after a dangerous corner in from Darren Ambrose was powered goalwards by Matt Lawrence, but striker-for-the-night Butterfield was on hand to nod home the rebound from a yard out.

Minutes later a masterful first-time through-ball from Ambrose, after an Alan Lee flick-on, released Butterfield to prod a low effort beyond Hennessey - this time with his right boot.



Lee then flicked on Julian Speroni's next kick up field, which Butterfield raced on to and drilled, left-footed, between Hennessey's legs to make it three goals in under seven minutes. 



Karl Henry thundered in a late consolation for Wolves, but Butterfield's perfect hat-trick had done the damage by then, booking Palace's place in the Fifth Round against Aston Villa.


Was this your favourite Eagles moment from the last 10 years? Vote for yours online here where you can watch this and the all the other contenders now!

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