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Moments of the Decade: CPFC 3-3 Liverpool

26 November 2015

All this week we are giving you the chance to vote for your favourite Palace moment of the last decade. Here we take a look back at one of the most famous comebacks in Premier League history.

Palace began their first season back in the Premier League in August 2013 with a sole aim of staying in the division for the first time ever. After Ian Holloway departed two months later, things looked bleak but Tony Pulis’ appointment as manager heralded a change in fortunes.

A good run around Christmas time hauled the Eagles out of the bottom three, and some shrewd signings in the January transfer window helped Palace string together five straight league victories between March and April – including a famous win at Selhurst against Chelsea – to ensure survival with three games to spare.

With the pressure off them, Pulis’ side found themselves in the middle of the race for the league title with the two contenders Manchester City and Liverpool next up. City swept the Eagles aside at Selhurst with a 2-0 victory, meaning that the Reds needed a win to keep themselves in the hunt for a first championship since 1990.

Brendan Rodgers’ side also needed to score a hat-full of goals to swing the goal difference in their favour, and Joe Allen got them off to the perfect start when he headed in a corner on 18 minutes. After the break they looked set to run rampant when Daniel Sturridge’s strike defected off Damien Delaney for an own goal before Luis Suarez added a third with 35 minutes still to play.

With the visiting fans urging their side on to score more, Palace clung on to keep things respectable and when Delaney fired in a speculative effort from 30 yards to make it 3-1 it looked to be a mere consolation.

However two minutes later Yannick Bolasie burst down the wing and picked out Dwight Gayle who steered a shot into the bottom corner past Simon Mignolet, and the Reds crumbled. Now it was the Palace fans urging their side forward, and two minutes from time the amazing comeback was completed.

Dann hoisted a long ball towards Glenn Murray, and he chested it into the path of Gayle who drilled it low under Mignolet to equalise and send Selhurst crazy.

The final whistle saw jubilant scenes from those in red and blue, while the image of Luis Suarez in tears on the pitch showed that the visitors knew that their chance of the title had all-but gone.

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!

Read more about the other nine contenders here.

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