Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye were on target as Crystal Palace clinched a fifth win of the campaign from eight games at the expense of Tony Pulis’ West Brom side.
In a quiet encounter that the Eagles dominated from start to finish, it took one moment of inspiration to finally unlock a resolute West Brom defence when Cabaye’s fine cross was headed into the net by Bolasie on 68 minutes to score his first Selhurst Park goal since January 2013.
The victory was sealed when man-of-the-match Wilfried Zaha – who’d caused the visitors problems all afternoon – won a penalty three minutes from time which Cabaye slotted home to net his third goal of the campaign and send the Eagles into the top three of the Premier League table.
The early blows were all produced by Palace with Bolasie and Zaha causing issues for the Albion full-backs, but both produced tame efforts when they got shooting opportunities from the edge of the box within the first seven minutes.
It was all the hosts during the first half with the ball firmly in West Brom territory for the majority of it, and Bolasie and Cabaye saw attempts comfortably saved by Boaz Myhill, but the Baggies keeper got lucky on 36 minutes when Zaha teased his way past Chris Brunt and powered a shot towards goal which hit the former Welsh international in the chest before deflecting out for a corner.
Zaha was the Eagles’ main outlet during the game and five minutes later he saw a similar chance beaten away by Myhill before Jason Puncheon blazed over as half-time arrived with Alan Pardew’s men bossing the game but unable to take one of their opportunities.
The joy down the flanks continued in the second half and Zaha once again glided by Brunt before teeing up Puncheon who fired over the crossbar, and the hosts had a strong penalty appeal turned down when a free-kick into the area was handled by Craig Gardner but went undetected.
But midway through the half the Eagles finally found a breakthrough. Cabaye swung a corner into the area which was cleared, but when Puncheon picked the ball up the Frenchman made a clever little run and was found by the winger, and he beat a defender before floating the ball towards the back post where Bolasie was waiting to power home a header and score his first of the season.
Bolasie then tested Myhill again from range soon after which the Welshman did well to beat away, but the win was sealed with three minutes to go when Zaha yet again found a way down the right flank Brunt who hauled him down inside the area and Jonathan Moss had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and for the second week in succession Cabaye stroked home the spot-kick, sending Myhill the wrong way from 12 yards to seal the victory.
Palace: Hennessey; Kelly, Hangeland, Dann, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha (Ledley 89), Puncheon, Bolasie, Gayle (Campbell 75). Subs not used: McCarthy, Mariappa, Gray, Sako, Bamford.
West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans (Chester 24), Brunt, Yacob, Fletcher, Morrison (McManaman 70), McClean, Rondon, Berahino (Gardner 46). Subs not used: Lindegaard, Gamboa, Lambert, Anichebe