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Academy Report: Palace 1-2 Nottingham Forest

28 September 2015

Palace saw their first home game of the season end in defeat as Nottingham Forest came back to win all three points and end the Eagles’ four game unbeaten run.

Playing at their new home of Goals in Beckenham, Ken Gillard’s side started well and took the lead after only seven minutes. Andre Coker caused problems on the left and he put in an early cross for Levi Lumeka to score his second of the season from inside the six yard box with a well taken finish.

The Palace pressure continued with Lumeka continuing to torment the Tricky Trees down the left flank, and he nearly returned the favour for Coker three minutes later but the winger placed his shot wide.

Corie Andrews then had a chance to double the lead when he was slid in by Luke Dreher and forced the Forest goalkeeper to make a good save, but despite their early dominance a poor 10 minute spell would cost the hosts dearly.

Elvis Otim pounced on some hesitation in the Palace defence to equalise with a low shot from 18 yards, and then on 26 minutes the Eagles allowed Forest time and space to put in a cross from the right and Ben Brereton was gifted a free header to turn the game on its head.

The first half ended with Forest in the lead despite the Eagles dictating the majority of the game, and there would be a similar story in the second half.

At half-time new signing Jason Lokito was introduced for his first appearance for Palace and he gave his side some extra impetuous going forward, and the chances began to fall for Gillard’s boys again. Coker found himself one-on-one with the Forest keeper on the hour mark but he spurned a good opportunity wide, and 12 minutes later Victor Fundi headed over.

The visitors nearly wrapped the game up late on when a long-range strike rattled the frame of Oliver Pain’s goal, but despite plenty of effort the Eagles couldn’t christen their new home with a result.

The defeat leaves them third in the table, however they are just three points off the top and still have a game in hand on their rivals.

Palace: Pain, Akiotu (Hosannah 82), Woods, Jones, Sturgess (Lokilo 46), Coker, Dreher, Hogan, Lumeka (Bennett 71), Andrews, Fundi. Subs not used: McAdden, Omrore.

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