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U21 Report: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Palace

19 April 2016

A last minute goal from Randell Williams clinched a win for Crystal Palace's development side against Nottingham Forest in their penultimate game of the season.

The winger notched his seventh goal since his January arrival when he tucked away Matthew George's cross in stoppage time to rack up a fourth win in five matches for Gary Issott's squad.

It was what the Eagles' merited for their efforts throughout the 90 minutes and Williams could have got himself on the scoresheet as early as the fourth minute when he forced Forest keeper Tim Erlandsson to save with his feet.

Michael Phillips then fizzed a shot just wide before the hosts created their first opportunity but Kleton Perntreou easily dealt with a tame Liam Adams attempt, but all in all it was comfortable 90 minutes for the Palace shot-stopper.

After the break Palace continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock and Connor Dymond forced Erlandsson into a smart save before Williams broke through the defence on 75 minutes to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper who did well to stay big and block the shot.

With a lack of attacking spark from the Reds the Eagles defence was rarely troubled, although there were a couple of late wayward blasts from Grant, but just as it looked that the game was to end in a stalemate, Palace pounced in injury-time.

George found himself with the ball on the left and his cross was perfect for Williams who tucked the ball home to seal all the points, and Palace round off their campaign with a trip to Cardiff City next week.

Palace: Perntreou, Wynter, O'Dwyer, Croll, George, Dymond, Hoare (Berkeley-Agyepong 78), Phillips, Dreher, Williams, Ladapo. Subs not used: McAdden, Lumeka, Bissaka, Percival.

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