The first day of March saw Palace travel to Wearside to take on Sunderland and they looked set to end their 10-game wait for a league victory after Connor Wickham had scored twice against his former side, but Fabio Borini's late equaliser ensured the game finished 2-2
, and the visiting striker summed up his emotions
after the game by saying: "I think, if anything, this one's more sore than West Brom. To concede so late on has hit us hard."
Over in India there was also dramatic late heartache for the Eagles' under-18 side as they were denied a spot in the IFA Shield final
via a penalty shootout, and for the second game in a row a last minute goal cost the first-team dear as Christian Benteke scored a controversial penalty as Liverpool left SE25 with a 2-1 victory
, with Alan Pardew admitting afterwards
: "If you think that touch effects the fall that he has, then you seriously need to be consulted. I'm a football person and that touch doesn't warrant the dive that he makes."
There was a familiar face at the training ground today, brushing up ahead of his turn as a BBC pundit this Friday!https://t.co/rCX73NzsGF
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 9, 2016
However the doom and gloom was lifted five days later when the Eagles beat Reading in the FA Cup quarter-final
to book their place in the final four at Wembley against Watford
. Goals from Yohan Cabaye and Fraizer Campbell sealed a comfortable win over the Royals, with skipper Mile Jedinak summing things up
as: "Their keeper has had a fantastic game, but [for us] it was a result and a job well done and thoroughly deserved."
FULL TIME: Reading 0-2 Palace.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 11, 2016
WE'RE GOING TO WEMBLEY!! pic.twitter.com/8VZ1YTxAbe
Take an extensive look behind the scenes during yesterday's victory at https://t.co/TTogt72Aro now! #CPFChttps://t.co/r2Mw5m454J
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 12, 2016
Away from the field, the Eagles continued to spread their wings overseas and participated in the BPL Live event in Cape Town
, but back on home shores league leaders Leicester City proved to be too strong for those in red and blue as they edged a 1-0 win
thanks to Riyad Mahrez's goal.
Find out more about #CPFC's five-a-side competition in Cape Town for #BPLLIVE.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 20, 2016
Full video ➡ https://t.co/TTogt72Arohttps://t.co/s9EbgksrAw
Another international break then took place and it saw Mile Jedinak equal the club's all-time cap record as he played for Australia for the 33rd time since joining Palace in 2011, putting him level with Aki Riihilahti, and away from club Sullay Kaikai was impressing at Shrewsbury Town
as he scored five times in four games to help edge them away from the League One relegation zone.
STAT: Mile Jedinak has today equalled @akiriihilahti's record of 36 international caps whilst playing for #CPFC. 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/k5FZhcgpkZ
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 24, 2016