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U23 Report: Crystal Palace 1-3 Coventry City

25 October 2016

It was a disappointing outcome for Palace at Champion Hill as they fell 3-1 to an energetic Coventry City side in red hot form.

Despite the eventual scoreline it was a slow start to proceedings at Champion Hill, with neither side looking the more likely to take the lead. Both had spells with the ball, but there were no clear cut chances to speak of.

Coventry's Jordan Shipley saw a low, speculative go wide of Kleton Perntreou's goal early on, but after that there was little attacking threat from the Eagles or the visitors for the next 20 minutes.

The first real chance of the afternoon fell to Palace winger Andre Coker, who skipped between two defenders with ease before breaking through on Reice Charles-Cook's goal, but unfortunately sliced his low drive well wide at the vital moment.

The deadlock was eventually broken on 34 minutes when Coventry;s Jack McBean pounced on a loose ball in the Palace box and thrashed it high into the net leaving Perntreou with no chance of reaching it.

Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong attempted to reply immediately, firing wide of the top corner from 30 yards, before Coventry doubled their advantage. A ball into feet found George Thomas with his back to goal inside the Eagles box, but a quick turn and side-foot saw him place the ball out of Perntreou's reach and into the bottom corner on 39 minutes.

Two Palace changes at the break looked likely to add energy up top, with Levi Lumeka and Randell Williams coming in for the second period. However, Coventry struck first after the restart through captain Devon Kelly-Evans. The number seven cut onto his left foot and smashed an effort into the top corner, across the face of Perntreou's goal.

After Coventry's quick start to the second half the game slowed considerably, with neither side really seeing a chance for the game's fourth goal come their way. 

It was Palace who got the next, when Levi Lumeka sprung into action and seized on a loose back pass, rounded the goalkeeper and had a go. His initial shot was stopped on the line, but he reacted first to bundle home and give the Eagles a chance to fight back.

Unfortunately Lumeka's effort was not enough to spark a fightback and it finished 3-1 to the visitors.

Palace: Perntreou; Wynter, Woods, Akiotu, Sturgess; McGregor, Husin; Coker (Lumeka, 46), Berkeley-Agyepong (Williams, 46), Wan-Bissaka (Flanagan, 83); Andrews.

Subs: Granger, King-Elliott, Williams, Flanagan, Lumeka.

Coventry: Charles-Cook, Dion Kelly-Evans, Mayock, Harries, Finch, Thomas (Spence, 73), Devon Kelly-Evans, Jones (Sayoud, 81), Shipley, Leahy, McBean.

Subs: Whitmore, Addai, Sayoud, Ponticelli, Spence.

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