Two goals in five minutes from Noor Husin and Randell Williams helped Palace win a hard-fought point against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday afternoon.
Having enjoyed good starts to the campaign, two of the division’s in-form sides took to the field in Yorkshire and facing the Eagles was former development midfielder Reise Allassani, however his afternoon only lasted a couple of minutes after he was stretched off in the opening stages.
The first opportunity went to the Owls as former Feyenoord and Celtic man Glenn Loovens headed a Matt Penney corner wide on 18 minutes, and the majority of the chances during the first half would fall the hosts’ way, with Sean Clare blazing over the crossbar after being set up by Modou Sougou before Penney did the same, and the ball was then sent sailing over Kleton Perntreou’s crossbar once again by Clare as the hosts probed for an opener.
Wednesday were fractions away from getting it just after the break as striker Devante Rodney thumped the ball against the post, but the hosts’ pressure told on 64 minutes when they won a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Penney stepped up to curl it right into the top corner to open the scoring in fine fashion.
Two minutes later the woodwork was rattled again as this time Sougou hit the upright from 12 yards out, but despite being on the back foot for the majority of the game Palace were still in contention, and on 78 minutes they equalised when Husin stepped up to bend a free-kick of his own into the net and register his first strike of the season.
That would prove to be the first of three goals in the space of as many minutes as the Owls raced down the other end and substitute Jack Stobbs picked out Rodney who finished off the move, but rather than letting their heads drop the Eagles managed to find an immediate reply when Williams poked the ball between goalkeeper Jake Kean’s legs and make it 2-2.
Richard Shaw’s men would have to see out a late goalmouth scramble in the dying embers when Loovens managed to send the ball over the top, but they clung on to claim a hard-earned point.
Palace: Perntreou, Wynter, Woods (King-Elliott 62), Phillips (Coker 68), Akiotu, Husin, Dreher, Williams, Kirby (Berkeley-Agyepong 60), Wan-Bissaka, Andrews. Subs not used: McAdden, Lumeka.