Two late goals meant that Palace were beaten by runaway league leaders Charlton Athletic in another south London derby.
The Addicks had strung together a 12-game unbeaten run before losing the week before to second-placed Coventry City, meaning they were looking to return to form at the Eagles’ expense, but facing one of his old clubs Paddy McCarthy’s youngsters put in a fine display but undeservedly fell to defeat.
The first half was a competitive affair typical of a derby, and it looked as though the Addicks would take the lead midway through the first 45 when a cross caught the Eagles napping and a Charlton attacker managed to escape from his marker and get a shot away, however Oliver Webber in the Palace goal made a tremendous save as he flung his body across his line and saw the ball strike his leg before bouncing to safety.
That kept the score goalless at the break, and when the game restarted Palace nearly got their noses in front when debutant David Boateng was introduced at half-time, and he played a fine through-ball over the top of the hosts’ defence for top scorer Francis Jno Baptiste to run onto, but the striker was denied by the Addicks keeper as he smothered the ball.
The final pass was lacking from McCarthy’s men, meaning that despite their second half domination they couldn’t find the elusive breakthrough, and with around 15 minutes to play it was Charlton who grabbed it due to a mistake from the unfortunate Webber.
Having played fantastically all game, the Eagles stopper missed a chance to claim a corner, and allowed an opposition player to take advantage of the unguarded goal to steer the ball home and take the lead.
Determined to go down fighting, McCarthy urged his players to press for an equaliser, but with a couple of minutes remaining the lead was doubled when a neat pass allowed an Addick striker to get in behind the backline and slot past Webber to seal the derby day bragging rights.