The under-23s were held to their first draw of the season in a stalemate at Birmingham City on Tuesday afternoon.
Having dismantled Barnsley 4-0 in their previous game, the Eagles couldn’t quite find a way onto the scoresheet in the second city, and the hosts had the majority of the chances in the first half with Dion-Curtis Henry saving from Tommy Anderson and Kyle McFarlane, while later in the half last week’s hat-trick hero Kian Flanagan shot just wide after sending a free-kick into the wall.
Another good opportunity came Richard Shaw’s team’s way after the restart when TQ Addy forced a spectacular save from Blues keeper Jake Weaver via another dead ball, and just after the hour mark Henry denied McFarlane again when he tried to round the shot-stopper.
Having got on the scoresheet against the Tykes, Lewis Bryon almost netted in successive games with a drive from the edge of the box that was again well dealt with by Weaver who tipped the ball over his crossbar, but Palace would have been pleased to return to south London with a point after they held off a late onslaught of chances in the final stages, with substitutes Odin Bailey and Caolan Boyd-Munce shooting just wide of the target.
Palace: Henry, D. Boateng, Tavares, Woods, Chamberlin-Gayle, Bryon, McGregor, Robertson (Keutcha 65), Flanagan, Addy, Daly (Street 77). Subs not used: Tupper, Onoabhagbe, M. Boateng.