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Molineux Stadium (ATT 19,561) 2nd October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Salisbury

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Crystal Palace C Palace

Wolves 1

S Ebanks-Blake (53)

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C Palace 2

W Zaha (67, 73)

Zaha gives Eagles win at Wolves

Last Updated: 02/10/12 10:28pm

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Zaha: Celebrates at Molineux

Zaha: Celebrates at Molineux

Wilfried Zaha's brace helped Crystal Palace come from behind to beat Wolves 2-1 and end the hosts' four-match winning run in the Championship.

The winger was in inspired form at Molineux on Tuesday night and could count himself unlucky not to have been awarded a first-half penalty when controversially charged from behind by Bakary Sako.

Palace were the cause of their own downfall shortly after the break as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake capitalised on a horrible defensive mistake from the hesitant Damien Delaney to convert, with Kevin Doyle then firing against the crossbar when presented with a chance to make it 2-0.

But, in a closely-fought contest between two of the division's in-form sides, Zaha's dazzling run created a 67th-minute opening to level matters - his first goal of the season.

And if the England Under-21 international's first was impressive then his second goal was spectacular, turning with his back to goal 20 yards out and firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

It was enough to secure a fifth win in six unbeaten matches for Dougie Freedman's side, who also took Wanderers' unbeaten home record.

Palace were dealt a blow with the omission of influential midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi, due to a suspected injury, while Wolves lost the services of Razak Boukari at the weekend for at least three weeks due to a calf injury.

The home side's patient passing and neat approach play under boss Stale Solbakken was serving them well although neither keeper was called into action during the opening quarter.

Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie looked certain to test Carl Ikeme when he connected with Zaha's low cross but the goalbound effort was well blocked by Kevin Foley.

Bolasie and Zaha were looking particularly lively for the visitors on either flank while Sako was Wolves' inspiration, and it was from his 31st-minute cross that Julian Speroni brought off a superb save to keep out Ebanks-Blake's header.

Sako was again causing problems on the left and his cross-shot had to be parried behind by Speroni.

Joel Ward came to Palace's rescue in the 39th minute when his superb sliding tackle denied Doyle a clear shot at goal.

The first-half's contentious moment then came shortly before half-time as the away side were denied what appeared to be a blatant penalty when Sako make a clumsy challenge on Zaha.

And the decision proved even more crucial eight minutes after the restart when Delaney's hesitancy on the edge of the area was punished by Ebanks-Blake and the Wolves number nine drilled low past Speroni.

Doyle almost made it 2-0 soon after when his shot crashed back off the crossbar after Sako's initial effort had been saved.

Yet Palace drew level in the 67th minute courtesy of Zaha's mazy run in the area and angled finish.

And the wide man - linked with a couple of leading Barclays Premier League clubs over the summer - turned matters around just six minutes later when he turned Stephen Ward on the edge of the area and fired home.

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2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6