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Selhurst Park (ATT 24,501) 8th February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

C Palace Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion W Brom

C Palace 3

T Ince (15)
J Ledley (27)
M Chamakh (pen 69)

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W Brom 1

Thievy (46)

Premier League: Crystal Palace beat West Brom 3-1 at Selhurst Park

Last Updated: 08/02/14 8:33pm

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Tom Ince: Celebrates after making it 1-0

Tom Ince: Celebrates after making it 1-0

Goals from debutants Tom Ince and Joe Ledley helped Crystal Palace to a hugely important 3-1 Premier League victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Ince opened the scoring after 14 minutes after lobbing the ball delightfully over an onrushing Ben Foster, scoring his first goal since moving from Blackpool on deadline day.

Best of the game

  • Man of the match - On his debut, Thomas Ince caused the West Brom defence numerous issues.
  • Moment of the match - Referee Chris Foy's decision to award Palace a penalty on the 70 minute mark effectively ended the game for the Baggies.
  • Goal of the match - Ince's lob over Ben Foster to open the scoring represented the England U21 international's supreme confidence.
  • Save of the match - Julian Speroni's low save just to deny Scott Sinclair from point-blank range was crucial.
  • Talking point - Will Tony Pulis guide Palace to Premier League safety? West Brom had a glimpse of what new signing Thievy can provide, will he help fire them out of the relegation zone?

Terrible marking from West Brom gave Ledley the opportunity to head home Palace's second from an Ince corner just before the half-hour mark.

Pepe Mel's half-time team talk seemed to have worked wonders, with substitute Thievy netting his first goal for the Baggies inside the first 40 seconds of the second half.

Despite a barrage of West Brom pressure, Palace looked threatening on the counter attack and managed to get a penalty after Marouane Chamakh was upended by Foster, with the Moroccan converting the spot-kick to make it 3-1.

The sides were level on 23 points before kick-off and on the periphery of the Premier League relegation zone.

Palace have struggled for goals lately with only Jason Puncheon finding the net in the league since Boxing Day but they followed up their impressive FA Cup victory at West Brom last month with another success over the Baggies.

The Eagles have now taken 16 points from a possible 21 at Selhurst Park since Pulis replaced Ian Holloway in November as West Brom remain winless under Mel.

The win enhances Pulis' hopes of continuing his record of having never been relegated and of becoming the first manager to keep the Eagles in the Premier League beyond a single campaign.

Kagisho Dikgacoi had an effort cleared off the line by West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu, whose clearance hit Scott Dann but bounced high over the crossbar.

Yannick Bolasie was the next man to come close as he headed Puncheon's cross straight at Foster but the Eagles did not have to wait too long to break the deadlock.

Bolasie broke through and was brought down by Liam Ridgewell. Referee Chris Foy allowed play to continue and Ince beat Foster to the loose ball to score less than 15 minutes into his debut.

Craig Dawson smashed a speculative volley well over the top of Eagles goalkeeper Julian Speroni's bar as the visitors looked to level but it soon got worse for Mel's side.

This time Ince turned provider as his corner was met by Ledley who headed home unchallenged to double the Eagles' lead.

Bifouma was introduced alongside Scott Sinclair for the start of the second half and the striker, on loan from Espanyol, needed just two touches to add his name to the list of debutant goalscorers.

The 21-year-old played the ball out to Victor Anichebe before running onto the return and forcing it past Speroni at his near post to get the Baggies back into the game less than a minute into the second half.

With West Brom pushing further forward in search of an equaliser as the half progressed, the likes of Ince, Bolasie and Chamakh started to find more space to run into.

But, with those extra numbers in attack, Mel's side were also proving more of a threat in and around the Palace box as both James Morrison and Sinclair forced superb saves out of Speroni.

His opposite number Foster was then involved in the game's most controversial moment as he burst from his line and challenged Chamakh, who was clean through on goal.

The former England goalkeeper took the ball but Foy pointed to the spot, before deciding against showing a card to Foster, and Chamakh dusted himself off to convert the penalty and wrap up the win for Palace.

The home fans were given further cause to cheer when striker Glenn Murray returned from the knee injury which had kept him sidelined since last May.

West Brom came close to narrowing the margin as Morrison, Anichebe and Saido Berahino all came close late on but it ended as a 10th defeat of the season for the Baggies, who end the weekend in the bottom three.

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1 Chelsea 33 77
2 Manchester City 34 67
3 Arsenal 33 67
4 Manchester United 34 65
5 Liverpool 33 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 58
7 Southampton 34 57
8 Swansea City 34 50
9 Stoke City 34 47
10 Everton 34 44
11 West Ham United 34 44
12 Crystal Palace 34 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 34 37
14 Newcastle United 34 35
15 Aston Villa 34 32
16 Hull City 33 31
17 Leicester City 33 31
18 Sunderland 33 30
19 Queens Park Rangers 34 27
20 Burnley 34 26

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