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Selhurst Park (ATT 25,166) 29th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Premier League: Crystal Palace shock Chelsea with 1-0 win at Selhurst Park

Last Updated: 29/03/14 6:39pm

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Crystal Palace put a huge dent in Chelsea's title hopes and gave their own chances of Premier League survival a major boost with an impressive 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park.

The crucial breakthrough arrived in the 52nd minute when Joel Ward delivered an excellent cross from the left and John Terry headed the ball into his own net under pressure from Joe Ledley.

Best of the match

  • Man of the match: Cameron Jerome for his tireless work up top, holding the ball up and creating a couple of chances for his side. Desperately unlucky not to score.
  • Moment of the match: Julian Speroni denying what looked a certain goal as Eden Hazard got a lucky bounce to get beyond the defence in the area.
  • Attempt of the match: Cameron Jerome beating Petr Cech at the near post, and unlucky to hit the woodwork after a terrific counter attack.
  • Save of the match: Julian Speroni making a brilliant save to deny Eden Hazard's curling effort after the ball fell to the Belgian beyond the defence in the box.
  • Talking point: Were Crystal Palace denied a clear penalty as Yannick Bolasie just appeared to shield the ball in the box as Gary Cahill came sliding in from behind?

There had already been a couple of strong penalty appeals for Palace in the first half and Tony Pulis' side created a host of chances in an open and exciting game, with Cameron Jerome striking the post.

Chelsea had their moments but Julian Speroni was in great form to twice deny Eden Hazard with fabulous saves, as Palace clung on for a deserved win.

It was Chelsea who had the first clear chance of the afternoon when Cesar Azpilicueta made an overlapping run and drilled a low cross into the six-yard box, but a fine Ward interception saw Andre Schurrle beaten to the ball.

Chelsea struggled to unlock the Palace defence and repeatedly looked to Fernando Torres early, only for the hosts to crowd out the striker.

Yannick Bolasie dragged a shot wide before missing a glorious opportunity after neat interplay on the right by Adrian Mariappa and Jason Puncheon.

Palace had two legitimate penalty claims in quick succession denied by referee Lee Mason.

Mariappa pulled the ball back towards Jerome, who was challenged from behind by Gary Cahill, who then showed an injection of pace to deny Bolasie a shooting chance, taking man and ball in another challenge which saw Palace pleading for a spot-kick.

The Palace onslaught continued as Terry brought down Ledley cynically, while also handling the ball, to concede a free-kick and receive a yellow card, but Mile Jedinak's shot was comfortably saved by Petr Cech.

Chelsea, in need of invention, replaced David Luiz with Oscar at half-time, but it was Palace who resumed on the attack and, after Jerome was unable to direct a header from a Bolasie cross on goal, the hosts scored.

The overlapping Ward crossed from the Palace left and Terry climbed above Ledley, only to head into his own net.

Hazard tried to spark Chelsea, as he has so often this season, and made space to shoot from the edge of the area through a crowd of bodies, but Speroni turned the effort around the post.

Mohamed Salah replaced Frank Lampard as Jose Mourinho sought a further injection of creativity, but it was Palace who went close again, Puncheon firing narrowly wide across goal after Jerome's direct run.

Terry, whose lack of pace was being tested on the counter-attack, headed an Oscar free-kick over at the other end.

Mourinho turned to Demba Ba for the final 20 minutes as Chelsea laid siege on the hosts' goal.

Hazard found himself through one-on-one, but Speroni pulled off a miraculous save to deny the Belgium forward.

Chelsea's forward focus left the defence further exposed and Palace's pace again troubled the visitors, with Jerome going through to beat Cech with a shot which hit the post.

Ledley shot wide and Puncheon had an effort saved by Cech, who then had to tip substitute Stuart O'Keefe's drive over.

A poor O'Keefe back-pass presented Torres with an opportunity, but the striker could only lob the ball over as Chelsea slipped to a fifth loss of the season and Pulis danced down the touchline in celebration of a potentially crucial victory.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 17 42
2 Manchester City 17 39
3 Manchester United 17 32
4 West Ham United 17 31
5 Southampton 17 29
6 Arsenal 17 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 17 27
8 Swansea City 17 25
9 Newcastle United 17 23
10 Liverpool 17 22
11 Everton 17 21
12 Aston Villa 17 20
13 Stoke City 17 19
14 Sunderland 17 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 17 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 17 17
17 Crystal Palace 17 15
18 Burnley 17 15
19 Hull City 17 13
20 Leicester City 17 10

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