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Summary

  1. Fourth-placed City nine points behind Chelsea
  2. Palace leapfrog Everton in 11th
  3. Murray netted from close range & Puncheon with fine free-kick
  4. Toure curled in from edge of area to reduce deficit
  5. Elsewhere, Malky Mackay sacked as Wigan manager

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

Chelsea are seven points clear

Zaha in the England squad? Manuel Pellegrini under serious pressure? Alan Pardew a messiah?

Who next in charge at Wigan Athletic? Where now for
relegated Blackpool?

Not a bad night of it eh?

As Liverpool's captain said roughly this time last year: "we go again". And we will go again tomorrow morning with Sportsday collating reaction on the BBC Sport website from 08:00 BST.

"We go again." Any point Jose? You cheeky devil you.

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Thanks for all your tweets and texts tonight,

keep abreast of our football page for reaction pieces.

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BBC Radio 5 live

BBC Radio 5 live's Jonathan Overend: "Selhurst Park is almost deserted but I've just seen England manager Roy Hodgson walking by the side of the pitch and Wilfried Zaha coming the other way. They stopped, shook hands and had a fairly long conversation."

Zaha in the next England squad?

Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, talking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I felt we played very well, we dominated the game and played like the way I like this team to play. But we're very disappointed with the score. I don't want to analyse the referee's decision. When you do that you're trying to find excuses for your defeat. In this this case he was not a good referee for us. We have to play seven games more. The way we played today we are going to win more than lose."

The decision Pellegrini references is the run up to the opening goal when Palace players were offside not once but twice.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Manchester City's standing as champions should surely not be sensationalised too much, they are still technically challenging for the title after all.

But this is the first time since 15 September they have fallen out of the top three in the league.

Manchester City form
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Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini talking to BBC Radio 5 live on whether his side can still win the Premier League: "The only thing we can do is win our games. We must try and add the most amount of points we can and see who is first, second, third and fourth."

Player reaction

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Crystal Palace top scorer

Dwight Gayle tweets: Great result and performance by the lads today Glenn Murray is on flames.

Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini talks to Sky Sports: "For today at least I am very happy with the team played but very disappointed with the score. We have lost our last three games away and we were the best up until Christmas. I think I said two or three weeks ago all we can do is try to add the most amount of points we can in our seven games and we will see who is first, second, third and fourth. It will be very tight and normally you only have one or two points in it."

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

David Pleat

BBC Radio 5 live at Selhurst Park

"Whether Manuel Pellegrini stays or goes Mr Mansour is not going to be happy because under financial fair play they have spent a hell of a lot of money on players. I feel Jesus Navas just doesn't do enough for them. City are an ageing side and transfer fees are going to recede."

In 40 club appearances this season, Navas has one goal. He delivered 17 crosses tonight, seven were deemed 'good' by statisticians Opta. He leads the way with deliveries by some margin for City as Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri were second on four each.

Blue times for Sergio

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero had the net rippling at will on times this season and on 17, is still just two goals shy of Diego Costa and Harry Kane in the race for top scorer in the Premier League.

But celebrations have turned to questions for both him and his team mates. They have now lost seven of 14 games since 10 January and he has not scored in 556 minutes.

Sergio Aguero
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Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew tells BBC Radio 5 live: "The game had a slightly warped feel to it. We got to half time and I felt we needed to make sure we capitalised as Manchester City were going to be under pressure for the last 20 minutes. But we managed to get a second goal. We had some really scary moments and we had to dig in and work hard. The character was strong tonight. We are in top-four form."

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Andrew Neill: Alan Pardew to Manchester City?

Jason Utting: The biggest winners tonight are Arsenal, they have the momentum and are the form team in Europe!

Eamonn McGurk: His personality and antics may divide opinion but Alan Pardew is clearly a good manager.

Alan Pardew on Glenn Murray's performance

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Glenn Murray
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"We told him he'd have to win his headers and buy us some fouls against two big centre halves and he did that for us. He was excellent. He should have been in the Premier League years ago but he's had a real tough time with injuries and he's getting the reward now for the qualities he has."

Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Alan Pardew
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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew talking to Sky Sports: "For us, it was a huge night with the champions coming knowing they are under pressure. We didn't see enough of the ball and our wide players were a little ineffective but we were diligent and hard-working and got through with two quality moments.

"We just had to lean on our character tonight but we have some really good pros and that showed. In previous games we've shown more flair and exuberance but today was about the old traits that Tony (Pulis) leant on last year - the resilience and character - and it was just a shame that we didn't have enough offensive moments.

"We gave a good description of what Palace is tonight. We've got three games before we play the big boys again and we could still be involved in some defining moments but we hope to pick up some points before then and keep creeping up the league if we can."

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

David Pleat

BBC Radio 5 live at Selhurst Park

"Is Alan Pardew English by any chance? That's a great credit to the coaching fraternity in this country and often gets overlooked. Palace worked so hard, particularly their front players, who were having to do some dirty work tonight."

Pardew told BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday that he gets frustrated English talent gets overlooked for top jobs. We are about to hear from him again...

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Former Crystal Palace captain Geoff Thomas: Tremendous result for Crystal Palace. Ok they had a bit of luck but that's what you need against the big boys. Sunday now huge for Manchester City at Old Trafford."

Away day blues

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

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Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Gary Lineker

Former England captain

"Seven games to go and Manchester United are above Manchester City. Who could've envisaged that a few months ago? Enthralling game. Wonderfully resilient, disciplined, gutsy performance from Crystal Palace."

Saviour Pardew

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

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Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

David Pleat

BBC Radio 5 live at Selhurst Park

"There is is a great spirit at Crystal Palace. Great credit to them, I thought they fought like demons to defend their goal."

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Former Crystal Palace striker Ian Wright: Super super Al super super Al super super Al super Alan Pardew.

If only possession meant points...

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

James McArthur
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James McArthur played as many passes as any Palace player tonight - 27 - and kept it 82% of the time.

Every City starter except for Edin Dzeko (52%) and Joe Hart (71%) completed 80% ore more of their passes.

In all the champions passed 665 times to 237 by Alan Pardew's side. We are about to hear from Pardew who now has 22 points from 33 since taking charge of the club he once played for.

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Howard Horner: Man City are nowhere near as good as they think they are. Fourth in the table is where they deserve to be.

Mustafa Bux: Manuel Pellegrin should be sacked, effective immediately, tonight.

Kunal Gupta: Man City to miss out on the top four?

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

David Pleat

BBC Radio 5 live at Selhurst Park

"Manchester City worked hard but just couldn't prize out an opening. City are always trying to score the perfect goal and walk the ball into the net. Sometimes you have to score ugly."

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

It is hard to criticise Manchester City tonight. They pushed, probed, shot and got done twice. The first goal offside (twice), the second a superb free-kick.

Crystal Palace v Manchester City
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City had 22 attempts to Palace's five, 13 corners to the home four, yet find themselves looking up the table at three sides after a third straight away league defeat.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Crystal Palace striker

Fraizer Campbell tweets: Great win boys! Definitely should have a better home record than we do especially with our crowd! Delighted.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Robbie Savage

BBC Sport

"Some game at the weekend now, you have got to fancy Manchester United. They're playing very, very well."

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

What do Manchester City fans make of this? They go into the weekend's Manchester derby behind Manchester United in the Premier League table. City are fourth. That seemed unthinkable at Christmas.

FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Joe Hart looks dejected
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As this live text said when it started - Selhurst Park is the graveyard of title hopes.

Joe Hart looks angrier than a kid with no Easter eggs, David Silva looks like he won't smile for a week. Vincent Kompany has taken his shirt off and looks like he might just start a fight with himself. The visiting dressing room will be a glum place.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Samir Nasri can only prod a pass forward into the hands of Speroni. City going out with a whimper here. Where is the fat lady? She is singing and wearing a Chelsea shirt.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Lampard is robbed by Joe Ledley, another huge home roar. Joel Ward hacks clear, this is his 100th Palace appearance and will end with victory will it? They cling on, 60 seconds.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Bacary Sagna gives the ball away but the clearance is nowhere and City will come back for more. Martin Demichelis is 35 yards from goal, into Nasri, to Silva, striped shirts clumped together to deny space. His only option is Clichy wide but Speroni plucks the cross from the air to a huge roar.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Martin Demichelis reacts
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Martin Demichelis is now almost playing as a deep midfielder to start attacks as City commit everything forward, David Silva through the eye of a needle but Speroni slides out before City can get in behind.

We will have four added minutes.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

David Pleat

BBC Radio 5 live at Selhurst Park

"Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Glenn Murray - the three front players who have done all the chasing and racing and shown defensive qualities too - have all run out of pace and been replaced. Palace are sensing a famous victory."

CLOSE!

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Every Crystal Palace player except Sanogo is behind the ball. Space is at a premium to say the least as they sit deep. Here is James Milner trying to forge crossing space, he does but no one can turn in what is a superb ball across goal.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

James Milner on for Fernandinho whose foul led to Palace's second from Jason Puncheon's free-kick. Dwight Gayle is on for Wilfried Zaha.

Did you know Manchester City have used every substitution available in all of their 43 competitive matches this season? Their substitutes have contributed 16 goals and assists this season in the league, more than any other team.

CLOSE!

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Manchester City attack down the left, into Frank Lampard 28 yards out, touch, volley from Samir Nasri deflects wide.

This is intense stuff from the visitors, Palace cannot get out and Yaya Toure fronts up his man, shifts a yard of space and shoots... deflected again... brilliantly tipped over by Speroni.

Yaya Toure
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SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Selhurst Park on its feet for the bulldozing, rhino-like display of Glenn Murray.

He has battered his way to success tonight and departs for Yaya Sanogo.

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Dan Wade: The weekend of wonder strikes continues... what a hit by Yaya!

Jeremiah Kariuki: An absolute cracker from Yaya Toure! The game has just began!

lfcway: So Yaya Toure was on the pitch?

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Paddy from Sheffield: Bournemouth were 2-0 down to Birmingham, then look what happened, nothing is ever predictable in football and I doubt this will end 2-0.

Tim in Marlow: What a turn-up this could be. After de-railing Liverpool's charge last season and helping to hand the title to City, Palace could now be breathing fresh life into Liverpool's Champions League chase at the expense of the Blues!

CLOSE!

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

It took Manchester City 19 attempts to score but that goal could be priceless, though they have little time to stand and admire it.

They have to push on again and try to get Sergio Aguero in behind, brilliant interception by Scott Dann on the slide.

Yaya Toure, to David Silva, to Samir Nasri, 25 yards has a dig... deflects a foot wide.