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Summary

  1. Stoke: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, van Ginkel, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Krkic.
  2. Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Zaha, Ledley, McArthur, Puncheon, Wickham, Bolasie.

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace

That is a very, very impressive victory by Crystal Palace who march on under Alan Pardew.

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Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace

I feel sorry for Stoke here. But pleased for Palace at the same time (if that makes sense).

Xherdan Shaqiri has a dig from outside the area, but it's blocked by some desperate Palace defending.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes
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'Now Palace are up into fifth!'

Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace

Danny Mills

Former Man City defender, Final Score

"Fabulous finish after a bit of pinball, with the ball bouncing all over the shop. And now Palace are up into fifth!"  

Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace

What a goal. What a goal.

It had to be special to beat Jack Butland. The ball lands at the feet of substitute Lee Chung-yong 30 yards out and the South Korean fires a shot across the keeper and into the top corner. Palace can't believe it. Neither can Stoke.

GOAL - Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace

Lee Chung-yong

GREAT SAVE!

Stoke 1-1 Crystal Palace

Yannick Bolasie to win it for Palace... Jack Butland races off his line... and saves.

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Stoke 1-1 Crystal Palace

That's close. Very close. Xherdan Shaqiri takes aim from 40 yards out and almost sneaks the ball in at the near post. The ball bounced a couple of times before reaching the keeper. Almost.

Stoke 1-1 Crystal Palace

Bojan appears to have an extra spring in his step now - dropping deep to try and get on the ball. Stoke are piling forward, but Palace will fancy themselves on the break.

Stoke 1-1 Crystal Palace

Now it's Palace who are wobbling, like they've been smashed in the jaw by a Mike Tyson uppercut.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
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Stoke 1-1 Crystal Palace

Was it a penalty? Hard to say. Not the answer you wanted, I know. Damien Delaney went up for a header and the ball did strike his arm. The laws say penalty, but I have to wonder if Delaney was a little unfortunate. Either way, we've got a grandstand finish on our hands now.

GOAL - Stoke 1-1 Crystal Palace

Bojan penalty

The perfect penalty - pace and precision from Bojan to the right of a diving Wayne Hennessey. Stoke back in it.

Bojan equalises for Stoke
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PENALTY for Stoke

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Damien Delaney is punished for a handball. Penalty.

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Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

It's beginning to look like it's not going to be Stoke's day. The ball lands at the feet of Bojan eight yards out, but his low shot is straight at the keeper.

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Bojan gets everyone off their feet with a jinking run into the box, but he runs into a Damien Delaney-shaped cul-de-sac.

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

There's some moans and groans from the home fans as Crystal Palace enjoy a sustained period of possession.

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Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

This game is end to end now - this time Stoke almost scoring as Marko Arnuatovic turns Joel Ward inside out on the edge of the box and his shot is deflected just wide.

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Marouane Chamakh drives at the Stoke defence but his shot is disappointing and trickles wide.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Glenn Whelan, who has played every minute of every game this season, is hooked. Jon Walters replaces the Irish midfielder.

PENALTY APPEAL

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

James McArthur's shot from six yards out is blocked by a sprawling Glen Johnson. Palace appeal for handball. Would have been harsh. Not given.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

A blow for Palace as goal-scorer Connor Wickham slowly makes his way from the pitch with injury. He will be replaced by Marouane Chamakh.

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Stoke are playing as though there's only five minutes left, never mind 30 minutes. Palace scramble the ball away twice as the hosts once again look menacing in the final third.

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Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Oohhh... Palace almost make it 2-0, again against the run of play. Yannick Bolasie puts in a teasing ball from the left and James McArthur gets to it at the far post but turns the ball wide after being put off by the imposing presence of Jack Butland.

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Stoke just don't seem to be 100% on it today. They win a free-kick 30 yards out but the chance is wasted when Marko Arnautovic puts the set-piece over the bar. Not even close.

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

With Manchester United losing against Norwich - 2-0, in case you were wondering - it means Palace are currently level on points with LvG's men. Not a bad way to head into Christmas.

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Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

A daisycutter of a shot from Glen Johnson is well saved by Wayne Hennessey. This game has sparked into life now.

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

There's more urgency about Stoke after the break and Ibrahim Afellay chests the ball down on the edge of the box but slices his shot wide under pressure from a Palace defender.

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Yannick Bolasie blazes well over as Crystal Palace begin on the front foot.

KICK-OFF

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Slade's Merry Christmas greets the players for the second half.

Tune.

"Are you hanging up a stocking on your wallIt's the time that every santa has a ballDoes he ride a red-nose reindeer?"  

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Chris Sutton

Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

"Everybody laughed at me when I said Crystal Palace would finish above Spurs this season. 

"But they have played well again today - and without Yohan Cabaye. They are set up well for the counter attack."

Connor Wickham celebrates for Crystal Palace
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'Wickham hit that so hard!'

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Danny Mills

Former Man City defender, Final Score

"I think that was a penalty, a challenge from behind. It was soft but it was a spot-kick. And Wickham hit that so hard - it hit the back of the net and straight back out again!"  

Connor Wickham scores for Crystal Palace
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James Calder: So pleased for Wickham. Yes, it's from a penalty but he's earned it with the past few weeks' performances.

HALF-TIME

Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Palace are a bit fortunate to be going into the break in front. The first thing Jack Butland has had to do all day is pick the ball out of the net. Stoke will question why Glenn Whelan nibbled at Wilfried Zaha's ankles, with the winger running away from goal.

Not that Pardew's boys are complaining. 

GOAL - Stoke 0-1 Crystal Palace

Connor Wickham penalty

Straight down the middle from Connor Wickam. Goal... and Palace in front.

Connor Wickham celebrates his opener for Crystal Palace
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PENALTY to Palace

Stoke 0-0 Palace

Don't go for that pie! Glenn Whelan has just bundled over Wilfried Zaha in the box...

Stoke 0-0 Crystal Palace

Go and grab a half-time pie before the rush. I don't think anything is going to happen here any time soon.

Stoke 0-0 Crystal Palace

The stats tell a tale here - Stoke have had seven attempts on goal to Palace's two. Only one Stoke effort has been on target. None for Palace.

Philipp Wollscheid and Wilfried Zaha
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Stoke 0-0 Crystal Palace

Chance for Stoke as Erik Pieters sees his cross on the left deflected goalwards by Marco van Ginkel and it comes back off the post with the keeper beaten.

Stoke 0-0 Crystal Palace

Jason Puncheon is playing very central this afternoon for Palace, who need a bit more width down the left with Wilfried Zaha stretching Stoke on the other flank.

Stoke 0-0 Crystal Palace
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Stoke 0-0 Crystal Palace

That was almost magical from Marko Arnautovic who held off two men and pinged the ball 40 yards but the Palace keeper gets there before the Stoke forward. A warning for the Eagles though.