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Summary

  1. Crystal Palace have lost their last six matches
  2. Newspaper reports suggest Palace boss Alan Pardew will be sacked if his side lose
  3. Inconsistent Southampton are 10th in the division

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton

And it is all over. Crystal Palace get a much, much needed victory in a pretty uninspiring game at Selhurst Park.

They were gifted an early lead when Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster sliced a clearance and Christian Benteke tapped in.

James Tomkins added a second from close range shortly after and Southampton conceded a third late on with Benteke converting from Jason Puncheon's pull-back.

Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton

We are into injury-time. Palace heading towards their first win in eight games after a run that included six successive defeats.

'Palace have looked much better today'

Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

Palace needed this, big-time. They needed a creditable home performance and a clean sheet. Going forward they've looked much better today. 

Many people speculated that if he'd lost this game today Alan Pardew would be out of a job. It doesn't look like it now.

GOAL - Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton

Christian Benteke

And that is the game. From the corner, Southampton fail to clear after Jason Puncheon's cross.

James McArthur's shot rebounds kindly to Puncheon, who pulls the ball back from the deadball line and Christian Benteke, unmarked in the middle of the goal, gets his second tap-in of the afternoon.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is shown giving a thumbs-up symbol to Palace chairman Steve Parish, who responds in a similar fashion. This will certainly ease the pressure on the Eagles boss.

Christian Benteke celebrates
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Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Bakary Sako, who has just come on for Andros Townsend, gets to the byline in a rare Palace attack after a sustained spell of Southampton pressure.

Sako's cross is deflected behind. Corner to the hosts.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

A bright spell for Southampton as they win their ninth corner of the game. Late pressure from the visitors.

But the corner comes to nothing. Palace defending deep and in numbers. Southampton are being frustrated at the moment.

HITS THE WOODWORK - Southampton

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

From the corner it is all happening. Southampton's Virgil van Dijk gets his head to the ball, but despite not looking like he knew where the header was going, watches as the ball loops up on to the top of the crossbar.

Palace then fail to clear and it falls to Jose Fonte, six yards out, in the middle of the goal, but he sends a volley off target. Glorious chance.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

An instant chance for substitute Shane Long. He meets a Cedric Soares cross and Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has to shovel the ball wide for a corner.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Double swap for the Saints. Shane Long and Sam McQueen on, the ineffective Charlie Austin as well as Sofiane Boufal the men going off.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

If Andros Townsend wants to impress Gareth Southgate then he has to do a lot better than that.

Townsend cuts in from the left wing, but shoots well, well over with his right foot from 25 yards.

We have not been blessed with great skill today but a couple of errors from Southampton were punished and that remains the difference.

Andros Townsend
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Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

A needless booking for Crystal Palace goalscorer Christian Benteke. Virgil van Dijk runs past him, Benteke pulls him back and is booked.

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Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Tom Worsley: If Palace win they'll be 14th, despite seemingly not having recorded a top a flight win since 1995.

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CLOSE!

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

He has not been on for long but Josh Sims comes close for the visitors. He is released by Sofiane Boufal, Sims drags the ball on to his left foot and fires at goal, but it goes narrowly over the bar.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

A sea of red and blue shirts in their own area deny Southampton. James Ward-Prowse has a shot blocked after a scramble, the visitors unsuccessfully appeal for a handball, the ball drops to Cedric Soares and he lashes the ball over the top.

Palace conceded 17 goals in their last five games but have looked solid in the back today, with Scott Dann, Damien Delaney and James Tomkins deserving some praise.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Teenager Josh Sims, 19, who impressed on his debut in the Saints' 1-0 win over Everton last weekend, is on as Claude Puel looks to change things around. Pierre Hojbjerg is the man who jogs off.

Claude Puel
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YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Charlie Austin is booked for a foul on Joe Ledley. The Saints striker has got six goals in the Premier League this season, but has been quiet today.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Risky defending from Crystal Palace's Scott Dann as he looks to have given Jose Fonte a shove in his own penalty area as the Saints centre-half rose for a header.

Referee Neil Swarbrick was not interested and it looked like Dann has got away with that a bit.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

An early chance for Crystal Palace in the beginning of the second half. A step-over from Andros Townsend fools the away defence and he sets up Joel Ward, who could only send a tame effort straight at Fraser Forster.

At the other end, Sofiane Boufal goes for a spectacular volley and instantly wishes he hadn't as the ball goes high, wide, and not very handsome.

Sofiane Boufal
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Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

And we are back under way.

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Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Aidan Mifsud: Southampton need to do the Man United kit change at halftime. Colour as awful as their performance.

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Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

The first-half stats. Three shots on target, two goals.

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Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

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HALF-TIME

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew needed some luck and they have got a 2-0 lead after a pretty poor first half at Selhurst Park.

A huge error from Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster, in front of the watching England manager Gareth Southgate, gifted Christian Benteke a tap-in, before James Tomkins was left unmarked at a corner to double the lead three minutes later.

Southampton have it all to do in the second half. It has not been a classic, by any stretch of the imagination, but Palace and Pardew will not care. They lead at the break.

Tomkins
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Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Nearly a goal back for the visitors just before the break. A cross is flicked on and Pierre Hojberg lashes at goal with a well-struck left-footed volley, which goes narrowly wide.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Nathan Redmond has the ball in the corner of the penalty area, but, with a number of Palace defenders in front of him, can only shoot wastefully at goal. It looked too tight an angle, and it was, with the ball drifting well wide.

'We should have known Palace would do well!'

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Alex Scott

Arsenal Ladies & England right-back on Final Score

Alan Pardew has, throughout his entire managerial career, never lost seven games in a row. He'd lost six before today... we should have known Palace would do well!

Alan Pardew
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Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Southampton's first shot on target comes in the 41st minute and it is easily dealt with by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Sofiane Boufal, arguably Saints' best player so far, twists and turns on the edge of the area and curls a shot at goal, but Hennessey is behind it and comfortably catches it.

'Grim for the goalie'

Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

Talking about the first of two goals Southampton conceded in a three-minute spell...

Forster will be asked about this error even years after he's retired! He swung to clear it but it just hit Benteke - grim for the goalie.

Christian Benteke celebrates
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GOAL - Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

James Tomkins

Awful defending from Southampton. The goalkeeper has just gifted them the first, and the Saints defence has just gifted Palace a second.

A left-wing corner is neatly flicked on by Joe Ledley at the near post and James Tomkins is unmarked to prod the ball into the net from three yards out.

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GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

Christian Benteke

A nightmare for Fraser Forster. An absolute nightmare. And in front of the England manager as well.

A soft backpass from Jose Fonte is heading towards Forster, the ball takes a little bobble and Forster produces an embarrassing air-kick, which gifts Christian Benteke an open goal from three yards out. He does not miss and Palace lead.

Benteke scores
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Crystal Palace celebrates
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Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

Nathan Redmond tries to collect the ball on the edge of the Crystal Palace area, but is crowded out by a number of home defenders.

Not many will have caught the eye of the England boss so far.

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

We're getting closer. A lovely move from the hosts releases Wilfried Zaha who crosses from the right-wing deadball line. 

The whipped delivery finds Christian Benteke and the Belgian striker has got ahead of his marker and powers a header at goal, but it goes just wide of Fraser Forster's post. That is the best football we have seen from either side so far.

Wilfried Zaha
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Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

We nearly had a shot on target. After Crystal Palace failed to clear the ball, it fell to Saints left-back Ryan Bertrand, whose effort takes a huge deflection off James McArthur. Luckily for the home fans, the ball only hits the side netting.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

Twenty minutes in. Not much happening.

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

A little bit of skill from Southampton's Sofiane Boufal who produces a fancy drag-back to create space for a shot, but the ball hits a diving Scott Dann.

Neither goalkeeper has been tested so far. However, it was still 0-0 at this stage last week in the Eagles' game, which ended Swansea 5, Crystal Palace 4 so don't give up hope just yet.

Sofiane Boufal
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Southgate at Selhurst

Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

New full-time England manager Gareth Southgate, a man who is no stranger to Selhurst Park after playing more than 150 times for the Eagles, is at the game.

So who is he watching? Southampton striker Charlie Austin has scored six times in 12 Premier League games, and will James Ward-Prowse ever move up from the Under-21s to the full side? Elsewhere, Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Redmond, Fraser Forster, Scott Dann, Andros Townsend and Jason Puncheon will be keen to impress.

Wilfried Zaha has played twice for England, but is fed up waiting for another chance and has announced his intention to play for Ivory Coast in the future.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

Not much to get excited about so far in terms of goalscoring opportunities at either end, although the early signs are this one could be a bit feisty. The Southampton players are pressing as soon as a Palace man gets the ball.

It is a bit frantic, but not much class so far.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

This was the scene before kick-off for the minute's silence.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

Whatever Palace can do, Southampton can follow. And this time it is Saints midfielder James Ward-Prowse to waste a promising position, as he overcooks a cross, which sails harmlessly out of play.