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  2. Middlesbrough (16th) three points above Crystal Palace (19th)

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

A priceless victory for Sam Allardyce, just his second since taking charge of Crystal Palace.

January signing Patrick van Aanholt with the winner in the first half as the Eagles move out of the relegation zone.

Middlesbrough in deep trouble.

Thanks for joining me.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Have Middlesbrough got anything left in the tank.

Into the last minute of added time...

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Is this the second for Palace?

Not quite.

Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend exchange passes, but the England winger's right-footed shot is into the stand behind the goal.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Wild from Adlene Guedioura as he strikes horribly wide.

Actually, it is so bad it goes out for a throw in.

FIVE minutes of added time.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Palace boss Sam Allardyce is on the touchline urging his troops to get back.

The Eagles look like holding on here.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Patrick van Aanholt cannot continue and hobbles off, so Jeffrey Schlupp comes on.

Wilfried Zaha also exits and defender Scott Dann enters to shore things up at the back.

Patrick van Aanholt
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Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Goalscorer Patrick van Aanholt is down at the moment and receiving treatment on a foot injury.

He gets some sticks from the travelling supporters, so holds up a '1-0' sign with his fingers.

Best to stay clear of that, Patrick lad.

He is back up now through. Five to play.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Palace full-back Joel Ward goes into the book for a rash challenge on the halfway line.

All hands to the pump now for the hosts. Can they hang on?

PENALTY APPEAL

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Another penalty appeal as Wilfried Zaha goes down in the box under a Stewart Downing challenge, but referee Robert Madley is unmoved.

It could have been given, was clumsy from Downing.

Boss Sam Allardyce throws his arms in the air, he can't believe it.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Boro's last change.

Cristhian Stuani off and on comes Adama Traore.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Shocking decision from referee Robert Madley.

Boro winger Stewart Downing dawdles on the ball inside his own box and James McArthur picnhes it off him.

In trying to retrieve the situation, Downing sticks his foot out, treads on McArthur's foot and brings the Palace midfielder down.

The referee's whistle goes...FOR A DIVE!

McArthur is booked. Unbelievable. Madley deserves demoting for that.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

The battle of the ex-Manchester United players and Wilfried Zaha comes out on top.

He nicks the ball away from Fabio, who lunges in and sends Zaha to the deck.

Yellow card for the Brazilian.

Fabio
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Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Palace threaten with some neat approach play, but sub Adlene Guedioura's low shot dribbles into the hands of Wayne Hennessey.

That is easy even for a goalkeeper like Hennessey.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Boro boss Aitor Karanka looks like a man lost on that touchline.

He needs to gee up himself and his players in the final 20 minutes of this match.

Aitor Karanka
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Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Not for the first time, Palace striker Christian Benteke finds space and wriggles into the box, but his left-footed drive is blocked by a Boro defender.

PENALTY APPEAL

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Cristhian Stuani goes apoplectic after his strike from close range comes off the arm of Palace defender James Tomkins inside the box.

There was no intent and his arm was tucked into his body, so correct decision from the referee.

Stuani cannot believe it though.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Ben Gibson gets forward and his deflected shot from 30 yards out is straight into the hands of Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

That could have gone horribly wrong for Palace.

Their day?

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Seconds after coming on, James McArthur nearly doubles Crystal Palace's lead.

Wilfried Zaha is the architect once more, running the Boro backline ragged with his pace and trickery.

He then has the composure to slip the ball through to McArthur and as he tries to get a shot away, he is edged out by the scrambling Ben Gibson.

Brilliant defending by the skipper.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Sam Allardyce responds.

He sends on James McArthur for Yohan Cabaye, who was booked in the first half.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Another change for Boro.

Adam Forshaw comes off, former Palace man Adlene Guedioura enters the action.

Adlene Guedioura
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Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Thinking about my man-of-the-match for today.

It is going to be a close call between Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho.

Zaha tries to work a one-two with Christian Benteke in the Boro penalty area, but the striker's pass is too heavy and the chance is lost.

CLOSE!

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Boro should be level.

Goalscoring has been their problem and it has come back to sting them once again.

Uruguayan Cristhian Stuani is quickest to react to a knockdown in the area, but this angled shot is straight at Wayne Hennessey.

Either side of the Welshman and Boro would be celebrating.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has seen plenty of the ball today and collects it in a promising position deep in the Boro half, but rockets a shot over the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Not getting any closer, to be fair.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Tame.

Gaston Ramirez lines it up and although his free-kick is accurate, it lacks significant pace and Wayne Hennessey can take two steps to his right to claim the ball.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Now Boro have a free-kick on the edge of the area after goalscorer Patrick van Aanholt mis-times his sliding challenge and brings down Adam Forshaw.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Considering he has not played all season, Mamadou Sakho has had an assured game at the back for Palace so far.

His signing could be the difference in staying up or going down at the end of the season.

Mamadou Sakho
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Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Midfielder Adam Forshaw does not score many and you can see why.

The Boro man finds space around 30 yards out, but shanks his effort badly wide of goal.

"Waheyyy," scream the Palace supporters.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Lovely play from Wilfried Zaha immediately after the restart, nutmegging a Boro defender, but the cross into the box is cleared by Stewart Downing.

KICK-OFF

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Back under way at Selhurst Park.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Aitor Karanka twists at half time and throws Rudy Gestede on in place of Alvaro Negredo.

Can he make the difference?

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

You can see how far the Boro defenders were entrenched in their own half in the first 45 minutes.

Having not won in their previous eight Premier League games, the showing so far suggests that will extend to nine.

Heatmap
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Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Possession-wise, it has been very even but that does not show the story of the match.

Palace have had nine shots to Middlesbrough's two, while they also lead on the scoreboard.

Half time possession
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HALF-TIME

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

There goes the half-time whistle.

Sam Allardyce will go into the changing rooms the happier manager.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

You won't believe it but Jason Puncheon has just had another shot which narrowly misses that very hospitality box he just hit a minute before.

The need to extend the goal at that end of the pitch...by about 50 feet.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Most touches from any player on the pitch so far? Palace full-back Joel Ward with 38. His cross to the back edge of the box is at a lovely height for Jason Puncheon, but the winger's volley is ugly and ends up in a hospitality box.

A man in there catches the ball and then gives it to a little lad there, who is not interested in taking it, so the man then sheepishly throws it back to Victor Valdes.

Cringe.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Palace Christian Benteke has been a nightmare for the Boro defenders in the air today.

He has now had three efforts with his head, but failed to hit the target on two occasion. The other time it was an easy say for Victor Valdes.

At the opposite end, 'The Beast' Alvaro Negredo gets up the ball too much and strikes a shot over the crossbar.

Alvaro Negredo
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CLOSE!

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Palace are looking to put this game to bed before half time and nearly get a quick-fire second, but Jason Puncheon's thumping drive is straight at Victor Valdes, who bats the ball away.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

That is why you pay £14m to sign a left-back.

Sam Allardyce knows.

Patrick van Aanholt
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Sam Allardyce
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GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Patrick van Aanholt

It has been an even affair, but it is Palace who take the lead.

Middlesbrough fail to clear the ball after Yohan Cabaye's shot and are punished.

It falls onto the edge of the box for big money signing Patrick van Aanholt and the full-back takes the ball on his right foot and curls a lovely strike into the bottom corner.

Palace fans rejoice.

Patrick van Aanholt
Reuters

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 0-0 Middlesbrough

This time there is a card and it goes to Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

The Frenchman cuts across Cristhian Stuani, who was breaking clear from the halfway line.

Cabaye says it was accidental but Robert Madley does not care and brandishes the yellow from his pocket.

Yohan Cabaye
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