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Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace

By James McMathBBC Sport
Wilfried Zaha celebrates with Glenn Murray
Wilfried Zaha has scored three goals for Crystal Palace this season
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A goal and an assist from Glenn Murray helped Crystal Palace move 11 points clear of the relegation zone with victory over Stoke City.

Striker Mame Diouf put Stoke ahead with a cool finish after Charlie Adam's deflected free-kick fell into his path.

Murray scored a penalty after goalkeeper Amir Begovic fouled Yannick Bolasie in the Stoke area.

Wilfried Zaha made it 2-1 with a low strike after Murray flicked on a long ball from goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

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Palace were in the bottom three when Alan Pardew took charge in January but their form since he took over has meant the Eagles are now comfortable in mid-table. They have won eight of their 13 matches under the former Newcastle manager in all competitions.

This was their fifth away league victory of the season but a win looked unlikely for most of the first half.

The Eagles looked short on ideas and failed to register a shot on target before their equaliser.

Palace were backed by 2,921 fans after the club provided free travel to the Britannia Stadium but their supporters had little to shout about until Begovic's foul on Bolasie.

Bolasie was already being held back by Ryan Shawcross as he chased a through ball and the winger went down as Begovic mistimed his challenge in the area.

Murray confidently converted the penalty, driving his spot-kick high into the centre of the net for his fourth goal in as many matches.

Mame Diouf celebrates for Stoke
Mame Diouf has scored three goals in his last five Premier League matches

Zaha had struggled to make an impact on the game until stoppage time at the end of the first half, when he took advantage of some poor Stoke defending to score.

Speroni's long ball was flicked on by Murray and Zaha slotted the ball low beyond Begovic.

Palace came close to extending their lead early in the second half when Scott Dann's volley came back off the post after the defender controlled the ball with his chest from a corner.

But after that spell, the visitors were indebted to Speroni for preserving the lead as a succession of devilish deliveries from Charlie Adam kept the pressure on.

Goalkeeper Speroni denied Stephen Ireland when Marko Arnautovic's deflected shot fell to the midfielder 10 yards from goal and produced an instinctive save from Steven N'Zonzi's flick six yards out.

Stoke had claims for a penalty turned down by referee Andre Marriner when Diouf's shot hit Joel Ward's arms as the defender made a desperate block 15 yards out.

Pardew has said he believes 37 points will be enough to seal safety and they are now a point short of that target.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:

"We started brightly but we made two mistakes at the end of the first half.

"We felt that the penalty was harsh on Asmir Begovic. Yannick Bolasie went in high with his boot and that was dangerous play.

Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew praises his team's 'character'

"We got caught out with two straight balls and we've been punished for both of them.

"The best save of the match was from their defender [Joel Ward], who made a smothering save. Why it's a penalty I don't know. That should have been 2-2 and then I would have backed us to win the game."

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew:

"Stoke were terrific so we really had to dig deep.

"Character got us the win today and this is one of the best teams I've managed for that. Incredible character.

"I'm overjoyed for the players because they worked really hard, we had to dig deep.

"To get to 36 points is us done really. With eight games and the way we're playing you'd expect us to be there."

Mame Diouf give Stoke the lead against Crystal Palace
Mame Diouf's goal was his ninth of the season for Stoke
Yannick Bolasie in action against Stoke
No team has recovered more points from losing positions than Crystal Palace's tally of 18 this season
Joel Ward and Erik Pieters
Palace have kept just one clean sheet in nine Premier League matches under Alan Pardew
Palace celebrate Wilfried Zaha's goal
Crystal Palace last had more than 33 points after 29 games of a top flight season in 1991-92 when they were on 40 points at this stage

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1BegovicBooked at 40mins
  • 20Cameron
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12Wilson
  • 3PietersBooked at 45mins
  • 16AdamBooked at 42mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 18Diouf
  • 7Ireland
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 25CrouchSubstituted forWaltersat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bardsley
  • 6Whelan
  • 19Walters
  • 21Sidwell
  • 22Butland
  • 23Teixeira
  • 26Wollscheid

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 40SouaréBooked at 67minsSubstituted forKellyat 70'minutes
  • 18McArthurBooked at 49mins
  • 28Ledley
  • 11ZahaBooked at 33minsSubstituted forGayleat 80'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 42Puncheon
  • 7Bolasie
  • 17MurraySubstituted forAmeobiat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mariappa
  • 4Hangeland
  • 9Sanogo
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Gayle
  • 23Ameobi
  • 34Kelly
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
27,532

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 1, Crystal Palace 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Crystal Palace 2.

  3. Post update

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Shola Ameobi (Crystal Palace).

  5. Post update

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

  10. Post update

    Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace).

  12. Booking

    Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

  16. Post update

    Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Shola Ameobi replaces Glenn Murray.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea28197258233564
2Man City30187562283461
3Arsenal30186658312760
4Man Utd29168550262456
5Liverpool29166743301354
6Southampton30165942212153
7Tottenham3016595045553
8Swansea30127113438-443
9West Ham30119104037342
10Stoke30126123437-342
11Crystal Palace3099123641-536
12Newcastle3098133348-1535
13West Brom3089132739-1233
14Everton29710123641-531
15Hull29610132637-1128
16Aston Villa3077161939-2028
17Sunderland30414122344-2126
18Burnley30510152649-2325
19QPR2964193052-2222
20Leicester2947182748-2119
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