Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Crystal Palace 2.
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace
Brilliant second-half strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend earned Crystal Palace victory at West Brom which saw them move out of the Premier League bottom three.
Zaha's 55th-minute goal was only the second effort on target in the match, but it was worth savouring.
Yohan Cabaye played a sublime cross-field pass for his team-mate on the left of the area. The former Manchester United player chested down the ball and then struck a low, angled effort past keeper Ben Foster.
But better was to come six minutes from time.
Townsend picked up the ball from the left of his own area and ran to the opposition box, before shifting past marker Gareth McAuley in the area and striking a low drive past Foster.
He looked exhausted after the lung-busting late run, but it assured Palace of a very important three points in their fight to stay up.
Zaha effort brings match to life
There were only five shots on target during this largely uneventful spectacle at The Hawthorns. The closest either team came to scoring in the opening 45 minutes was when Christian Benteke's header was cleared off the line by Chris Brunt.
It needed something special to break the deadlock - step forward Zaha.
He had drifted in and out of the game, with his best contribution up until the goal coming from a teasing cross that McAuley did well to clear.
Then came the goal. Cabaye found Zaha with a pass any quarter-back would be proud of. The Palace winger controlled the ball, first time, before drilling into the far corner.
That strike would have been a worthy winner, but it was trumped by Townsend's effort.
The winger, who moments earlier had a shot blocked by Foster, ran the full length of the pitch before applying a firm finish, which went in from a slight deflection off Jonny Evans.
One to forget for West Brom
Tony Pulis' side were expected to come away from the match with their fourth league win in six, but neither striker Salomon Rondon nor his fellow attackers produced much to set the home fans' pulses racing.
Venezuelan Rondon twice got into goalscoring positions early in the first half, but was prevented from having an effort on target by the alert Mamadou Sakho.
Other than those two moments, the only other incident that brought cheer from the home fans was when referee Mike Jones was accidentally sent to the turf by West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore.
Man of the match - Andros Townsend
'New players have made a difference' - what they said
Palace boss Sam Allardyce: "This is a much bigger win than last weekend against Middlesbrough because to put back-to-back wins together here against West Brom at the Hawthorns is a big statement.
"It gives the players the confidence to push on and get out of the position we're in. It was a quality performance and we deserved the three points.
"In terms of catching up on games and points, back-to-back wins make such a big difference. We're working in that bottom-seven league and trying to win that.
"We did the basics so well and the quality of both goals topped it. West Brom barely had a shot on goal.
"I said the new players would make a difference and they have done that."
West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "No excuses today. We weren't at it right from the start. Congratulations to Palace.
"I'm not going to criticise the players because they have been fantastic this year. We've had an off day and I hope that is all it is.
"Why was it an off day? If I knew I'd be a genius. We've worked hard and trained hard this week. We were tepid right from the very beginning.
On whether his side are guilty of switching off mentally after reaching the 40-point mark: "Complacency is the most annoying word in the dictionary. It is human nature to switch off a little bit sometimes. People are people - sometimes they have good days, sometimes they have bad days."
A first for Palace in 44 years
- Palace have won successive Premier League games for the first time since September.
- The Eagles have picked up as many points in their last three league away games as they had done in their previous nine (six points).
- West Brom have lost their first ever Premier League game against Palace at the Hawthorns after two wins and two draws in their previous four.
- Palace's first win at West Brom in the top-flight since a 4-0 win in February 1973.
- Zaha has been directly involved in more goals this season than his last three Premier League seasons combined (five goals; six assists).
- Yohan Cabaye has bagged assists in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2012. Before this run he failed to record an assist in 47 Premier League games.
West Brom are at Everton next Saturday and Palace have a two-week break before they are at home to Watford on Saturday, 18 March.
- 2NyomSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 71'minutes
- 24FletcherSubstituted forLekoat 81'minutes
- 22ChadliSubstituted forMcCleanat 63'minutes
- 3van AanholtSubstituted forSchluppat 62'minutes
- 7CabayeSubstituted forDannat 74'minutes
- 11ZahaSubstituted forMcArthurat 86'minutes
- 17BentekeBooked at 45mins
- Mike Jones
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Crystal Palace 2.
Attempt blocked. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jason Puncheon.
Attempt missed. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt.
Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).
Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).
Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McArthur replaces Wilfried Zaha.
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Crystal Palace 2. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jonathan Leko replaces Darren Fletcher.
Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James McClean.
Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a through ball.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion).
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Scott Dann replaces Yohan Cabaye.
Foul by James Tomkins (Crystal Palace).
Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Nyom.
Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).
James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by James McClean.
Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean replaces Nacer Chadli.
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Patrick van Aanholt because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Craig Dawson.
Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Brunt.
Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).