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Summary

  1. Bolasie header from a cross
  2. Palace penalty after foul on Zaha
  3. Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey, Kelly, Hangeland, Dann, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Bolasie, Puncheon, Zaha, Gayle.
  4. West Brom XI: Myhill, McAuley, Evans, Dawson, Brunt, Morrison, Yacob, Fletcher, McClean, Rondon, Berahino.

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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

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Eagles soaring

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

David Pleat

Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"It was an emphatic victory, that was clear cut right from the final whistle.

"They shower their intent to attack throughout the game, we need West Brom would crack and Bolaise scored and then Cabaye's penalty was the icing on the cake. 

"As Alan Pardew claps the crowd they will be happy tonight. the Eagles are the up."

15 - The last time Palace had more pts after 8 games of a top-flight season was in 1990-91 (16) when they ended the campaign in 3rd. Repeat?

'Palace deserve success'

Crystal Palace v West Brom

Graeme Le Saux

Former England defender on Final Score

"It's been a feature of Palace's season. They're so creative and have so much pace in wide areas. 

"Having that direct option of players that can run at opponents means you are always going to be in the games. 

"Zaha has responded magnificently to being dropped. Alan Pardew must be delighted and they thoroughly deserve the success they've had at this stage of the season."

FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

A much-deserved win for Palace, who were made to work by a stubborn West Brom but whose superiority and attacking intent shone through in the end.

West Brom's unbeaten run away from home this season is over and they can have no complaints.

Palace move up to third for now. Take a bow, Mr Pardew.

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

Callum McManaman looks to claim what would surely only be a consolation as he cuts inside from the left and shoots towards goal, but Wayne Hennessey blocks. It is the most the Palace keeper has had to do all day. And it is much too little, way too late for the Baggies.

Palace have been the superior team

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

David Pleat

Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"It is no more than Palace deserve, it is no surprise that the wingers Zaha and Bolaise have induced the penalty.

"It is ironic that Zaha might have been sent-off not long ago but at the same time he has been elusive. If he had picked the right selection at times they would have scored more.

"Palace have been more superior in all departments, West Brom have sat too deep and have not supported their attacking players."

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

Every Palace pass is now greeted with a cheer from the home crowd. It has been a battle, but they are finally able to relax and enjoy themselves.

SUBSTITUTION - Joe Ledley for Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

Zaha's work here is done as he is replaced by fellow midfielder Ledley.

GOAL - Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

Yohan Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye scores a penalty
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Yohan Cabaye makes no mistake, putting his shot right of centre as Boaz Myhill dives the other way. Game over.

It is the second successive game that Zaha has won a penalty, dispatched by Cabaye. It is also the sixth penalty Palace have been awarded this season.

PENALTY - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

That has been coming. Wilfried Zaha has terrorised Chris Brunt. He beats him down the right and is felled by a loose, diving lunge. Penalty. No doubt.

YELLOW CARD - Claudio Yacob and Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

What a waste. It is swung to the near post and hammered away with ease.

Following the clearance, there is a flare-up on the touchline between Claudio Yacob and Wilfried zaha that sees the former booked for a bad tackle and the latter yellow carded for his reactive shove.

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

West Brom corner. Here is a chance...

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

Wilfried Zaha is found near the byline by Jason Puncheon but his low cross towards Yannick Bolasie is cleared by a defender.

Soon after, Pape Souare comes close to scoring a fortuitous goal with an attempted cross that dips just over the bar.

West Brom are the ones in need of a goal, but Palace look more likely to score again.

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

David Pleat

Former Tottenham manager BBC Radio 5 live

"Crystal Palace will want the second goal to feel more comfortable, it has been a  better performance than last week at Watford. If it stays like this then two 1-0 victories on the trot would be a fine weekend for the manager, players and supporters." 

Yannick Bolasie attempts to go past James Chester
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Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

Crystal palace have a chance to break but Fraizer Campbell is on his own and faced with three West Brom defenders. The striker checks, lays off to Pape Souare and then  charges into the box to try and get on the end of a cross that is a yard ahead of him.

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

We are into the last 10 minutes. No sign of anyone riding to West Brom's rescue yet.

“Conceding the goal is the worst thing that could’ve happened for Albion. It was alright absorbing all the Palace pressure as long as it was 0-0 – but now they’re behind they’ve got a real uphill battle. They’ve got to go for it now.”

Tony ‘Bomber’ BrownFormer West Brom player on on BBC WM

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

There is more energy in the West Brom players now as they chase the ball, but the fact they are using the added zip to chase as opposed to apply pressure to Palace tells you all you need to know.

The home side are not home and dry but they are in control. Fraizer Campbell goes down in the box under a challenge, but the crowd's appeal for a penalty is more animated than the players'. Craig Dawson's arms were up, but Campbell made a meal of it.

SUBSTITUTION - Fraizer Campbell for Dwight Gayle

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

Fresh legs up front for Palace as they introduce one striker for another.

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

West Brom had gone 391 minutes without conceding away from home in the Premier League. You can see why, as they have been very stubborn. But they now have to switch to something more offensive and it is not easy to move up the gears so quickly when you've been coasting in second. It doesn't help that Saido Berahino is off the pitch and Salomon Rondon has been about as effective as a big stick stuck in the ground.

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

As it stands, Crystal Palace are up third in the Premier League table. Not bad at all.

Palace deserve the lead

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

David Pleat

Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"We new it was coming, it was a lovely flighted ball in by Cabaye to the far post, the goalkeeper could not get across and Bolaise flew through the air almost vertical to head into the net.

"It is no more than Palace deserve, they are the team that have attacked, they wanted to win and now we will see if there is any reaction from West Brom, having taken their main striker Berahino off at half-time."

Crystal Palace celebrate their goal
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SUBSTITUTION - Callum McManaman for James Morrison

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

The Baggies change is immediate as the more attack-minded McManaman replaces Morrison.

GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie scores
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The deadlock is finally broken! All thoughts of that possible penalty are forgotten as Yohan Cabaye's inch-perfect cross from the left is headed home by the unmarked Yannick Bolasie. It is his first goal at Selhurst Park since Jan 1st 2013 (1005 days ago).

It is a deserved lead for Palace. West Brom are going to have to alter their uber-defensive mindset now.

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

I have just seen a replay of that alleged handball against Gardner in the box. Maybe Palace had a better claim than I first thought. The midfielder's arm is out and he does appear to block with it. West Brom can consider themselves lucky.

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

Palace are racking up the corners. Their seventh is swung to the near post but header clear by Dawson. The home side come again but Puncheon's chipped cross into the box is headed away.

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

Yohan Cabaye strikes the free-kick into the wall and immediately appeals for a penalty for a handball against Craig Gardner in the box. The referee waves away the shouts in his direction and justifiably.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

James Chester is booked after making a mess of clearing with Dwight Gayle applying pressure. The striker gets goal side to claim a bouncing ball and is dragged back. It yields a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the box.

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

Saido Berahino heads clear
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West Brom surely can't dig in, in their own half, for the entirety of this second half? Saying that, it has worked for them so far this season. They are unbeaten away, albeit having only scored twice, remember. It is not pretty but it is effective.

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

Palace's plan is a simple one. Give it to Wilfried Zaha. The winger's cross from the right is almost perfect for Dwight Gayle at the near post, but a defender gets in there first to put the ball behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.

Soon after, the ball is again fed to Zaha, who beats Chris runt and finds Jason Puncheon on the edge of the box for a shot that rises over the bar.

WBA need to improve

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

David Pleat

Former Tottenham manager BBC Radio 5 live

James Morrison
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"West Brom need to do better in possession, play with a better tempo and pass the ball better or Palace will dominate the second-half."

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

Jason Puncheon looks to inject some life into the game with a shot from outside the box. He doesn't catch it properly, plus it cannons into a West Brom defender, and a brief hint of excitement evaporates.

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

It didn't take long for the renewed half-time hope of the home fans to be flattened. A couple of fouls, an injury and some slow-paced play from West Brom has taken the edge out of this. At the moment, this game is circling the ring road, going nowhere.

Zaha final ball lets him down

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

David Pleat

Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"He is a wonderful dribbler sometimes Zaha, he can go both sides and is pacey but his selection of the ball sometimes is questionable"

Wing wizardry

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

Wilfried Zaha has beaten his opponent with seven dribbles in the first half of this game - only five players have a higher tally than this in a single Premier League game (not just first half) this season.

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Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

Yohan Cabaye
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Yohan Cabaye is down and in pain after turning his ankle attempting a tackle in the middle of the park. Nothing serious, though. A bit of treatment, a ginger retreat to the touchline and he is back in play.

KICK-OFF

Crystal Palace 0-0 West Brom

The away side get the game back under way and then launch an attack that sees a cross swung over the head of Salomon Rondon and out of play.