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90'+3
That's full-time. The first half was fairly dire, the second half was brighter, and that Jason Puncheon goal proved the difference between the two sides. There was a significant amount of goalmouth drama, and no doubt those penalty claims will be re-evaluated - but perhaps not as closely as they might have been had Palace not taken all three points. Thanks for your company this afternoon.
90'+3
A looping cross in from the right by substitute Albrighton, but Speroni gathers that.
90'+2
Guzan lofts it forward for one last attempt.
90'+1
Villa aren't letting this go quietly. Palace are hacking everything away as far as they possibly can. Albrighton and Clark combine for yet another desperate chance.
87'
Great chance for Andreas Weimann, flicking nonchantly towards the goal, and great save by Julian Speroni, round the post to his left.
86'
If Palace hold on for five more minutes, they'll complete their first-ever league double over Aston Villa.
85'
Puncheon's quick on the uptake, charging down the right, cutting in and failing to square to Murray in the middle and having a shot himself into the side netting.
84'
Jason Puncheon has scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances – he had scored just three in his previous 28.
83'
 
Bolasie has picked up a knock from somewhere, and Parr replaces him in Palace's final substitution.
Crystal Palace Substitution
Aston Villa Substitution
82'
 
Double substitution for Villa - Weimann and Albrighton on for Bertrand and El Ahmadi. But we have about ten minutes left - are those changes too late?
Aston Villa Substitution
81'
What a GREAT ball from Westwood to Grant Holt, cutting through the defence and leaving him virtually one on one. He can't make contact.
78'
There's singing and dancing behind Brad Guzan's goal as the Crystal Palace fans celebrate taking the lead.
76'
 
GOAL! Finally, Jason Puncheon manages to get a shot on target. Bolasie beats his man down the left, Puncheon turns well and hits it low, and it bounces off the post and into the net.
Crystal Palace Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Center

Crystal Palace Substitution
75'
 
Murray replaces Jerome, who has had Palace's best chance so far.
74'
The referee plays the advantage as Ledley is brought down, but Puncheon's shot is awful, skying it over the bar.
73'
Jerome does well to keep the ball in, and races down the left. He waits for support and it comes from Puncheon, but he can't get it past that packed-out Villa defence.
72'
Villa are defending in numbers, and their midfield has disappeared.
70'
What an odd game this has been; some fascinating incidents of penalty area confusion, and some absolutely dreadful football on display. Meanwhile, Lowton hoists a ball forward, into touch.
Aston Villa Yellow card

Crystal Palace

Aston Villa

67'
Palace call for handball against Ciaran Clark as Brad Guzan gathers a cross; Howard Webb looks across to his assistant referee and thinks he's indicating a penalty, and points to the spot. Then he goes over to confer, and changes his mind, giving a free-kick to Villa. All very confusing.
65'
El Ahmadi clips Ward as Villa attempt a counter-attack. Another free-kick to Palace.
63'
Puncheon takes it, over the two-man Villa wall, and Guzan palms it away.
62'
 
Nathan Baker really has to learn his lesson with these lunging tackles - he brings down Puncheon, gets booked, and it's a free-kick right on the edge of the area.
Aston Villa Yellow card

Crystal Palace

Aston Villa

61'
There's a very big gap in the Villa defence, and Bolasie strikes through it. It's drifting wide, past Guzan's right-hand post.
58'
Corner to Palace, and Ledley slices a shot from distance. Then Guzan tries for a quick throw out - he's obstructed by Jedinak, and the goalkeeper crashes into him in frustration.
56'
Ward gives El Ahmadi something to think about down the right. Throw-in to Palace as they press forward.
54'
How close was that? Bolasie steps over and Guzan palms it on to the boot of Jerome, who hits the bar from close range.
52'
Low hard ball in from Bertrand, cutting in from the left, but Dann boots it clear.
51'
Delph is not having a great game today; he tries to spread the ball wide to the left but can't get it over the head of the first Palace defender.
49'
Agbonlahor decides to shoot from the edge of the box, but Speroni is right behind it and holds with ease.
48'
El Ahmadi thinks he's won a corner from Delaney, but the Villa player got the last touch. Goal-kick.
47'
Now Jerome is rather disgruntled that the assistant referee has now flagged against him for handball, but it most certainly was.
47'
 
Cameron Jerome does not agree with the assistant referee who has flagged him offside.
46'
Long ball forward from Vlaar towards the head of Holt, but Delaney gets there first.
46'
No substitutions at half-time, so we begin as we ended the first half.
45'+2
That's the end of a rather soporific first half. Aston Villa have had so much possession but promise to create very little with it, while Crystal Palace have looked more dangerous when they've got the ball in the box.
45'+2
A long-range effort from Delph, deflected, and scooped up by Speroni.
45'+1
Two minutes of added time here at Selhurst Park.
45'
Guzan lofts the ball to the other end and returns the ball to Speroni. Lowton is trying to run off that knock, or at least get as far as half-time.
43'
Matt Lowton has hurt himself making a challenge on Bolasie and hasn't moved since he hit the deck. Referee Webb stops play.
42'
Chamakh falls in the area, slipping over as he tries to get round the Villa defence. The Palace fans have a bit of a shout for a penalty again, but the players don't.
41'
Delph and Puncheon duel down the right, but the Palace players gets the ball in to Bolasie. Simple for Guzan to claim.
39'
Chamakh and Bolasie get in each other's way as they both go up for Mariappa's cross at the far post. It's out for a goal kick.
36'
Crystal Palace are calling for a penalty, but Howard Webb isn't interested, and I have to say that would have been a rather harsh decision had he pointed to the spot. Bolasie feels he was checked by Grant Holt, but the contact looked minimal at best.
35'
And Ledley is fouled now by Westwood - but now only about 35 yards from goal. This free kick might be somewhat more dangerous.
34'
El Ahmadi has a little clash with Joe Ledley, and Palace get a free kick on the edge of their box.
31'
Grant Holt finds himself out on the wing, and crosses it back to Westwood on the edge of the area. He lets fly - but it's blocked by Delaney.
30'
Paul Lambert and Tony Pulis are both attempting to rally their troops from their respective technical areas.
29'
Another hopeful ball forward from Delph. Straight to Speroni, mind.
27'
Delph has got the studs of Mariappa up his ankle. Nasty but clumsy, and the Palace player gets a scolding from referee Webb.
26'
Agbonlahor decides to try to stretch his legs with a run down the left, but Jedinak sticks a foot in.
23'
Good ball in from Ashley Westwood towards Grant Holt, but the striker gets the foul given against him for his challenge on Mariappa.
23'
Villa continue to pass it round nicely as Palace are trying to settle back down after that early enforced change.
21'
It's back in towards Clark and Agbonlahor, and it's bobbling towards the goal-line - but no Villa players want to attack it and for a moment it looks like no Palace players want to clear it either. Jerome hoofs it out of danger.
20'
Villa finally secure the game's first corner, taken by Westwood and cleared by Chamakh. The ball back in from Lowton is looking for the head of Clark and Delaney puts it out for another corner.
19'
Dangerous-looking ball in from Ron Vlaar, cleared by Puncheon.
Crystal Palace Substitution
18'
Dikgacoi finally concludes his limp off as Palace reorganise themselves.
17'
 
Dikgacoi has picked up an injury to his left foot, and the trainer is attending to him on the pitch as Chamakh gets himself ready as quickly as possible to make his 100th appearance in English football.
16'
Chamakh, on the bench for Palace, is warming up already. Could we be in for a change already?
15'
Fabian Delph won't want to be reminded of that attempted pass - it looked like he was trying to switch it from the right to the left flank but it ballooned massively into touch.
14'
Bolasie gets into the box from the left, and Jason Puncheon, in the middle, can't get to the ball in because Ryan Bertrand is in the way.
14'
A brief interlude as we have to change the match ball.
13'
An extremely optimistic long ball hoicked forward by Grant Holt; perhaps he thinks Agbonlahor has THAT much pace that he might be able to get somewhere near it. In that case, his team-mate should be flattered.
12'
Villa have had over three-quarters of the possession so far, but no chances at all.
11'
Delph tries to spread the ball wide to the left, but it's overweighted and Bertrand can't control it.
10'
Agbonlahor moves to create something for Villa down the right. It's cleared into touch, and from Lowton's throw it's back into the midfield and a game of possession retention.
9'
Puncheon's first touch lets him down on the edge of the box, and Palace's attack loses momentum. When it gets back in from the left, Puncheon's on the far post but again can't control or direct it.
8'
Villa continue to pass the ball round well but it's not heading forward at all.
7'
Clark tries a long ball forward, but it's straight out of play.
6'
Bolasie, bundled to the floor, isn't impressed with the challenge of El Ahmadi, but referee Howard Webb sees nothing wrong with it.
5'
Jerome makes a dash for it, but Villa defend in numbers. Throw-in to Palace.
4'
Still little impetus from either side. The on-pitch action may be quiet, but the stands aren't - the Villa contigent are now trying some duelling chants.
3'
The Palace fans have not stopped singing yet. In fact, they've barely paused for breath.
2'
Tentative start here. Villa finally get hold of the ball and begin by passing it around and giving their makeshift back line a taste of possession for starters.
1'
Puncheon gets in the first cross of the afternoon, in from the right, but that's simple for Brad Guzan.
1'
So Crystal Palace kick us off this afternoon.
15.06
A minute's silence marking 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster.
15.05
The strains of 'Glad All Over' fill the air as the players take their places for the now-essential pre-match handshaking ritual.
15.00
The teams are lined up in the tunnel for this sell-out game at Selhurst Park.
14.30
Well, I said it would be a close game, but actually the history indicates otherwise. Palace have won two and lost none of their four previous Premier League meetings with Villa at Selhurst Park; and Villa have only won one of their last eight Premier League clashes with the Eagles, drawing four and losing three.
14:16
And we already have our team news - CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bolasie, Puncheon, Ledley, Jerome. Subs: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Parr, Ince, Gayle, Murray, Chamakh. /// ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Baker, Vlaar, Clark, Lowton, Bertrand, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor, Holt. Subs: Steer, Bennett, Sylla, Albrighton, Tonev, Bowery, Weimann.
14.15
Good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to today's LIVE coverage of Crystal Palace v Aston Villa. Both teams have an equal number of games played; both have an equal number of points; and where Palace's goal difference is -16, Villa's is -13. It should be a tightly-fought contest, one would think - but then the visitors are without several senior players, including their leading scorer, Christian Benteke.

Starting Line-ups

Crystal Palace
Aston Villa
    • 1
      Speroni
    • 2
      Ward
    • 27
      Delaney
    • 6
      Dann
    • 3
      Mariappa
    • 7
      Bolasie
    • 15
      Mile Jedinak
    • Dikgacoi
    • 42
      Puncheon
    • 28
      Joe Ledley
    • Jerome
Team Manager:  Alan Pardew
    • Holt
    • 11
      Agbonlahor
    • 34
      Lowton
    • El Ahmadi
    • 15
      Westwood
    • 16
      Delph
    • Bertrand
    • 4
      Vlaar
    • 2
      Baker
    • 6
      Clark
    • 1
      Guzan
Team Manager:  Tim Sherwood
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Speroni 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Ward 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 90
D. Delaney 0 0 0 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
S. Dann 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
A. Mariappa 0 0 0 3 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Mile Jedinak 0 0 0 55 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
J. Puncheon 1 0 2 33 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 90
Y. Bolasie 0 1 2 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 83
K. Dikgacoi 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Joe Ledley 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
C. Jerome 0 0 0 15 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 75
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
B. Guzan 0 3 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
N. Baker 0 0 0 1 7 0 2 0 1 0 0 90
R. Vlaar 0 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
C. Clark 0 0 1 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. Lowton 0 0 0 49 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
A. Westwood 0 0 0 74 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 90
F. Delph 0 0 1 67 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
K. El Ahmadi 0 0 0 24 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 82
R. Bertrand 0 0 0 29 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 82
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. Agbonlahor 0 0 1 27 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
G. Holt 0 0 0 18 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
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