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Sunday, February 15, 1998 Published at 17:52 GMT



Sport: Football

Gunners fail to shoot down Eagles
image: [ Crystal Palace will need to improve on their Premiership home form to beat Arsenal in 10 days time ]
Crystal Palace will need to improve on their Premiership home form to beat Arsenal in 10 days time

Crystal Palace forced their way into the hat for the FA Cup quarter-final draw after a gritty and determined 0-0 draw at Highbury.

On another day there would have been a couple of goals for the fans to cheer but instead they saw referee Martin Bodenham turn down two controversial penalty appeals, one for each side,- to keep the game scoreless.

Palace went in at half-time feeling robbed after midfielder Jamie Fullarton was brought down by stand-in keeper Alex Manninger.

Blatant penalty

England manager Glenn Hoddle, who was watching the game in his role as a television pundit, said: "That was the most blatant penalty I have seen all season.


[ image: Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger clearly brings down Jamie Fullarton inside the box]
Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger clearly brings down Jamie Fullarton inside the box
"The keeper did not need to come out that far and Fullarton was definitely inside the area when he was brought down."

England keeper David Seaman, who missed the match with a broken finger, also admitted it should have been a penalty.

But the man who matters gave the visitors only a free-kick, and goalie Manninger breathed a double of sigh of relief at escaping a red card for what looked on closer scrutiny a professional foul.

Hughes tripped in the box

But Mr Bodenham levelled things up in the second half when he turned down an equally strong penalty shout from Arsenal after teenager Stephen Hughes was tripped in the box by Andy Roberts.


[ image: Arsenal were without Ian Wright]
Arsenal were without Ian Wright
Aside from the penalty decisions it was a tepid, fairly mediocre cup-tie with Arsenal badly missing striker Ian Wright.

Dennis Bergkamp rarely troubled a resolute Palace defence and an equally ineffective Patrick Anelka was replaced late on by Christopher Wreh but he too drew a blank.

Now the teams must replay at Selhurst Park, where Palace have yet to win a Premiership game, for the right to entertain West Ham or Blackburn in the quarter-finals.








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