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banner Tuesday, 28 November, 2000, 23:14 GMT
Palace win tense penalty shoot-out
Palace were happy with their win
Palace were happy with their win
Crystal Palace came through a tense and enthralling penalty shoot-out to defeat Tranmere Rovers at Selhurst Park and reach the Worthington Cup's fifth round.

Tranmere were last year's beaten finalists in this competition and Reuben Hazell missed the penalty to give Palace a 6-5 win in the spot-kick drama.

After 120 minutes of uninspiring football the tie sparked into life in penalties.

When Mikael Forssell missed a spot-kick the home supporters began to make their way to the exit but Alex Kolinko saved Graham Allen's kick to make it all square again.

Steve Kabba slipped home Palace's next penalty before Hazell fired way over the bar to give the Eagles a money-spinning quarter-final tie against Sunderland.


The first half was hardly eventful with a couple of decent half chances falling to Tranmere who perhaps shaded the first 45 minutes.

Tranmere started slightly the brighter and it took them only eight minutes to threaten to break the deadlock as Paul Rideout went close with a header from Sean Flynn's in-swinging corner.

Less than 60 seconds later the visitors were on the offensive again as Clint Hill thundered in a 35-yard drive which drifted over the Palace bar.

With Tranmere dominating possession, it was not until the 37th minute that the Palace threatened Thomas Myhre's goal when Forssell latched on to Craig Harrison's long throw only to hit the ball against Hazell.

After the break Palace picked it up a little with three chances in the first 10 minutes.

Forssell forced a magnificent save from Myhre, who had joined Rovers just 24 hours earlier on loan from Everton.

Myhre was the Rovers' saviour again with a miraculous stop on the goal-line denying Forssell's close-range header.

For Tranmere, Taylor could have clinched the tie 14 minutes from the end of normal time but Kolinko produced a brilliant flying save.

Crystal Palace: Kolinko, Smith, Austin, Zhiyi, Ruddock, Mullins, C. Morrison, Black, Thomson, Forssell, Harrison. Subs: Frampton, Carlisle, Gregg, Martin, Kabba.

Tranmere: Myhre, Roberts, Allison, Hill, S. Taylor, Hazell, Allen, Koumas, Hinds, Rideout, Flynn. Subs: Yates, Henry, Parkinson, Murphy, Hume.

Referee: D Laws (Whitley Bay)

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