Crystal Palace 1-0 Leeds

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Crystal Palace   1 - 0   Leeds

Highlights Crystal Palace v Leeds

Highlights - Crystal Palace 1-0 Leeds

Crystal Palace took a huge stride toward securing their Championship status with a win against play-off hopefuls Leeds at Selhurst Park.

The home side made the perfect start when Neil Danns' shot deflected in off Andy O'Brien of Leeds after 80 seconds.

From the only other chance of a drab first half, Palace's Jermaine Easter headed a Nathaniel Clyne cross wide.

Palace survived heavy Leeds pressure in the second half and ended with 10 men after Danns was sent off.

It was a bitter end to the game for the midfielder, but sweetened by the crucial three points he had played a major part in earning.

With Scunthorpe losing 2-1 at home to Millwall and Doncaster drawing 2-2 at Barnsley, the result leaves Palace six points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play, and a vastly superior goal difference to 22nd-placed Sheffield United.

For Leeds, defeat is a major blow to their hopes of securing the final play-off spot and they now trail sixth-placed Nottingham Forest by three points.

In addition the two teams directly above them - Millwall and their next opponents Burnley - are a point better off than Leeds.

The game had barely settled when Danns unleashed a fierce drive from the edge of the area that flew through a melee of players and beat Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

However, despite the lively start and what was at stake, the game descended into a tepid affair with neither side producing much in the final third, barring Easter's miscued header just before the break.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson made two changes at half-time - Neil Kilkenny and Sanchez Watt replacing Jake Livermore and Paul Connolly - to positive effect.

The visitors created far more in the second-half with Watt and late substitute Davide Somma going close from long range.

But Palace dug and, despite Danns' late dismissal for two yellow cards, they held on for a vital win.

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Monday, 25 April 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Crystal Palace 1-0 Leeds FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Danns 2

    Crystal Palace

    • 01 Speroni
    • 02 Clyne
    • 03 Wright
    • 05 McCarthy yellow card
    • 29 Moxey
    • 31 Gardner
    • 08 Danns red card
    • 34 Dikgacoi (Agustien 77)
    • 09 Iversen (Davis 81)
    • 16 Zaha
    • 19 Easter (Vaughan 73)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Price,
    • 04 Davis,
    • 10 Garvan,
    • 15 Cadogan,
    • 33 Agustien,
    • 20 Vaughan,
    • 32 Counago

    Leeds

    • 01 Schmeichel
    • 02 Connolly yellow card (Kilkenny 46 yellow card)
    • 06 Naylor
    • 20 Lichaj
    • 40 O'Brien yellow card
    • 07 Gradel
    • 14 Howson
    • 16 Johnson yellow card
    • 17 Livermore (Watt 46)
    • 09 Paynter (Somma 73)
    • 23 Snodgrass

    Substitutes

    • 12 Higgs,
    • 26 Bromby,
    • 08 Kilkenny,
    • 25 Bannan,
    • 18 Watt,
    • 27 Somma,
    • 44 McCormack
    Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 20,142
    CRYSTAL PALACE
    LEEDS

    Possession

    • Crystal Palace 39%
    • Leeds 61%

    Attempts on target

    • Crystal Palace 3
    • Leeds 9

    Attempts off target

    • Crystal Palace 5
    • Leeds 5

    Corners

    • Crystal Palace 2
    • Leeds 8

    Fouls

    • Crystal Palace 16
    • Leeds 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+8:15 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+7:22 Neil Kilkenny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+7:22 Sent off Neil Danns is shown a red card.
    • 90:00+5:19 Foul by Neil Danns on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded.
    • 90:00+4:16 James Vaughan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathaniel Clyne on Max Gradel. Neil Kilkenny takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:53 Unfair challenge on Max Gradel by Wilfried Zaha results in a free kick. Max Gradel crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
    • 90:00+0:24 Neil Danns takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+0:24 Booking The referee shows Neil Kilkenny a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+0:18 Foul by Neil Kilkenny on James Vaughan, free kick awarded.
    • 89:30 Neil Danns decides to take a short corner.
    • 88:51 Jonathan Howson takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 88:20 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Max Gradel from the right by-line.
    • 87:56 Corner taken by Max Gradel from the left by-line, clearance by Patrick McCarthy.
    • 87:12 Shot by James Vaughan. Kasper Schmeichel makes a comfortable save.
    • 85:54 The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass, save by Julian Speroni.
    • 83:30 Davide Somma produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Julian Speroni.
    • 81:31 Sanchez Watt delivers the ball, clearance made by Wilfried Zaha.
    • 81:18 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick McCarthy.
    • 80:25 Substitution Steffen Iversen leaves the field to be replaced by Claude Davis.
    • 80:08 The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.
    • 80:00+5:29 Booking Neil Danns is shown a yellow card.
    • 79:51 The ball is delivered by Bradley Johnson, Dean Moxey makes a clearance.
    • 77:52 James Vaughan delivers the ball.
    • 76:00 Neil Kilkenny takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:00 Substitution Kagisho Dikgacoi goes off and Kemy Agustien comes on.
    • 76:00 Steffen Iversen challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 75:15 Shot by Davide Somma from 12 yards. Save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 73:38 A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.
    • 72:32 Substitution Billy Paynter leaves the field to be replaced by Davide Somma.
    • 72:17 Substitution Jermaine Easter goes off and James Vaughan comes on.
    • 72:04 Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, Sanchez Watt takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 71:47 Shot from 20 yards from Eric Lichaj. Blocked by Kagisho Dikgacoi.
    • 70:02 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny played to the near post.
    • 69:31 Effort from 20 yards by Sanchez Watt. David Wright gets a block in.
    • 67:48 Kagisho Dikgacoi concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Neil Kilkenny, clearance made by Steffen Iversen.
    • 66:34 Max Gradel has a drilled shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a comfortable save.
    • 65:52 Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, Billy Paynter challenges David Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:24 The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.
    • 60:48 Corner taken right-footed by Neil Danns to the near post, Kagisho Dikgacoi has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
    • 58:23 Shot from just outside the box by Jermaine Easter goes over the target.
    • 57:05 Billy Paynter is ruled offside. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.
    • 56:09 Jermaine Easter concedes a free kick for a foul on Eric Lichaj. Neil Kilkenny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:37 Drilled right-footed shot by Bradley Johnson. Julian Speroni makes a save.
    • 52:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steffen Iversen by Andrew O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by David Wright.
    • 51:18 Dean Moxey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by David Wright.
    • 50:25 The referee blows for offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
    • 49:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew O'Brien on Steffen Iversen. David Wright restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:23 Foul by David Wright on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded. Robert Snodgrass takes the direct free kick, The ball is delivered by Neil Kilkenny.
    • 48:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Danns on Robert Snodgrass. Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Sanchez Watt replaces Jake Livermore.
    • 45:01 Substitution Neil Kilkenny comes on in place of Paul Connolly.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:37 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+2:12 Shot by Kagisho Dikgacoi. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 45:00+0:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Kagisho Dikgacoi. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:03 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Neil Danns misses to the right of the goal.
    • 42:50 Effort from a long way out by Max Gradel goes wide right of the goal.
    • 41:18 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Bradley Johnson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 41:09 Bradley Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Neil Danns gets a block in.
    • 39:13 Shot by Jake Livermore from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 37:38 Eric Lichaj concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Danns. Nathaniel Clyne takes the free kick.
    • 37:10 A cross is delivered by Nathaniel Clyne, Header by Jermaine Easter from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 35:36 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Easter by Richard Naylor results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Neil Danns from the free kick, Bradley Johnson gets a block in.
    • 34:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilfried Zaha on Robert Snodgrass. Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Andrew O'Brien misses to the left of the goal.
    • 32:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Jermaine Easter. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:36 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Snodgrass, Julian Speroni makes a save.
    • 30:18 Booking Neil Danns is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 30:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Danns on Eric Lichaj. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 28:47 Jonathan Howson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Easter. Patrick McCarthy takes the direct free kick.
    • 28:09 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, Dean Moxey makes a clearance.
    • 27:54 David Wright challenges Billy Paynter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Livermore takes the free kick.
    • 24:36 Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 23:46 Max Gradel concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Clyne. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 22:26 The offside flag is raised against Steffen Iversen. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
    • 21:48 Direct free kick taken by Neil Danns.
    • 21:48 Booking Andrew O'Brien is cautioned.
    • 21:30 Booking Patrick McCarthy goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 20:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew O'Brien on Steffen Iversen.
    • 19:38 Billy Paynter is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Dean Moxey.
    • 18:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Paul Connolly. Free kick taken by Dean Moxey.
    • 14:43 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Dean Moxey, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 14:43 Booking The referee books Paul Connolly for unsporting behaviour.
    • 14:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Connolly on Wilfried Zaha.
    • 10:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Danns on Bradley Johnson. Eric Lichaj takes the free kick.
    • 10:14 Centre by Eric Lichaj, Julian Speroni makes a comfortable save.
    • 8:28 Bradley Johnson challenges Wilfried Zaha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Moxey.
    • 8:08 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, Steffen Iversen makes a clearance.
    • 7:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Moxey on Robert Snodgrass. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Dean Moxey.
    • 6:58 Centre by Eric Lichaj, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:23 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 1:13 GOAL - Neil DannsCrystal Palace 1 - 0 Leeds Goal scored by Neil Danns from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 1-0 Leeds.
    • 0:46 Neil Danns fouled by Eric Lichaj, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick McCarthy.
    • 0:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Jake Livermore. Neil Danns restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 25 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 44 38 85
    2 Norwich 44 24 80
    3 Cardiff 44 25 79
    4 Swansea 44 21 74
    5 Reading 44 25 73
    6 Nott'm Forest 44 12 69
    7 Millwall 44 17 67
    8 Burnley 44 5 67
    9 Leeds 44 9 66
    10 Hull 44 4 64
    11 Leicester 44 3 63
    12 Watford 44 10 61
    13 Ipswich 44 -5 59
    14 Portsmouth 44 -6 57
    15 Middlesbrough 44 -6 56
    16 Bristol City 44 -8 54
    17 Coventry 44 -4 53
    18 Barnsley 44 -12 52
    19 Derby 44 -10 49
    20 Crystal Palace 44 -22 47
    21 Doncaster 44 -23 47
    22 Sheff Utd 44 -31 41
    23 Scunthorpe 44 -40 41
    24 Preston 44 -26 39

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