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Saturday, 15 September, 2001, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
Portsmouth 4-2 C Palace
Croatian star Robert Prosinecki led the way with an inspirational performance as Portsmouth recorded their fourth victory in five games to move closer to the top of the table.

Prosinecki produced a faultless display in midfield and capped an entertaining match with a pin-point free-kick to restore Portsmouth's advantage shortly before half time.

Scottish striker Mark Burchill was fouled on the edge of the area by Dean Austin and the Croatian World Cup star curled a fantastic free-kick into the top left hand corner.

Prosinecki played a part in Portsmouth's fifth minute opener.

Roof of the net

The midfielder played a short corner on the left before crossing for Italian Alessandro Zamperini to eventually hook home from close range.

Palace boss Steve Bruce had to wait just five minutes to see his side equalise.

Clinton Morrison raced to the by-line before squaring the ball back for Simon Rodger to sidefoot into the roof of the net.

Burchill and Courtney Pitt both went close to restoring Portsmouth's lead before Prosinecki succeeded where they had failed in the 38th minute.

Penalty

Portsmouth looked to be cruising to victory when Burchill made it 3-1 in the 62nd minute.

He converted from the penalty spot after Jamie Smith had upended Pitt in the area.

But Palace's Dougie Freedman pulled a goal back for the visitors seven minutes later when he drilled a left-footed shot past Sasa Ilic following substitute Andres Rubins' cross.

But giant striker Peter Crouch headed home Portsmouth's fourth with 15 minutes remaining.

Palace's misery was compounded late on when substitute Tommy Black was sent off for two bookings in as many minutes.

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