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Last Updated: Monday, 13 March 2006, 21:38 GMT
Stoke 1-3 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace maintained their slim hopes of automatic promotion with victory at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.

Palace led at half-time after pressure from Jobi McAnuff forced Mamady Sidibe to touch in Emmerson Boyce's cross.

Josip Skoko levelled with a lob shortly after the break but Palace regained the lead a minute later when McAnuff's deflected shot deceived Steve Simonsen.

Sidibe wasted a golden chance to make it 2-2 before Andy Johnson struck with a devastating run and finish.

  • Stoke assistant boss Jan de Kroning on home fans booing:
    "The ball hasn't been falling for us over the last few weeks.

    "We've lost too many games at home and for the fans it's always frustrating when the team is losing.

    "Crystal Palace had one or two good chances and scored three goals."

  • Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie:
    "It's going to be enormously difficult (to achieve automatic promotion).

    "Sheffield United have had a fantastic run and so have Reading.

    "We think we're capable of going on a very good run but it would have to be a special run. Who knows? Never say never and I've always been an optimist."

    Stoke: Simonsen, Hoefkens (Buxton 25), Duberry, Hill, Broomes, Russell, Brammer, Skoko, Gallagher (Sigurdsson 72), Bangoura, Sidibe.
    Subs Not Used: de Goey, Mbuyi, Kopteff.

    Booked: Broomes.

    Goals: Skoko 47.

    Crystal Palace: Kiraly, Boyce, Fitz Hall, Ward, Borrowdale, Riihilahti, Hughes, Watson (Leigertwood 84), McAnuff (Soares 87), Morrison, Johnson.
    Subs Not Used: Speroni, Freedman, Reich.

    Goals: Sidibe 30 og, McAnuff 48, Johnson 58.

    Att: 10,121

    Ref: A Leake (Lancashire).

    Interview: Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie


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