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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 August 2006, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Crystal Palace 1-0 Leeds
Morrison slams home the winner against Leeds
Morrison slams home his first goal of the season
Clinton Morrison scored in injury time as Crystal Palace maintained the only 100% record in the Championship with a win over 10-man Leeds at Selhurst Park.

The Republic of Ireland international struck from close range to win it, only seconds after keeper Tony Warner had spectacularly denied Dougie Freedman.

It was harsh on Leeds, who held their own after Geoff Horsfield's red card, and who saw Eddie Lewis hit the post.

Loanee Horsfield was sent off after 15 minutes when he shoved Mark Hudson.

However, it wasn't until the 91st minute that Palace broke the visitors' resistance, substitute Morrison stabbing home on the half-volley from 12 yards after Danny Granville's long throw had caused havoc in the Leeds box.

It put the gloss on what had been a frustrating afternoon for Palace in front of goal.

Leon Cort twice headed wide when it looked easier to score from Mark Kennedy set-pieces, while Freedman, Kennedy and James Scowcroft all had long-range efforts.

For their part, Leeds showed impressive resilience and could even have won the game themselves had David Healy and Shaun Derry not shot straight at Gabor Kiraly when well-placed in each half.


  • Crystal Palace manager Peter Taylor
    "If Clinton was as fit as he knows he can be, then I couldn't afford a player of that standard but he has a bit to do to be as fit as I want him to be.

    "Clinton had an injection to cure a knee injury and that means he has not had a proper pre-season. But he has been great and just needs to keep working hard and training hard.

    "As for the sending-off, Mark Hudson is not the type of player who goes down without being touched."

  • Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell
    "In life, you do not always get what you deserve. We looked a good team, even when we were down to 10 men.

    "I did not see the sending-off because I was talking to the fourth official and I didn't find out what happened because I had to sort out the team.

    "I don't want to be losing points but I believe it was a strong performance from a good Leeds side."


    Crystal Palace: Kiraly, Granville, Hudson, Cort, Butterfield, Soares (Morrison 73), Watson (Freedman 45), Kennedy, McAnuff, Fletcher, Scowcroft.
    Subs Not Used: Flinders, Lawrence, Borrowdale.

    Booked: Watson, McAnuff.

    Goals: Morrison 90.

    Leeds: Warner, Kelly, Crainey, Kilgallon, Butler, Westlake, Derry, Stone (Carole 90), Lewis (Richardson 74), Horsfield, Healy (Moore 76).
    Subs Not Used: Gregan, Blake.

    Sent Off: Horsfield (15).

    Booked: Kilgallon, Kelly.

    Att: 17,218

    Ref: R Styles (Hampshire).

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