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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 September 2007, 21:31 GMT 22:31 UK
Crystal Palace 1-1 Coventry
Substitute Coventry striker Leon Best grabbed a dramatic late equaliser as former manager Iain Dowie made his first return to Selhurst Park.

Best darted to the near post to flick Jay Tabb's low left-wing cross beyond Julian Speroni on 87 minutes.

Palace took a first-half lead thanks to Stuart Green's classy strike after good work by striker Dougie Freedman.

Dowie was given a hostile reception before kick-off after his acrimonious departure to Charlton in May 2006.


  • Crystal Palace manager Peter Taylor:
    "I am not confident (of keeping my job) but I just don't know because I have not spoken to (owner) Simon (Jordan).

    "If I'm honest, it's not nice when you read that he has been having regular contact with Neil Warnock.

    "I hope I am given time because I enjoy the job. The position we are in is not good enough, but I don't think we are that far away from being a good side."


  • Coventry City manager Iain Dowie:
    "Nobody can take away what I did here and I'll let other people spout off in the media.

    "I never see Simon Jordan's name in the paper unless he is battering someone. I think when people look back in 10 years' time they'll see that I did okay.

    "We got promotion in my first season, got relegated on goal difference, and then got into the play-offs again in the third year.

    "They have made a lot of money on the players I left them. They also spent 8m on players last season and they didn't get to the play-offs."


    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Butterfield, Hudson, Cort, Craig, Green, Watson, Fletcher, Soares, Scowcroft, Freedman.
    Subs Not Used: Flinders, Lawrence, Idrizaj, Martin, Dickov.

    Booked: Craig.

    Goals: Green 26.

    Coventry: Konstantopoulos, Hall, De Zeeuw, Ward, Borrowdale, Cairo (Thornton 70), Stephen Hughes, Doyle, Tabb, Adebola (Best 62), McKenzie (Simpson 72).
    Subs Not Used: Marshall, Hawkins.

    Booked: De Zeeuw, Ward, Doyle, Cairo, Hall.

    Goals: Best 87.

    Att: 14,455.

    Ref: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

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