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C Palace-Bristol C as it happened

All the action as it happens from Selhurst Park.

LATEST: Crystal Palace 1-2 Bristol City

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Jonathan Stevenson

1422: So, that's it for the first leg, what a great finish and still massively up for grabs. I'm sure you're all very excited about tomorrow, so don't forget to join the incomparable Caroline Cheese nice and early for what promises to be a sensational day of Premier League (and Champ play-off) action. Awesome.

1417: For some reason (you know who you are) the disappointing Victor Moses is leading player rater at the moment on 7.26. But I'm fully expecting the boy Noble to start climbing the charts after that late belter.
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1415: What a brilliant finish to the game that was. David Noble's last-gasp crackerjack earns the Robins a slender advantage going into Tuesday's second leg at Ashton Gate. But few would bet against a Neil Warnock side turning this around in Bristol.

1413: Full-time Crystal Palace 1-2 Bristol City

1412: David Noble is taken off as Bristol City eat up more time and Lee Johnson comes on.

1411: Lee Trundles off and is replaced by Liam Fontaine.

1409: GOAL Crystal Palace 1-2 Bristol City
Stunning. You've probably just seen the Championship goal of the season. David Noble picks the ball up 35 yards out, takes a touch and then fairly hammers it straight into the top right-hand corner of Julian Speroni's net. Postage stamp perfect - what a goal.

1407: My goodness me. Michael McIndoe swings over a cross from the left but he mis-hits it, it flies over Julian Speroni and only misses the top corner by a couple of feet.

1406: "Louis Carey the hero one moment and the villain the next."
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1403: GOAL Crystal Palace 1-1 Bristol City
Ben Watson makes no mistake with a superb penalty - slotted into the bottom right-hand corner, giving Adriano Basso no chance whatsoever. I don't care who you are, you don't save those.

1402: Penalty to Crystal Palace. Louis Carey is absolutely furious as he adjudged to have fouled Jose Fonte, but it does look like one on the replay. Big moment.

1400: Marvin Elliott is booked for an ungainly foot up on Danny Butterfield, catching the Palace man with studs on his thigh. Painful. Meanwhile, there's an altercation of sorts on the bench, involving Gary Johnson. Apparently he was squirted with water by someone on the Palace bench. Remarkable.

1358: Dele Adebola is allowed room to surge inbetween two players and drive into the Palace box, but the angle is tight and his shot flies into the side-netting.

1357: "I think whoever wins this play-off will go to the Premier League - Hull or Watford don't stand a chance, you agree?"
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Er, no.

1356: Great chance for Palace as Clint Hill heads a corner back across goal and Paul Ifill can only direct his header over the crossbar. Palace are running out of time to get back on terms now.

1354: "Sam Vokes and Jo Kuffour, Kris Commons. Then steal a few defenders from other big Championship clubs. Matthew Kilgallon would work a treat."
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Don't even get me started on the boy Commons.

1352: Palace have one more change and they send on Matt Lawrence for Shaun Derry. There are 15 minutes left at Selhurst Park.

1348: Better from Scott Sinclair. He jinks his way down the right and wins a corner as he attempts to play the ball into the box. He's so much better when he starts out wide - he's been a bit too central for my liking today.

1347: "We need a top striker. Maybe Beattie and Earnshaw, Carsley, De Merit, Rosenior and Nafti. We ain't going to get anyone special."
Bangers, Bristol, via text

1344: "I'd buy Gareth Barry for 14m and Dean Ashton for 6m, top players! Come on City!"
Josh from Bristol, via text

1342: "I think City or Palace should buy some of the players that are with clubs that are going down from the Prem like Kevin Doyle, Mikael Forssell etc as I think these are decent players that are realistic targets. And maybe some of the players that have done superb in League One or Two like Jason Scotland or Aaron Mclean."
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1340: Golden chance for Palace as Danny Butterfield swings over a fine cross from the right, but Ben Watson heads over from six yards.

1337: James Scowcroft's afternoon and season are both over as he pulls up with a hamstring problem. The substitute is replaced by Paul Ifill.

1335: "I would spend all the 20m on Man United's Darren Fletcher - what a player."
Chris from Bristol, via text

1334: Palace attack again and James Scowcroft - who has just come on for Victor Moses - deflects a shot narrowly wide of the City goal.

1332: Palace try to hit back and Clint Hill heads a corner goalwards, Adriano Basso spectacularly and probably unneccessarily diving acrobatically to catch the ball with both hands.

1330: GOAL Crystal Palace 0-1 Bristol City
A goal that would grace the Premier League, no doubt about that. City get a training ground move to work to perfection as David Noble rolls a free-kick into the box to Nick Carle, he clips it towards the left-hand edge for Louis Carey to hammer it into the top corner, giving Julian Speroni no chance. Brilliant goal.

1328: Palace and City fans - who would you buy if you went up? I'm giving you a 20m war chest.

1326: Come on City. If you get promoted I can watch Everton at Ashton Gate!"
Marshall, working as usual, Bristol, via text

Is that really the best reason for wanting them to go up?

1324: Ben Watson hammers one in just wide from 25 yards after a bit of a ruck between Shaun Derry and Nick Carle, who both went in to a 50-50 tackle a bit high - could have both been booked for that.

1322: We're off again.

1321: "Bristol City were flexing their promotion muscles in that first half! This could be the season moaning Warnock gets knocked out in the semi-finals!"
Glyn in Carmarthen, via text

1319: "This match doesn't really matter anyway, they're only playing to see who has the honour of losing to Hull in the final..."
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1311: "This play-off has got Palace's name all over it. Good form at the right time."
Budge, Stoke lad, via text

1308: Don't forget, you can rate the players from Selhurst Park. Go on - tell us what you really think.
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1304: Half-time Crystal Palace 0-0 Bristol City

1259: Nice, patient approach play from Bristol City and Lee Trundle lays the ball off to Nick Carle 25 yards out, but his left-foot drive is comfortably dealt with by Julian Speroni.

1258: Clinton Morrison latches on to a pass into the Bristol City box but his shot lacks pace and is easy for Adriano Basso to deal with.

1257: "As much as I enjoy Championship football, I fear that either of these teams in the Premier League will be a repeat of Derby this season."
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Really? That bad?

1255: Palace fail to properly clear a corner and Louis Carey hits a sweet half-volley that is blocked on it way to goal.

1254: Michael McIndoe turns smartly inside the Palace box and fires in a left-foot shot that takes a heavy deflection and loops over the bar. The Robins are getting on top.

1252: Suddenly Bristol City have come to life. Bradley Orr sends over a fine cross from the right and Dele Adebola climbs high to power a header goalwards that Julian Speroni does well to tip behind, diving to his left.

1251: Great play from Dele Adebola down the right as he jinks into the box and tries to tee up Nick Carle, but Tom Soares makes a fine last-ditch block.

1247: Victor Moses bursts to life with one tricky run and cross just over and then he tees up Clinton Morrison to fire in a shot that is blocked by a City defender. Palace looking the likelier to score at the minute.

1246: "For some reason - I like Palace in the Championship, but when they're in the Prem, I can't stand them! Probably because they can't hack the pace and look terrible when attempting to."
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1244: Best moment from Scott Sinclair so far as he clips the ball over a defender on the edge of the Bristol City box and slips the ball goalwards past Adriano Basso, but the ball has no pace on it and two City defenders get back in time to clear.

1240: Ben Watson is in a bit of trouble after a tackle on Nick Carle. Carle's follow-through seems to catch Watson in his nether regions and the ginger-haired schemer needs a little time to recover.

1235: Magnificent defending from Jose Fonte with a last-ditch, Bobby Moore-esque tackle on Michael McIndoe after it looked like he had been played in by Lee Trundle's superb pass. McIndoe wants a penalty - no chance, son.

1234: "I'd like to see Trundle in the Premier League - he's probably past it now, but imagine seeing him turn John Terry inside out! That would be a sight not to be missed!"
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1231: Danny Butterfield hits one right out of the sweet spot from 35 yards and the ball moves two ways before slamming into the midriff of Adriano Basso.

1230: "I think Palace will win, but I would prefer Bristol. It would be nice to see either Hull or them in the Premier League, getting tired of the same old teams recycling every few years."
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1228: Palace are given a free-kick on the edge of the box, but Ben Watson's delivery is woeful and it flies out for a goalkick.

1226: There are some very interesting tackles going on, before Ben Watson lashes a right-foot drive over from 25 yards. The Bristol City players are not happy with a Nick Carle tackle on Watson - was a bit naughty in fairness.

1224: Lively start for Lee Trundle. He is penalised a few minutes ago for a sly little kick at a Palace defender and now he wins a free-kick for a foul on him by Jose Fonte after a lovely flick over the defender.

1220: Palace 4-2 today. Plenty of goals - just a shame that it's so nice outside."
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1218: Oh crikey I forgot the prediction, sorry. Palace 3-1 Bristol City. You definitely heard it here first. Crowd are rocking at Selhurst.

1216: We are under way. Premier League, here one of these teams might come...

1214: "Glad we're not involved in this."
Ed, a relaxing Stoke fan, via text

Yeah, me too pal.

1212: "Palace won't mess this up. Be tough to call the final. Personally I'm not too bothered as the mighty Potters are already there!"
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1209: "If we don't win another game, we've had a great season already after where we've come from," says Palace boss Neil Warnock. "We were a bit disappointed to drop out of the top two and Palace are favourites for this - but I'm only saying that because it'll upset Neil!" says City boss Gary Johnson.

1207: Moses? Had a scholarship with my rival school, Whitgift whilst on Palace's academy books. Whitgift used to only play him in the second half of matches because he used to score too many, they considered it unfair advantage. Big talent... although I still doubt his real age."
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1205: City have been saving the goals up all season for the play offs! Trundle and Carle to give the red army first leg advantage."
Dave, Trowbridge, via text

1201: If F1 floats your boat, don't forget that qualifying for the Turkish grand prix has just got under way at Istanbul Park. Sam Lyon, who is brilliant at everything he does, is running the rule over that bad boy.
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1158: "I deeply dislike Neil Warnock, but the guy is the Championship's version of Sir Alex - what he's done with Palace is astounding. I'm glad we blew it on the last day and finished sixth."
Adam, Watford, via text

1155: TEAM NEWS
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Butterfield, Hudson, Fonte, Hill, Soares, Watson, Derry, Moses, Sinclair, Morrison.
Bristol City: Basso, Orr, McCombe, Carey, McAllister, Carle, Noble, Elliott, McIndoe, Adebola, Trundle.

1152: "Finally covering the CITY!!! After the way we played last Sunday Palace should be watching out! Unbeaten runs have to end sometime. Bristol City to win 2-1. Trundle is back on form and he is going to earn his 1m price tag over the next two weeks. From a cider red stuck in work when he should be at the game."
Glyn in Carmarthen, via text

1149: "Crystal Palace to win 4-1 with Moses and Watson scoring two each!"
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Palace fans, talk me through this exciting young Victor Moses character. He was born in the 1990s - that's unbelievable.

1144: "Stevo! Opinions on last Saturday? All the 606 Forest fans have assumed you had gone on a massive bender."
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Welll, I certainly spent a lot of last weekend celebrating, there's no doubt about that. But I felt I should perhaps leave the public back-slapping to people who hadn't been quite so critical of the current regime. I think you know what I'm talking about. Anyway, let's get back to Palace-City.

1140: Palace are definitely the form team - the 5-0 thrashing of Burnley last week must have City shaking in their boots. Moses to score a hat-trick."
George (not at all biased) from Croydon, via text

Ah Croydon - hasn't that been dubbed the 'new Barcelona', I heard recently?
Croydon is the new... Barcelona

1136: You can very much get in touch in all the usual ways, from texting your top-drawer chat to 81111 and getting involved via 606. If you're good, I might even give you a Stevo prediction.
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1130: It's Crystal Palace, it's Bristol City, it's the first leg of the Championship play-offs and it's massive. It'll be sunny later, you can go outside then.





see also
Crystal Palace v Bristol City
09 May 08 |  Championship
Who will make play-off finals?
08 May 08 |  Football


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