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Crystal Palace   0 - 0   Bristol City

Crystal Palace's Darren Ambrose (left) and Bristol City's Albert Adomah battle for the ball

Crystal Palace 0-0 Bristol City

Crystal Palace remain in the bottom three as new manager Dougie Freedman looks for his first win after his side drew a blank against Bristol City.

Darren Ambrose came closest to finding the net for the hosts when he rattled the post early in the second half.

City's Ivan Sproule repeated the trick at the other end late on while Brett Pitman went close with an early volley and a late drive for the visitors.

Jermaine Easter went close on his full Palace debut but David James saved.

After a tentative start from both teams, City created the first chance for Pitman.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce sent over an inviting cross but Pitman, looking for his 12th goal of the season, crashed his volley wide.

Palace's jittery rearguard then gave Albert Adomah the time and space to shoot but his effort flew too high.

James was in the City goal after the club successfully appealed against his red card against Middlesbrough, and he was called into action for the first time on the half hour.

Easter drilled a shot in from 20 yards and James made a comfortable save.

Moments later Pitman took aim from 25 yards with a fierce drive which just cleared Julian Speroni's crossbar.

Palace's best opportunity of the first half came shortly before the interval when Pablo Counago's shot was blocked by Damion Stewart and the ball fell to Ambrose, whose curling effort was plucked out of the air by James.

Ambrose, back in the Palace side after another spell on the sidelines, came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock five minutes after the interval when his 20-yard drive cannoned off the post with James beaten.

Freedman threw on Steffen Iversen and Sean Scannell in a bid to find an elusive goal.

But instead it was City who almost snatched a dramatic win nine minutes from time when Sproule let fly only to be denied by the woodwork.


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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Crystal Palace 0-0 Bristol City FT
(HT 0-0)

      Crystal Palace

      • 01 Speroni
      • 02 Clyne
      • 03 Wright
      • 05 McCarthy
      • 31 Gardner yellow card
      • 07 Ambrose (Andrew 81)
      • 08 Danns
      • 30 Marrow yellow card
      • 16 Zaha
      • 19 Easter (Scannell 70)
      • 32 Counago (Iversen 59)

      Substitutes

      • 13 Price,
      • 06 Barrett,
      • 10 Garvan,
      • 28 O'Keefe,
      • 09 Iversen,
      • 12 Andrew,
      • 14 Scannell

      Bristol City

      • 01 James
      • 04 Fontaine
      • 05 Stewart
      • 06 Carey
      • 36 Caulker
      • 07 Elliott
      • 14 Skuse (Cisse 72)
      • 20 Campbell-Ryce
      • 27 Adomah
      • 09 Clarkson (Sproule 68)
      • 34 Pitman

      Substitutes

      • 12 Gerken,
      • 23 Edwards,
      • 08 Johnson,
      • 17 Sproule,
      • 21 Cisse,
      • 24 Jackson,
      • 30 Stead
      Ref: NaylorAtt: 14,128
      CRYSTAL PALACE
      BRISTOL CITY

      Possession

      • Crystal Palace 49%
      • Bristol City 51%

      Attempts on target

      • Crystal Palace 1
      • Bristol City 1

      Attempts off target

      • Crystal Palace 1
      • Bristol City 7

      Corners

      • Crystal Palace 1
      • Bristol City 2

      Fouls

      • Crystal Palace 12
      • Bristol City 8
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:16 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
      • 90:00+3:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Marrow on Marvin Elliott. Free kick taken by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
      • 90:00+3:40 Booking Alex Marrow goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
      • 90:00+2:06 Effort from the edge of the box by Marvin Elliott goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 90:00+0:17 Wilfried Zaha delivers the ball.
      • 89:51 The ball is swung over by Neil Danns, Damion Stewart manages to make a clearance.
      • 89:31 The ball is crossed by Alex Marrow, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.
      • 83:10 Neil Danns concedes a free kick for a foul on Kalifa Cisse. Louis Carey restarts play with the free kick.
      • 81:43 Anthony Gardner challenges Albert Adomah unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
      • 81:43 Booking Anthony Gardner shown a yellow card.
      • 80:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Danns on Marvin Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Liam Fontaine.
      • 80:07 Substitution Darren Ambrose leaves the field to be replaced by Calvin Andrew.
      • 79:34 Effort from just inside the area by Ivan Sproule hits the post.
      • 74:17 Brett Pitman crosses the ball, free kick awarded for a foul by Marvin Elliott on Anthony Gardner. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
      • 74:05 Ivan Sproule produces a cross.
      • 71:58 Substitution Kalifa Cisse joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cole Skuse.
      • 70:21 The ball is delivered by Sean Scannell, clearance made by Damion Stewart.
      • 69:08 Marvin Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steffen Iversen. Direct free kick taken by Patrick McCarthy.
      • 69:08 Substitution Sean Scannell on for Jermaine Easter.
      • 67:39 Jermaine Easter is ruled offside. Liam Fontaine takes the free kick.
      • 67:39 Substitution David Clarkson goes off and Ivan Sproule comes on.
      • 64:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David James by Jermaine Easter. Free kick taken by David James.
      • 63:11 Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Liam Fontaine results in a free kick. Darren Ambrose takes the direct free kick.
      • 62:59 Steffen Iversen sends in a cross, save by David James.
      • 60:50 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Cole Skuse.
      • 58:42 Substitution Pablo Counago goes off and Steffen Iversen comes on.
      • 56:51 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Easter by Marvin Elliott results in a free kick. Darren Ambrose takes the free kick.
      • 55:49 Jermaine Easter is ruled offside. David James takes the free kick.
      • 55:03 Darren Ambrose has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.
      • 52:19 Patrick McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on David Clarkson. Louis Carey restarts play with the free kick.
      • 49:51 Alex Marrow concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Free kick taken by Liam Fontaine.
      • 47:57 Cole Skuse fouled by Pablo Counago, the ref awards a free kick. Louis Carey restarts play with the free kick.
      • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:02 The ref blows to signal half-time.
      • 45:00+0:37 Jamal Campbell-Ryce is adjudged to have handled the ball. Patrick McCarthy takes the free kick.
      • 43:41 Centre by Darren Ambrose, save by David James.
      • 43:33 Nathaniel Clyne delivers the ball, Damion Stewart makes a clearance.
      • 43:14 The ball is delivered by Wilfried Zaha.
      • 43:02 The ball is delivered by Nathaniel Clyne, clearance by Liam Fontaine.
      • 41:56 A cross is delivered by Jermaine Easter, Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
      • 40:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Easter. Free kick taken by Liam Fontaine.
      • 37:31 Brett Pitman has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
      • 34:59 Unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott by Neil Danns results in a free kick. Cole Skuse restarts play with the free kick.
      • 34:02 The assistant referee flags for offside against Albert Adomah. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
      • 33:01 Drilled left-footed shot by Jermaine Easter. Save by David James.
      • 30:49 Centre by Darren Ambrose.
      • 28:49 The ball is sent over by Wilfried Zaha, clearance made by Cole Skuse.
      • 27:33 David Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott. Free kick taken by Cole Skuse.
      • 27:13 A cross is delivered by Brett Pitman, save by Julian Speroni.
      • 25:03 Shot on goal by Albert Adomah from just inside the area goes over the target.
      • 24:37 Jamal Campbell-Ryce takes a outswinging corner.
      • 23:41 Wilfried Zaha sends in a cross, Louis Carey makes a clearance.
      • 23:14 Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce on Alex Marrow, free kick awarded. Alex Marrow takes the free kick.
      • 22:20 Jermaine Easter concedes a free kick for a foul on Damion Stewart. Free kick taken by Damion Stewart.
      • 22:13 The ball is sent over by Albert Adomah, Julian Speroni makes a save.
      • 21:53 David Clarkson takes a shot. Anthony Gardner gets a block in.
      • 20:22 Foul by Liam Fontaine on Wilfried Zaha, free kick awarded. Darren Ambrose crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.
      • 18:16 The official flags Brett Pitman offside. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
      • 16:39 Damion Stewart is penalised for a handball. Free kick crossed by Darren Ambrose, clearance by Damion Stewart.
      • 16:11 The ball is sent over by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Brett Pitman has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
      • 15:35 Unfair challenge on Damion Stewart by Pablo Counago results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David James.
      • 14:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Fontaine on Wilfried Zaha. Darren Ambrose restarts play with the free kick.
      • 11:58 Outswinging corner taken by Darren Ambrose.
      • 11:38 The referee gives a free kick against David Clarkson for handball. Free kick taken by David Wright.
      • 10:56 Wilfried Zaha delivers the ball.
      • 5:53 Marvin Elliott has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.
      • 4:20 Damion Stewart challenges Jermaine Easter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Ambrose takes the direct free kick.
      • 3:13 Cole Skuse has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
      • Correction - 1:10 The ball is crossed by Wilfried Zaha, Damion Stewart makes a clearance.
      • 1:10 The ball is sent over by Wilfried Zaha.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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      Npower Championship table snapshot

      As it stood on 22 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 QPR 26 27 49
      2 Cardiff 27 12 47
      3 Norwich 27 9 47
      4 Swansea 28 9 47
      5 Leeds 28 7 45
      6 Nott'm Forest 25 13 43
      7 Watford 26 13 42
      8 Reading 27 13 41
      9 Millwall 27 7 39
      10 Leicester 28 -5 39
      11 Burnley 26 6 37
      12 Hull 27 -1 37
      13 Coventry 27 -1 36
      14 Derby 27 0 34
      15 Doncaster 25 -3 34
      16 Barnsley 26 -7 34
      17 Bristol City 27 -10 32
      18 Portsmouth 26 -4 31
      19 Ipswich 26 -6 31
      20 Middlesbrough 27 -5 30
      21 Sheff Utd 27 -17 27
      22 Crystal Palace 27 -21 26
      23 Scunthorpe 25 -18 24
      24 Preston 26 -18 21


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