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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 September, 2004, 21:53 GMT 22:53 UK
C Palace 2-1 Hartlepool
Substitute Tom Soares grabbed an extra-time winner for Crystal Palace as they avoided a shock Carling Cup exit.

Palace went behind on 70 minutes when Hartlepool substitute Eifion Williams slotted home after Gabor Kiraly failed to hold Mike Nelson's shot.

After a string of misses, Dougie Freedman finally scored 10 minutes later to force extra time.

And Soares completed the comeback when he lashed home Danny Granville's knock-down after 110 minutes.


Crystal Palace: Kiraly, Granville, Powell, Sorondo (Borrowdale 88), Boyce, Routledge, Derry (Soares 76), Watson, Kolkka, Freedman, Torghelle (Kaviedes 61).
Subs Not Used: Speroni, Togwell.

Booked: Sorondo, Kolkka.

Goals: Freedman 80, Soares 110.

Hartlepool: Provett, Robson, Tinkler, Nelson, Westwood, Humphreys, Strachan (Maidens 86), Sweeney, Woods (Istead 105), Boyd, Porter (Williams 55).
Subs Not Used: Konstantopoulos, Craddock.

Booked: Tinkler.

Goals: Williams 70.

Att: 4,233

Ref: K Wright (Cambridgeshire).



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