Bolasie nets Palace narrow win
An early strike from Yannick Bolasie secured Crystal Palace a
1-0 victory over Derby, who missed a late penalty at Pride
The pacey winger clinically scored the game’s only goal for the
promotion hopefuls, who looked good value for the three points
until captain Mile Jedinak fouled substitute Ben Davies in the
penalty area with three minutes remaining.
However, Sammon’s powerful spot-kick was brilliantly deflected
onto the bar by the Argentinian shot-stopper to consign Nigel
Clough’s side to a first home defeat of 2013.
The returning Wilfred Zaha had to wait just five minutes for his
first opportunity – a long ball upfield was flicked on by Glenn
Murray and Zaha’s change of pace allowed him to sear in behind the
Derby backline, only to then shoot straight at Adam Legzdins.
The breakthrough came in the 13th minute in freak circumstances.
Eagles skipper Jedinak won a thunderous challenge inside his own
half and the ball went flying up field to Bolasie, who took full
advantage of Derby’s AWOL backline to coolly round the keeper and
Palace might have had a second three minutes later when
Jedinak’s 25-yard thunderbolt cannoned off the crossbar, while at
the other end only the excellent Damien Delaney’s last-ditch
challenge prevented Sammon going clean through on goal.
Derby began to play their way into the game; Jamie Ward had a
volleyed effort parried behind by Speroni, before John Brayford’s
low cross was only half-cleared to Craig Bryson, who shot straight
at the veteran keeper.
Sammon should have levelled seven minutes after the break when
Chris Martin’s clever overhead kick played Michael Jacobs in down
the left channel and the substitute squared to the Irishman, only
for Speroni to smother his effort after the former Wigan forward
Legzdins did well to deny the visitors a second goal after 65
minutes when he brilliantly tipped Jonathan Williams’ 20-yard
effort over the bar, after the substitute had gone on a dazzling
run from the halfway line.
Derby were enjoying the better of the second half, but when the
ball dropped to Jacobs unmarked 12 yards out he wastefully dragged
his volley wide.
The hosts were struggling to fashion clear-cut opportunities,
but Speroni had to be alert to push away Richard Keogh’s low drive
from the edge of the box, before Sammon’s penalty woe capped a
miserable night for the home fans.