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

fire home.

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.