Crystal Palace took a giant step to retaining its English Premier League status with a convincing 3-1 victory over fellow relegation candidates Queens Park Rangers at Selhurst Park on Saturday. It was Wilfried Zaha who got the opening goal for the Eagles in the 21st minute after Yannick Bolasie had made a great run to get behind the Rangers defence and delivered a low cross which Zaha bravely poked in at the far post. The QPR full-backs struggled to cope with the pace and skill of Palace’s wingers and it was Bolasie again who produced a great ball into the box which James McArthur stabbed home to double the hosts lead in the 40th minute.
It wasn’t long before Alan Pardew’s men got their third of the match after Zaha found Joel Ward unmarked in the box and the defender curled the ball past Rob Green to have the hosts comfortably leading 3-0 at half-time. The visitors looked far more stable defensively in the second half and had their first attempt on target in the 72nd minute, but Charlie Austin’s header was gathered comfortably by Julian Speroni.
Glenn Murray had an excellent chance to make it four for the hosts in the 74th minute, but his shot was blocked by Steven Caulker. Rangers however did net a consolation goal from a stunning long-range strike from Matty Phillips in the 83rd minute, but it wasn’t enough as Chris Ramsey’s charges suffered their fourth defeat in a row.