Crystal Palace fought hard for a well deserved 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park to move into the English Premier League top four. It was clear from the onset that West Brom had come to London in search of a point as they set up defensively in the first half. The majority of the chances were created by the speedy Wilfried Zaha on the right wing.
Zaha cut in twice to force Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill to save twice at his near post but this was the closest both teams came to goal as the first half ended in a stalemate. Tony Pulis’ tactics seemed to be paying off as the Baggies
defence did not look like it would be breached, until a well worked cross by Yohan Cabaye found Yanick Bolasie at the back post. It was a quiet afternoon for the Palace defence as the visitors provided very little for them to do.
Zaha was finally rewarded for his hard work as he earned a penalty, cutting in from the right again but this time brought down by Chris Brunt in the box giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Cabaye slotted home the penalty to put the Eagles two nil up. Pulis’ players only managed two shots on target by the final whistle.
Alan Pardew’s side move into third place with the win, just one point behind log leaders Manchester United, having won two games on the bounce. West Brom still languishing in the nether regions of the log and will be put under pressure if teams below them win.