26/12/12 Cardiff City (a) 2-1 loss
Perhaps not the top of the table clash that we were all expecting after Palace dropped out of the top two after home draw with Huddersfield. But we were missing both Delaney and Ward for this game though suspension and injury respectively.
You could have been fooled into thinking you were watching Brazil. Palace took the game to the home side and took an early lead through Captain Jedi’s header. It could have been oh so better when Zaha tormented the Welsh defence, cut inside and crashed his shot against the crossbar. The visitors, who in fact had more Welsh players in their squad than the home side, had the majority of the half. But it was lapse when Noone hammered a Bellamy cross into the net which was at first disallowed but then reinstated after protest. The subsequent protests from Palace fell on deaf ears and this proved to be the turning point as the second period proved that there could be a tale of two halves. Cardiff were in the ascendancy and perhaps deservedly took the lead through Gunnarsson and Palace had little to throw back at them in a search for an equaliser.
View from TheEaglesBeak; A loss away to the team at the top of the table is not the issue. It is the expectation that our recent form has given some Palace fans. Foolishly perhaps, but this was only the second loss in 21 matches. Quite an effort that and from a Palace team expected to struggle.
04 Parr – booked (Easter 87’)
07 Bolasie – booked (Moritz 74’)
08 Dikgacoi – booked
15 Jedinak GOAL 4’
16 Zaha – booked
Unused substitutes; 34 Price, 06 Martin, 20 Williams, 22 O’Keefe, 24 Appiah