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Live blog: Crystal Palace v Fulham
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- Ian Holloway's Palace are back at home after losing 3-1 away to Liverpool on October 19
- Fulham visit Selhurst Park only two places and four points above their hosts in 17th
- The Eagles are looking look for a second home win of the season having lost six games out of seven on top flight return
Palace still stuck on three points just two above Sunderland at the bottom of the Permier League, the only side they've taken points from so far this season. It already looks a long way back from here.
oh well Crystal Palace, only Arsenal next!!!— @PaulDonegan1980 21 October 2013
Some pretty unpleasent abuse for the officials from the home fans pressing against security to scream at them but their team were well beaten tonight. Perhaps a couple of free kicks should have been given but it was hardly a shocker.
Full time and that's really got to hurt for Ian Holloway's team. Seven defeats from eight games and they've just been between 4-1 at home by a Fulham side who've been under the cosh themselves this season.
Berbatov is off for Rodallega as Fulham boss Martin Jol looks to run down the clock.
Dean Moxey fires at Stekelenburg from range but it's too close to him and the Fulham keeper fists away his fizzing shot from around 25 yards.
Kasimi has nearly rounded off his night with another spectacular goal, this time shaping Berbatov's neat pass curling towards the far corner with the outside of his left foot after a Fulham break. Speroni does well to save.
Lots of Arsenal fans licking their lips on Twitter about playing Palace on Saturday and you can see why unfortunately.
a lot of endeavour from Crystal Palace, but very little polish.. #CRYFUL #EPL— @mikemadoda 21 October 2013
What a waste from Jerome Thomas: a bit too close to try that sort of flighted effort as it sails well over.
Keiran Richardson is booked and there are ironic cheers from Eagles fans. More ring out as Palace are awarded a free kick on the edge of the box for an Amorebiata aerial challenge on Chamakh.
Damien Duff is on for Darren Bent who leaves the field without a goal; guess it just wasn't a night for tap-ins.
Joel Ward heads off on a bit of a run but hits wildy over with his left foot after losing his balance. Back-to-back Palace corners but no goal threat preceded it.
24,881 in tonight and they've seen two brilliant first half goals and a couple of well taken set piece scores in the second. Oh, and Palace did open the scoring but that seems a long time ago now. They do have a corner though..,
Corner for Palace and after chants of "Philippe Senderos: he scores when he wants" from the away fans a chance to threaten the Fulham goal. It comes to nowt though and club heroes Wrighty and Brighty (Ian and Mark) look stony-faced on the sidelines.
A bit more than 70 minutes gone and Fulham have started playing keep ball with their fans cheering every pass in that annoyingly ironic way you can afford to do when you're 4-1 up.
Here comes Kevin Phillips on for Dwight Gayle. Just the three goals to find then please KP!
Stuart O'Keefe gives Steve Sidwell a piece of his mind after a pretty ropy looking Keiran Richardson challenge on Damien Delaney on the edge of the box fails to yield a free kick. Home fans furious as Dwight Gayle had the ball in the net after all that.
The nice bloke next to me in the press box suggests perfectly seriously that Holloway might be looking at his p45 if things don't improve a bit in the last half an hour. Much too early in the season to talk about must-win games but is this one a musn't lose?
Sorry, that should be Philippe. The one time Arsenal stopper couldn't believe his luck after that one.
4-1 Fulham and Palace really aren't helping themselves as they concede again from a corner. This time it's Philip Senderos all alone at the back post to volley home. The ball hit Speroni and got nowhere near the net but it certainly looked over the line.
@FulhamFC Berbatov gives Fulham a cushion Jol desperately would have wanted. Crystal Palace looking disjointed & unsettled. #BPL— @scotty2smithy 21 October 2013
3-1 Fulham. Moments after Speroni saved from Darren Bent after his clearence his Dimitar Barbatov the Bulgarian rises to glance a header from a corner across Speroni and into the bottom far corner.
Brad Hangeland is off for the visitors and Campana was withdrawn for Jerome Thomas for Palace.
Teams back out for the second half and early Palace pressure is kept at bay by Fulham substitute Fernando Amorebiata with a header clear.
Players out for the second half. Perhaps Palace should try swinging the boot at a few from outside the box; fingers crossed it's just that kind of night.
Bit disjointed that half but Fulham would be forgiven for trying a few more from range in the second period. Doubt Kasami and Sidwell will ever have connected that well with a football in their lives.
#cpfc fans applaud and cheers the players off at half time, they've done well and are only behind becausae of two wonder strikes.— @GrahamMoody 21 October 2013
Apart from two thnderbolts from the vistors Palace have been on top but it's 2-1 Fulham at the break and the officials leave the field to a chorus of boos over that 'soft' free kick which led to Sidwell's goal.
2-1 Fulham and it's another stunning volley this time from Steve Sidwell. The home fans weren't happy after Fulham won a free kick five yards from the edge of the box for a something-and-nothing Borlaise challenge. Brian Ruiz hit it straight into the wall and Sidwell hit the spinning ball first time into the top left hand corner without Speroni moving from all of 25 yards. WOW.
Another wasted Puncheon cross, this time with his left, but Palace have been camped in Fulham's half for the last 10 minutes or so.
Parker scythes down Dwight Gayle and Palace have a free kick on the edge of the centre circle but it's wasted as Jason Puncheon's overhit ball into the box goes out for a goal kick.
Yannick Bolaise makes some space for himself but shoots straight at Maarten Stekelenburg in the Fulham goal.
Palace have held their own here and haven't let that sensational goal get them down. Not much you can do about one of those and they've looked solid in this first half hour.
What a bullet from Kasimi #one of the goal of the season contender #CRYFUL— @bangis101 21 October 2013
1-1: Selhurst Park was rocking but Pajtim Kasimi has just scored an unbelievable goal, chesting down a long pass and hitting a Van Basten-esque volley into the roof of the net from a silly angle.
Fulham start with: Stekelenburg, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Richardson, Parker, Sidwell, Kasami, Ruiz, Berbatov, Bent.
Subs: Stockdale, Amorebieta, Zverotic, Karagounis, Boateng, Duff, Rodallega.
Palace line-up: Speroni, Ward, Mariappa, Delaney, Moxey, O'Keefe, Jedinak, Campana, Puncheon, Bolasie, Gayle.
Subs: Price, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, Kebe, Thomas, Phillips, Chamakh
Cracking start for Palace after seven minutes as Campana finds Puncheon, his cross is deflected and Mariappa leaps above Hangeland to head in for 1-0.
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