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Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion: Morrison, Gardner lead Baggies (video)

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Craig Gardner of West Brom (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Joleon Lescott of West Brom during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on April 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

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West Bromwich Albion may’ve made their threats to their safety purely academic with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

James Morrison struck early and Craig Gardner added a gorgeous bit of insurance as the Baggies beat in-form Palace to move into 13th place, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Palace’s table charge is momentarily halted, as Alan Pardew’s boys sit 11th with 42 points.

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A second-minute corner kick did the trick for West Brom, as Chris Brunt’s curling outswinger dipped right into the center of the box. Morrison raced past an off-balance Jason Puncheon to head home uncontested. Alan Pardew wouldn’t be pleased with that, 1-0 West Brom.

A likely save of the week candidate came in the 31st minute, when Boaz Myhill leapt for a reactive save on Yannick Bolasie’s bicycle kick attempt.

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Alan Pardew broke out a pair of halftime subs, taking off Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley in an attempt to spice up the attack, with Dwight Gayle up front and Papa Souare as a threat from left back.

But the Baggies only increased their lead when an out-swinging corner kick drifted through everyone. Gardner raced onto the loose ball about 25 yards out, took a touch and lashed a curler past Speroni. A truly “wow” moment extended the lead to two.

Substitute Yaya Sanogo had an 85th minute goal called back for offsides. He was, albeit by a slim margins.


Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Delaney, Dann, Ledley (Souare, 46'); Bolasie, Jedinak (Gayle, 46'), McArthur (Sanogo, 80'), Zaha; Puncheon; Murray.

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Dawson (Wisdom, 71'), McAuley, Lescott, Brunt, Gardner (Olsson, 81'), Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, Berahino, Anichebe.

Goal: Morrison (2'), Gardner (53')

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