Crystal Palace 3-1 West Brom: Debutants shine as Palace bag vital win (video)
Crystal Palace made it five wins from seven home games under Tony Pulis, as the Eagles stormed past relegation rivals West Brom 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Two debutants put Palace ahead, after Thomas Ince and Joe Ledley both scored in the first half at Selhurst Park as they made an immediate impact since arriving on transfer deadline day.
Just after the break West Brom got back into it as substitute Thievy Bifouma came off the bench for his debut and scored after 36 seconds on the pitch. Then fellow sub Scott Sinclair forced Palace ‘keeper Julian Speroni into a great save in the 68th minute as the Baggies pushed for an equalizer. Moments later Marouane Chamakh was brought down at the other end by WBA ‘keeper Ben Foster and the Moroccan striker dusted himself off to make it 3-1.
The vital three points see Palace climb to 13th place on 26 points, while West Brom slip into the relegation zone on 23 points after this telling defeat.
Palace went close to opening the scoring as new signing Ince whipped in a great corner that Dikgacoi looped goalwards but Youssuf Mulumbu cleared off the line.
Good defending by the visitors but it was a bright start from the Eagles.
And they were rewarded for that in the 14th minute when Ince grabbed a debut goal as Yannick Bolasie surged at the Baggies defense and the young England winger stole in and chipped home superbly to make it 1-0 to the Eagles. West Brom came back into the game after going behind but failed to carve out any clear cut chances.
Then another debutant scored his first Palace goal, as deadline day signing Ledley from Celtic headed home after a good cross from Jason Puncehon to make it 2-0 to Palace at half time.
In the first attack of the second half half time sub Sinclair got the ball on the left and linked up with fellow sub Thievy, who scored his first goal for West Brom, also on his debut, to make it 2-1 in the 46th minute.
The Baggies were buoyed by that goal and almost equalized in the 66th minute as Sinclair was stopped by a superb save from Palace ‘keeper Julian Speroni. Moments later that save looked even better as Chamakh was tripped in the box by West Brom ‘keeper Ben Foster and referee Chris Foy pointed to the spot.
Chamakh dusted himself off and slotted in the PK to make it 3-1 to Palace, to seal yet another home win for the Eagles.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Ledley, Puncheon (Murray, 72), Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bolasie (Parr, 76), Ince, Chamakh (Thomas, 83)
Goals: Ince (14), Ledley (27), Chamakh (69)
West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell (Sinclair, 45), Yacob (Berahino, 71), Mulumbu, Gera (Thievy, 45), Morrison, Brunt, Anichebe
Goal: Thievy (46)