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Crystal Palace v Cardiff City – 7th December

Crystal Palace v Cardiff City – 7th December

Tony Pulis secured Crystal Palace’s first back-to-back Premier League wins since 2004 as Cameron Jerome’s first goal for the club gave them victory over Cardiff City.

Ex-Cardiff striker Jerome headed home seconds after Fraizer Campbell had a header saved at the other end. Marouane Chamakh’s volley sealed the win before Jerome was denied a second by David Marshall’s goal-line save.

The previous time Crystal Palace won back-to-back Premier League games, in 2004, they beat West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City

Victory moved Palace level on points with 17th-placed West Ham.

Fresh from securing his first win as Palace manager against West Ham in midweek, Pulis saw his side control proceedings at Selhurst Park to move within one point of Cardiff.

The Eagles, who have been relegated in every season they have played in the Premier League, have taken 10 points from 15 available, while Cardiff have just one win in nine matches.

The Bluebirds, who have not won since their south Wales derby success over Swansea, have failed to score in their past four away matches and will look back on Campbell’s miss as key.

Pulis says his side can not get carried away

That the striker’s close-range header was saved by Julian Speroni just seconds before Jerome broke the deadlock underlined Palace’s recent change of fortune.

Jerome, who played 73 times for Cardiff, escaped the clutches of his marker and powered a downward header home after neat work by Jason Puncheon.

Pulis claimed hard work should be a given from his players ahead of kick-off and in Jerome and Chamakh, he had two strikers willing to lead from the front.

The tempo settled following a frenetic opening and Barry Bannan benefited from a Chamakh flick to fire wide, before Puncheon’s solo run ended with a wayward drive.

Cardiff, one of eight sides in the Premier League averaging less than a goal a game, improved early in the second period, but when Chamakh coolly volleyed home from 18 yards, a fourth win of the season looked beyond Malky Mackay’s men.

Cardiff’s victory over Swansea in early November is their only win in nine matches. They now sit just one point above the relegation zone.

Chamakh, the match-winner against West Ham, chested down Ben Turner’s headed clearance and drove the ball into the bottom corner.

Substitute Peter Odemwingie headed wide when well placed for the Bluebirds, before Jerome shot from close range to force Marshall into a save in a moment which called for the use of goal-line technology.

Jordon Mutch tested Speroni from distance late on, but it was Jerome who again went closest to registering the game’s third when he pulled a shot wide from inside the area.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis:

“We did very well. We started sloppy and they could have scored but it was a great save from Speroni. From that point onwards though I thought we dominated and deserved it.

“Back to back wins doesn’t half give a club a lift.


“They’re a good group of lads and we have worked a lot on shape and things I think are essential to give you a chance and the players have responded well. You’ve always got a chance if you get yourself organised.

“We can’t get carried away. We’ve a tough run of games now ahead of Christmas. Staying up is a massive ask and a massive task.”

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay:

“I think first five minutes we have a fantastic chance we should have scored. We don’t and they go down the other end and score theirs. You can’t allow teams their chances and not take their own.

“I’m not particularly concerned at the lack of goals, if we weren’t creating chances I’d be worried. We just need to get back onto it again and be clinical.”

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