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Premiership: Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane ended Southampton’s goal drought at home by scoring a late winner against Crystal Palace to send the Saints fifth in the Premier League.

The Senegalese chipped over Julian Speroni after the Palace keeper could not hold James Ward-Prowse’s shot.

The visitors had looked most likely to score with Wilfried Zaha striking a post in the second half.

But a first home goal in four games handed Alan Pardew a first away defeat since becoming Palace boss in January.

For long periods in the game it looked like Southampton’s woes in front of goal would continue.

Mane was guilty of several glaring misses in the first half, but the introduction of substitute Ward-Prowse made a difference as his surging run led to a first Saints goal in six hours and 27 minutes at St Mary’s.

The result was also a first victory in four league games for Ronald Koeman’s side, who remain in contention for a Champions League place despite their recent poor form.

They are now a point behind fourth-placed Manchester United, having played a game more.

For much of the first half the hosts clearly lacked confidence in the final third despite enjoying the vast majority of possession, with Eljero Elia finally testing Speroni five minutes before the break.

Graziano Pelle, who has summed up Southampton’s dip in form, failed to take advantage of the rebound as his personal goal drought extended to 11 league games.

The visitors, who were without the suspended Mile Jedinak and Glenn Murray, offered little in response during a drab first half, and were content to defend in numbers. They claimed that Yannick Bolasie and Dwight Gayle were brought down in the penalty area, although both appeals were muted.

This was Alan Pardew’s third trip to St Mary’s following a 4-0 defeat as Newcastle boss earlier in the season and a win with Palace in the FA Cup in January.

Yet having soaked up the pressure in the first half, his side became more expansive after the break. First Jason Puncheon drew a decent stop from Fraser Forster before they created two chances in succession as Bolasie tested the goalkeeper and Zaha hit the post.

Sensing a change in the game’s flow, Koeman brought on Dusan Tadic from the bench and the Serb almost set up the opener when his corner was flicked on by Pelle with Maya Yoshida unable to guide his touch goalwards.

But it was Ward-Prowse’s intervention which proved decisive as he created the opening for Mane, who scored his sixth goal of the season.

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Premiership: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

The Gunners went ahead through an early penalty from Santi Cazorla following a trip by Pape Souare on Danny Welbeck, which the Palace bench protested had been just outside the area.

Referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistant were central to another big call on the stroke of half-time when Welbeck was waved onside and Olivier Giroud netted a second from the rebound after the England forward’s shot had been blocked.

Palace showed plenty of endeavour to try to get back into the match, and grabbed a stoppage-time consolation through substitute Glenn Murray, who then hit the post with a flying header as Arsenal held on to close out victory to climb back above Southampton, who play Liverpool on Sunday, and Manchester United, beaten at Swansea.

The tone for what was a hard-fought contest was set early when Fraizer Campbell was caught on the chest by a high boot from Francis Coquelin, Arsenal’s new midfield enforcer.

However, Clattenburg gave only a free-kick and no card – much to the disbelief of the Palace bench.

The home management team could then not believe it moments later when Arsenal were awarded a penalty.

Souare, making his Premier League debut after signing from Lille, came across to try to block Welbeck, but tripped the Arsenal forward as he darted away down the right.

The initial contact looked right on the edge of the penalty area, and Clattenburg immediately pointed to the spot.

Cazorla made no mistake from the spot as he sent Julian Speroni the wrong way for his seventh goal of the season.

Palace looked to make an instant response, pushing Arsenal back with some direct balls into the danger area.

Coquelin eventually went into the notebook for a late trip on Campbell as the match continued to be played with plenty of positive aggression.

Arsenal doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time.

Alexis Sanchez played a perfectly-weighted pass into the left side of the penalty area for Welbeck, who was adjudged onside as he ran across the Palace backline.

The England forward sent in a low, angled drive, which Speroni palmed out and Giroud was alert to get to the loose ball ahead of three defenders to stab home his 50th Arsenal goal.

Palace looked to make a positive start to the second half, and pushed Arsenal back as Wilfried Zaha caused problems down the right channel, forcing a string of corners before a looping header from Mesut Ozil dropped onto the top of the crossbar.

The German, who has returned from a knee injury a much stronger player, broke away on 57 minutes and fed Sanchez on the overlap down the left.

Arsenal’s leading scorer burst into the box and then stabbed the ball just wide of the far post, when both Welbeck and Giroud were screaming for a pass.

Palace were forced into a change when Campbell limped off with what looked like a hamstring problem and was replaced by Yannick Bolasie.

There was a stoppage when David Ospina went down a few minutes after the goalkeeper had come racing out of his penalty area to jump over Per Mertesacker and head a long ball clear.

After some treatment for what appeared to be a back problem, play continued.

Palace continued to push Arsenal back, as Dwight Gayle sent a bullet header just over before Jason Puncheon’s 20-yard free-kick curled just wide.

With 15 minutes left, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, whose side host Monaco in the Champions League next week, looked to shore up the side as defender Kieran Gibbs came on for Welbeck and Ozil was replaced by Tomas Rosicky.

Palace boss Alan Pardew sent on Murray for Gayle and Shola Ameobi made his debut to replace Joe Ledley.

Murray saw a late close-range header saved on the line by Ospina, who was then beaten in another goalmouth scramble during five minutes of added time.

Palace almost snatched a dramatic equaliser at the death as Ospina flapped at a left-wing cross, which Murray crashed against the base of the post with a flying header.

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FA Cup: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool exorcise Selhurst Park demons, reach FA Cup quarterfinals

Liverpool exorcised some demons at Selhurst Park by reaching the FA Cup quarterfinals with an impressive win against Crystal Palace.

Brendan Rodgers’ side returned to south London in Saturday’s late kick-off looking to avoid another horror show at the ground where last season’s title dreams went up in smoke before then suffering a 3-1 loss this term.

An early Fraizer Campbell goal had the Reds fearing another nightmare result, yet their dominance eventually told as Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana goals secured a 2-1 comeback win.

Victory keeps alive the dream of Steven Gerrard ending his Liverpool career by holding the FA Cup aloft on his 35th birthday, although for a while it looked like Alan Pardew could be involved in another upset against the Merseyside giants.

The Palace manager’s extra-time winner secured the Eagles a famous win against the Reds in the 1990 FA Cup semi-final and he was celebrating again after 15 minutes, when a gaffe from Martin Skrtel allowed Campbell to slot home.

Dwight Gayle could have doubled that lead as half-time approached but that would have been harsh on Liverpool, who had 17 shots over the course of the opening period.

Furthermore, Palace debutant Pape Souare got away with a penalty after taking down Sturridge, who started the comeback four minutes after the break, finishing a fine team move with aplomb.

It was a fantastic volley from the England striker, whose international team-mate Lallana scored what proved to be the 58th minute decider – directing home after Julian Speroni failed to deal with a stinging Mario Balotelli free-kick.

Few could argue with the result as Liverpool impressed from the outset, with Sturridge directing a Lazar Markovic cross wide early on.

Rodgers’ side were looking decent but they were almost caught out when Joe Ledley sent a wonderful through ball to Gayle, only for Skrtel to cut out his threatening cross.

It was a timely interception by the Slovakian defender, who undid that good work in the 15th minute.

Skrtel’s attempted clearance from a high Ledley ball forwards ended going backwards after a slight nudge from Gayle. The forward chased the loose ball and forced Simon Mignolet into a save, only for the ball to fall kindly for Campbell to slot home.

It was a sucker punch but one Liverpool responded well to.

Speroni did fantastically to prevent Lallana drawing parity after a fine, intricate team move, before Philippe Coutinho tested the Palace goalkeeper in twice quick succession.

Jordan Henderson was the next to call him into action, before Sturridge was left perplexed as to why referee Robert Madley did not point to the spot soon after being brought down by Souare.

The visiting fans certainly let their displeasure known, although that anger almost turned to joy as Joe Allen volleyed just wide, with Coutinho and Markovic having efforts as Pardew’s men rode their luck.

Liverpool were in complete control yet would have gone in two-down at the break was it not for Mignolet stopping Gayle.

A two-goal deficit would have harsh and, smelling blood, Balotelli was brought on in place of Markovic at the break.

Palace, too, made a change with Marouane Chamakh replaced by Jason Puncheon, who flashed an effort over within a minute of his introduction.

It was again Liverpool looking the most threatening side and they drew level in some style inside four minutes of the restart.

Allen’s ball between the lines found Henderson, whose cute, clipped ball was met by a wonderful left-footed volley by Sturridge.

Palace attempted to go back ahead through Joel Ward and Gayle, although Liverpool were looking confident and went ahead in the 58th minute.

Scott Dann was adjudged to have fouled Balotelli, whose stinging effort from the result free-kick was spilled by Speroni into the path of Lallana.

Palace went with a more attacking approach in search of a leveller but they were struggling to break down the Liverpool defence and create clear-cut chances.

The Reds appeared happy to soak up the pressure and Henderson saw a cross cut out by Scott Dann, before Rickie Lambert had an effort deflect over.

Gayle blazed a late free-kick over but Palace never really looked like drawing level as Palace fell to a second defeat in all competitions under Pardew.

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Premiership: Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew earned a point in his first match against former club Newcastle as Fraizer Campbell’s goal secured a draw.

Palace had the better of the first half, with a headed goal from Campbell ruled out for offside.

Newcastle took the lead with their first shot on target, Papiss Cisse nodding in Daryl Janmaat’s cross.

But the hosts struck back through Campbell to deny the Magpies a second win under new boss John Carver.

The battling point continues the Eagles’ impressive run since Pardew took over – they have now taken 10 points from a possible 15.

They are 13th in the Premier League table, just two places behind Newcastle, having been eight positions beneath the Magpies when Pardew switched clubs.

Palace had lost eight of their previous 10 matches against Newcastle but Wilfried Zaha soon tested Tim Krul, before Joe Ledley flicked a header over the bar from Jason Puncheon’s free-kick.

Campbell replaced the injured Yaya Sanogo midway through the first half. The striker almost made an immediate impact, but his glancing header from Puncheon’s cross was correctly adjudged offside.

Newcastle then struck against the run of play as Janmaat skipped past Zaha and curled in a superb delivery for Cisse to head his 10th goal of the season.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini appeared to be struck by a coin thrown from the crowd as the visitors celebrated.

With his team staring at a second defeat in three Premier League matches, Pardew brought on Yannick Bolasie in place of Martin Kelly.

And the winger had an instant impact, delivering a superb cross from the right which Campbell slid in from three yards.

Palace continued to attack but Krul saved a point for the visitors with a brilliant sprawling save from Brede Hangeland’s goal-bound header.

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Premiership: Wilfried Zaha ‘glad to be back permanently’ at Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha has tweeted that he is delighted to have agreed a permanent return to Crystal Palace from Manchester United.

The move has not been officially confirmed by either club, but Zaha posted:  “Glad to be back permanently and appreciate all the messages.”

Palace, who sold the 22-year-old winger to United for £15m in January 2013, re-signed him on loan in August.

When completed the deal is expected to be worth an initial £3m.

The fee could rise to £6m with add-ons, while United also have a sell-on clause.

Zaha was the final signing made by Sir Alex Ferguson before retiring as Manchester United manager.

On his arrival, the winger was immediately loaned back to Palace, helping them win promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in 2013.

When he finally moved to Old Trafford he struggled to make an impact, playing just four times under David Moyes, Ferguson’s successor, before joining Cardiff on loan in January 2014.

Zaha, who has been capped twice by England, marked his return to Palace by scoring in a 3-3 Premier League draw at Newcastle in August.

Palace have also signed central midfielder Andreas Breimyr from Norwegian second-tier side Bryne FK.

The 18-year-old, whose move is subject to international clearance, will be loaned back to Bryne until June.

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FA Cup: Southampton 2-3 Crystal Palace

Marouane Chamakh struck twice to inspire Crystal Palace to a thrilling win at Southampton and a first FA Cup fifth round appearance in five seasons.

The striker slid in a rebound to level Graziano Pelle’s prodded close-range opener as the sides served up four goals in 13 first-half minutes.

Yaya Sanogo slammed in his first Palace goal with the aid of a deflection to cancel out Scott Dann’s own goal.

And Chamakh sealed the win before half-time, rounding Fraser Forster to net.

It was a potent return from injury for Chamakh, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since 13 December.

His winner confirmed Palace’s second last-16 appearance in 12 years and the striker was superbly supported by Sanogo, Wilfried Zaha and Fraizer Campbell.

They terrorised the Premier League’s tightest defence. Ronald Koeman’s side had conceded two goals in a game only once this season but Palace’s three efforts from just 36% possession in the first half underlined their clinical display.

Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had to defend his approach towards the FA Cup this week, having won just one tie in four seasons on Tyneside – a record he has now surpassed in three weeks at Palace.

It is now four wins from four for the 53-year-old and his side ended Southampton’s eight-match unbeaten run in the process.

Saints, whose manager Koeman has won domestic cups in Netherlands with Ajax and Spain with Valencia, led twice early on.

Pelle’s prod from an in-swinging corner was followed swiftly by Chamakh’s first goal since August, as he bravely followed up on Sanogo’s shot to net from four yards.

Southampton, runners-up in 2003, have reached round five in six of the last 12 seasons and led again when Dann skewed into his own goal at the near post, but they again squandered the advantage quickly.

Sanogo and Campbell had drawn saves from Forster either side of Dann’s unfortunate moment and they continued to probe – equalising when Sanogo slammed in the exceptional Zaha’s pass with the aid of a wicked deflection.

And Palace were ahead before the break when Chamakh collected a diagonal through-ball on his chest before rounding Forster, ensuring both his shots on the day yielded goals.

Southampton pushed hard after the break but barely forced a save, with a wall of yellow shirts blocking shots and intercepting in key areas as Palace moved within three wins of a Wembley final.

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Premiership: Burnley 2-3 Crystal Palace

For the second weekend running Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon rescued Crystal Palace to secure a significant victory at Burnley.

The pair both scored in the come-from-behind win over Tottenham seven days ago and repeated the feat at Turf Moor as the Eagles recovered from being 2-0 down after 16 minutes to seal a 3-2 success.

Burnley appeared to be coasting after Ben Mee and Danny Ings struck in quick succession, but they were pegged back before Gayle’s second three minutes from time extended Alan Pardew’s unbeaten run since he took over at Selhurst Park.

The former Newcastle manager has got two of his attacking players scoring and, if he manages the same trick with on-loan Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, who made his debut, he can expect to see his side climb even further away from the relegation zone than the four points they now are.

It will be a different story for Burnley, just a point above the bottom three, if they continue to pass up such opportunities as this.

They have not won back-to-back home league games since April when they were in the Championship and defeat ended a three-match unbeaten spell in the league.

Tennis season seemed a long way off in snowy Lancashire, but two disputed line calls were involved in Burnley, extending their own Premier League record by naming an unchanged side for the eighth consecutive match, taking a 2-0 lead.

Kieran Trippier’s corner may have been taken from outside the quadrant, but that would not have contributed to Joe Ledley’s inability to mark Mee, who lost his man to head home at the far post from barely a yard out.

The second was more hotly contested as Joel Ward tried to shepherd Mee’s clearance into touch only for Scott Arfield to muscle the full-back out of the way, keep the ball in play – despite Palace protestations – and slide a pass inside for Ings to charge through the middle and slot past Julian Speroni.

Pardew’s decision to swap over his wingers paid off when Wilfried Zaha’s pace helped him beat two markers and, although James McArthur’s effort was blocked by the seemingly omnipresent Mee, the rebound was drilled home by Gayle.

It was Palace’s first away goal in 453 minutes, since Mile Jedinak’s effort at Swansea on November 29.

Zaha was enjoying more success the right, but Sanogo, despite holding up the ball well, was given few opportunities, with his best coming from the last action of the first half with a header hooked over by Arfield.

Burnley’s inactivity for Palace’s equaliser three minutes after the interval was inexcusable, however.

Puncheon picked up the ball just inside the opposition half, but was allowed to turn and run 25 yards unchallenged and he took full advantage to beat Tom Heaton with a low shot just inside the goalkeeper’s right-hand post.

The momentum was all with the visitors now and, although Michael Keane’s volley was cleared off the line by McArthur, substitute Glenn Murray hit a post before Heaton was beaten by Gayle’s angled shot late on.

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FA Cup: Dover 0-4 Crystal Palace

New Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew enjoys winning start at Dover

Scott Dann, Dwight Gayle and Kevin Doyle ensured Alan Pardew was given a winning start to life as Crystal Palace manager as the Eagles avoided FA Cup third-round embarrassment at Dover.

Pardew — finally announced as Neil Warnock’s replacement on Saturday — was in the dugout at the Crabble and was able to preside over a 4-0 win against the Conference side.

Centre-half Dann tucked away two first-half goals to stave off any threat of a shock and Gayle added a third to put the result beyond doubt, before forgotten man Doyle added a late fourth.

The Republic of Ireland striker had made just four appearances prior to this one, failing to make an impact during his loan from Wolves. His showing from the bench could give Pardew something to think about ahead of the expiry of that agreement later this month.

That is one of the things Pardew will have to contemplate over the coming days, but in the short-term he will be happy to be up and running. To their credit, Palace never really looked like being fodder for a shock, starting well and continuing to probe.

Striker Glenn Murray, back after a loan spell with Reading, got a fine header in but goalkeeper Andy Rafferty threw himself to his left and pushed behind.

That was just a temporary let-off, though. Ten minutes in Wilfried Zaha’s cross was inadvertently flicked into Dann’s path and, from six yards out, he was able to beat Rafferty.

All Palace’s best chances were falling to Dann and just after the half-hour he could have had a second, losing his footing as he looked to convert Stuart O’Keefe’s dangerous cross.

But with the ball going out for a corner, Dann had an immediate chance to redeem himself and did so, heading in Barry Bannan’s corner.

Joel Ward was unlucky not to add a third before the break too, with Rafferty doing well to adjust his body at his near post as the full-back whipped in a 25-yarder that was deflected.

Palace continued to attack after the break, Martin Kelly shooting over and then Gayle having a hit charged down, while the striker also felt he had a case for a penalty when he appeared to be brought down by Tom Bonner.

Gayle would have the last laugh, though, getting into the box with 68 minutes gone and being too quick for Connor Essam, showing good footwork before drilling in a third.

The fourth came three minutes from the end, Doyle on hand to tap in after Bannan’s delightful ball got Jerome Thomas free, with his cross right on the money.

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Premiership: Crystal Palace confirm Alan Pardew as manager

Crystal Palace have appointed ex-Newcastle boss Alan Pardew as their new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The announcement was officially made on Saturday, two days after Pardew watched the London side draw 0-0 with Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Pardew, 53, was given permission by the Magpies to speak to Palace after the clubs agreed compensation on Monday.

The former Palace player replaces Neil Warnock, who was sacked last Saturday .

“I am absolutely delighted to be the new manager of Crystal Palace,” said Pardew, who spent four years playing in the club’s midfield from 1987.

“Everyone knows my history here, what’s important now is to move the club to the next level.

“I believe with the backing of [chairman] Steve [Parish] and the board I can help achieve that and create some new exciting history for the club.”

He also paid tribute to his former club, saying: “It has been a privilege to manage Newcastle United.

“I must thank [owner] Mike Ashley and the board for their unwavering support during my tenure at the club.”

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said his club had wanted a manager with a great track record and proven experience in the Premier League.

“In Alan we have both these things as well as a man who has great affection for this club and shares my determination to take us to the next level,” he said.

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley said Pardew left St James’ Park with “our best wishes and thanks”, adding: “Four years [after Pardew’s appointment], the club is in a far better position, both on and off the field, and Alan has had a big part to play in that.”

Pardew was in the stands as Palace claimed a goalless draw at Aston Villa on New Year’s Day, a result that kept the Selhurst Park club in the relegation zone.

He leaves Newcastle with the Tyneside club sitting 10th in the Premier League. The compensation package demanded by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has not been disclosed.

After becoming Magpies manager in December 2010, former Reading, West Ham, Southampton and Charlton boss Pardew guided United to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League in 2012.

But supporters on Tyneside called for Pardew – who was under contract until 2020 – to be sacked earlier this season when Newcastle were in the bottom three.

Pardew has strong links with Palace and he scored the winning goal as the Eagles beat Liverpool 4-3 after extra time in the 1990 FA Cup last four.

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Premiership: Crystal Palace sack manager Neil Warnock after Southampton defeat

Neil Warnock has become the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season after being dismissed by Crystal Palace.

The 66-year-old joined the Eagles for a second time in August 2014, following the departure of Tony Pulis.

He leaves with Palace in the relegation zone after a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on Boxing Day.

Assistant manager Keith Millen will be in charge for the trip to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

It is understood Palace are looking to appoint a permanent successor as soon as possible.

A club statement  read: “The club would like to put on record its thanks to Neil for all his hard work and energy over the past four months.”

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