Wickham nets as Palace secure away win at Stoke

Date published: Saturday 19th December 2015 4:53

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Goals from Connor Wickham and Lee Chung-Yong earned Crystal Palace a 2-1 win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Substitute Lee’s brilliant 88th-minute winner earned Palace their fifth away victory of the season in an impressive win over Mark Hughes’ side.

The Eagles took the lead in first-half stoppage-time through a penalty from Wickham, his first goal for the club, after Glenn Whelan had clattered into the back of Wilfried Zaha’s leg.

Despite three fine saves from Wayne Hennessey, the Potters levelled from the spot themselves when Bojan Krkic converted after referee Robert Madley deemed Damien Delaney had handled inside the area.

Alan Pardew’s men would find a late winner, though, as Lee rifled a measured first-time effort into the far corner of Jack Butland’s net from a semi-cleared corner.

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Lee Chung Yong: Celebrates for Palace


Xherdan Shaqiri had overcame a hamstring injury to return to the starting line-up alongside Marko Arnautovic and Bojan as Hughes named the triumvirate that had dismantled then leaders Manchester City two weeks earlier.

The Potters only needed to go past the three-minute point to mark 500 minutes without conceding in the top flight when captain Ryan Shawcross had been on the pitch.

At the other end, Shaqiri was experiencing a fairly nondescript afternoon – typified by a snatched shot that went well wide – but he and Stoke finally came to life when the Swiss danced beyond a couple of defenders before Damien Delaney slid in to smother his effort.

Bojan drew Hennessey into a decent save, Ibrahim Afellay lashed an attempt high and wide and Stoke then struck the post as Erik Pieters’ cross was touched on to the woodwork by Marco van Ginkel’s prod.

The visitors, missing Yohan Cabaye because of a heel injury, had been quiet yet that all changed on the stroke of half-time when Whelan barged into Zaha’s left leg in the area after the hosts had failed to clear a free-kick.

In Cabaye’s absence, Wickham stepped up and drilled the stoppage-time spot-kick straight down the middle.

Hennessey continued to be the busier keeper after the break with a fine one-handed save to thwart Glen Johnson after the full-back had cut onto his left foot.

Palace’s counter-attacking threat came to the fore once they had a one-goal advantage, though, and James McArthur’s sliding effort almost went past Butland’s body, while Marouane Chamakh, on as a substitute for injured goal-scorer Wickham, fired wide on another break.

Arnautovic, who moments earlier was unable to force home a scrappy corner, saw an effort deflected narrowly wide by Joel Ward’s block and it looked like it might be one of those days for the hosts.

That feeling did not change when Madley did not give a penalty for a shove on Arnautovic, the ball breaking to Bojan, whose one-on-one try was saved by Hennessey.

However, Madley did point to the spot in Stoke’s next attack as the ball came down and struck Delaney’s hand from a header. Having just been denied by Hennessey, Bojan won the duel this time by sticking the penalty away to the keeper’s right.

Neither side looked content with a point, Shaqiri’s free-kick dropping just wide and Butland denying Yannick Bolasie, and Lee won it with a controlled attempt past Butland after Glen Johnson’s block had come out to the South Korean.

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