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Alan Pardew in winning start as Crystal Palace knock soul out of Dover

In the end the only real shock in this third round FA Cup tie at the Crabble was quite how easily Crystal Palace disposed of potentially difficult Conference opponents in the shape of Dover Athletic who, despite coming into the match with nothing to lose but a 16-match unbeaten run, proceeded to do so without having a shot on target.

If this looked a tricky first act in the dawning of the second age of Pardew at Selhurst Park, by the end the biggest challenge Palace’s new manager faced in the course of this 4-0 victory was shadowing his eyes from the low winter sun as he stood in front of the dinky opposition dugout at this tight, low-slung corrugated arena, nestled into a pleasant woodland nook to the north of the town centre.

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