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Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew punishes Aston Villa after Trézéguet red card

Crystal Palace must have ended this contest feeling as if they had entered uncharted territory. A side who had failed to win a home league game until December last season has broken their duck this time round at only the second attempt. If that was not…

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must win all games to retain title

• City win at Palace before Liverpool beat Chelsea• ‘We’ll have to win every game, we know that’Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City will have to win their remaining five Premier League games if they are to retain the title next month after watching …

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Sterling maintains Manchester City’s title push against Crystal Palace

Manchester City will not let up. There was a period of around nine minutes towards the end here when the visitors endured something akin to pangs of anxiety as their hosts pressed fitfully for an unlikely equaliser but this was a straightforward succes…

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Wilfried Zaha finally scores at home to earn Palace draw with West Ham

Wilfried Zaha might not have played in this fixture. The Crystal Palace forward had exercised his right to appeal an extra one-match suspension incurred for sarcastically applauding the referee after his dismissal at Southampton last month and, with th…

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Wilfried Zaha finally scores at home to earn Palace draw with West Ham

Wilfried Zaha might not have played in this fixture. The Crystal Palace forward had exercised his right to appeal an extra one-match suspension incurred for sarcastically applauding the referee after his dismissal at Southampton last month and, with th…

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Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs’ focus should be on top four not cups

• Tottenham manager says trophies only ‘build egos’• Second defeat in four days after League Cup exitMauricio Pochettino has defended his record at Tottenham and argued claiming silverware would serve only to “build egos” rather than maintain progress …

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Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs’ focus should be on top four not cups

• Tottenham manager says trophies only ‘build egos’• Second defeat in four days after League Cup exitMauricio Pochettino has defended his record at Tottenham and argued claiming silverware would serve only to “build egos” rather than maintain progress …

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Connor Wickham ends long wait as Crystal Palace knock out Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur, a side wearing the scars of a World Cup as well as a draining domestic campaign, have staggered out of their second major cup competition inside four days. This felt a rather meek surrender compared to the Carabao Cup elimination at …

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N’Golo Kanté tightens Chelsea’s grip on top four with winner at Crystal Palace

The scoreline may give the impression Chelsea squeezed out a second successive win in their travels but, in reality, Maurizio Sarri’s team may not enjoy too many away victories as comfortable as this. One flash of quality was all it took to claim the s…

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Wilfried Zaha and Crystal Palace frustrated by Cardiff in goalless draw

This was the kind of contest to focus minds at Crystal Palace before next month’s transfer window, when the addition of an instinctive goalscorer will surely be a priority. Roy Hodgson had winced his way through the latter stages as his side’s shot tal…

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Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic holds his nerve to end Arsenal’s winning run

So the winning run has been curtailed at 11. Arsenal’s resurgent streak in all competitions was checked in this corner of south London by an aggressive and energetic Crystal Palace team whose first home goals of the season, both from the penalty spot, …

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Jürgen Klopp delighted with ‘ugly’ Liverpool’s win at Crystal Palace

• Manager hails team’s strength in face of Palace bombardment• Roy Hodgson incensed at soft penalty awardJürgen Klopp praised Liverpool for playing “ugly” to squeeze their way beyond Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and maintain their winning start to t…

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James Milner and Sadio Mané give Liverpool win at 10-man Crystal Palace

Jürgen Klopp will have taken far more satisfaction at this narrow victory than the far more emphatic dismissal of West Ham United on the opening weekend. Crystal Palace, awkward and organised opponents, were seen off in south London to maintain the Mer…

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Wilfried Zaha strikes as Crystal Palace brush aside West Brom

This game ended up a celebration of Roy Hodgson, with the affection bellowed by both sets of supporters. The home support in the Holmesdale end waited until early in the second half to unfurl their banners of appreciation, with the ground then united i…

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Wilfried Zaha stars in Crystal Palace’s five-goal thrashing of Leicester

The majority in this stadium broke away from celebrating their team’s flurry of late goals to serenade Roy Hodgson five minutes from time, the Crystal Palace manager responding with a wave directed at those in the Holmesdale stand. They may not yet be …

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Wilfried Zaha’s double clinches huge derby triumph for Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha had made clear just how much he relished this occasion in the build-up. “I just want to beat them and then they can be quiet,” he had said earlier in the week. “I get so much stick from them… I want to beat them and then they can just g…

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Nemanja Matic’s stunning winner completes Manchester United fightback

This game had drifted into stoppage time at the end when Nemanja Matic, a player whose performance had drifted at times, collected a clearance well outside the Crystal Palace area, waited for the ball to bounce and belted a glorious volley at goal. The…

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Harry Kane leaves it late for Spurs in win over Crystal Palace

This game was approaching its denouement, with Mauricio Pochettino a picture of agitation on the edge of his technical area, when Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Kane finally found their reward. Sustained pressure had thrust Crystal Palace further and furt…

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Luka Milivojevic penalty earns Crystal Palace draw with Newcastle

The grumble on the final whistle told its own story. This was a result which did little for either of these teams as they strive for Premier League survival, leaving both hovering perilously close to the cut-off with desperately difficult fixtures ahea…

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Alexis Sánchez fires Arsenal to victory over Crystal Palace at the double

Arsenal are back to counting this corner of south London as a home from home. Recent history had always suggested last season’s defeat here had been an aberration, a solitary loss suffered in 12 league visits, but on this first return to the ground sin…