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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 tally rattled up, the woodwork left quivering twice, but Cardiff still emerged unscathed. They celebrated a point with gusto in front of their fans at the end. To be outside the bottom three at the season’s midway point is impressive and will stoke their belief for the months ahead.

Their resilience was to be admired, even if Palace, whose recent revival has come from eye-catching, rather than scrappy, goals from open play, should have found a way to prevail. The home side mustered 31 attempts but only five tested the excellent Neil Etheridge in the visitors’ goal with countless other crosses skimming harmlessly across the six-yard box. Michy Batshuayi, offered by Chelsea as they seek to cancel his loan at Valencia, might have had a field day. Dominic Solanke, mooted as available at Liverpool, may have only one Premier League goal to his name but even he might have fancied his chances as the barrage intensified in the latter stages.

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