Despite Norwich‘s recent good form, it came as a shock when Crystal Palace made a spectacular comeback, especially as they have only taken three points out of the last ten games.
The game started well for the home fans, with Norwich igniting the match when the ever deadly Wes Hoolahan released Simeon Jackson, whose shot ricocheted off the bar.
Jackson nearly got in again moments later from a poor back pass, but Speroni was alert and just outpaced the striker to the ball.
Former Tottenham, Ajax and Holland international Edgar Davids proved his talent with a great pass to Garvan, whose shot was inches wide.
Palace’s pressure continued as Zaha’s effort was just wide after a quick counter attack and good pass from Andrew Dorman.
Zaha continued to look dangerous and after skipping over a couple of challenges it took a superb last ditch tackle from Andrew Crofts to deny Zaha a shot on goal.
Norwich absorbed the pressure and created a chance of their own, as Lappin’s corner was cleared back to him, his shot was then hacked off the line by Davids.
But it was Palace whose defense was broken first when Lappin’s cross was met by the boot of Norwich Captain Grant Holt, who didn’t fail to find the back of the net.
At half time the Eagles manager George Burley took off the experienced Davids and bought on Djalili, which appeared to have an immediate effect on the team making them look much more of a threat than the first half.
On the 56th minute it was Palace who got the equaliser after a short corner, then crossed by Garvan found the head of Julian Bennett who buried it from 6 yards out.
Despite Ruddys good save from Dorman, the Eagles took the lead in the 63rd minute through Anthony Gardner. Garvan’s corner went to the near post, for Gardner to head in through the outstretched Ruddy.
Despite Norwich’s best efforts they could not break down the defence of Crystal Palace in spite of McNamee’s good shot, giving Palace all 3 points.
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