Vital Report - Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Villa
Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Villa: Eagles Swoop on Villains.
A debut goal from Bakary Sako three minutes from the end set Palace up for a 2-1 home victory, the first of the season. An energy sapping first half was slow paced due to a very hot day. Sako started in place of Bolasie who was missing for personal reasons. Pardew started with Zaha.
Pardew started with Zaha and Murray up front whilst Aston Villa debutante Traore came on in the sixty-ninth minute and helped Villa get back in the game.
Scott Dann put Palace ahead from a Puncheon corner on seventy-one minutes. An earlier goal from substitute Dwight Gayle was disallowed when it hit James McArthur who was in an offside position. Traore drove into the palace box to set up a cross, which was deflected in by Pape Souare to draw the sides level.
Then came the debutantes moment as Bakary Sako picked up a pass from Scott Dann after Amavi gave the ball away to allow Sako to drill home from the edge of the box to set up a 2-1 victory three minutes from time.
Palace now play Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night in the second round of the League Cup.
Used courtesy of Burchy's Palace Blog.