Crystal Palace v Coventry City 07/04/08

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CRYSTAL PALACE 1 v 1 COVENTRY CITY

FULL TIME: And that's that, another draw for Palace so that's three on the bounce. Cadogan encouraged to wave to the crowd on his way and rightly so, he gave a dull Palace side a bit of spark when he came on. Next up is Cardiff here on Saturday, see you then.

90 min: Three minutes added on.

88 min: It's Palace doing the pressing as Kuqi is penalised for handball in the box.

86 min: SUB: Eastwood off, Best on.

85 min: Oh I do love 3G, my connection just died again. There's a lot of effort from Palace but few chances.

78 min: Derry should put Palcae ahead but he shoots just wide from the edge of the area. He had to get that on target.

76 min: Palace playing better and the crowd is noisy now, well better than it was anyway, but the Eagles look vulnerable when Coventry break.

73 min: YELLOW CARD. Davis booked for his protests after he is adjudged to have fouled Gunnarson and from the free kick Palace fail to clear and Eastwood does an air shot from four yards with the goal gaping. Oh dear.

71 min: GOAL! Palace level and it's a gift but Cadogan won't care as he nets a debut goal. Moses played a ball though and it was a poor one but Turner let it go thinking it would run through to Westwood only for Cadogan to be lurking behind him. He looks a bit surprised but keeps his calm, rounds the keeper and scores.

68 min: SUB: Stokes off, Rui on. Stokes hasn't impressed again, spending too much time concentrating on fancy flicks.

67 min: Attendance: 12,878 - by far the lowest of the season I believe.

65 min: Gunnarsson keeps finding space and again could have scored, this time Lee Hills in the right place at the right time to clear off the line as Palace fail to clear a scramble in their box.

61 min: Gunnarsson should have had a second as he pulls Turner's magnificent long ball out of the air at the back post but blazes over.

60 min: SUB: Keiron Cadogan becomes the latest member of the Palace academy to play for the first team, replacing Ifill who has disappointed again.

58 min: Coventry pulling everyone back when Palace get a corner. They've had quite a few in this game today but nothing has come from any of Stokes deliveries.

55 min: A little more impetus from Palace this half but still no quality. For those wondering how Lee Hills is doing he has done pretty well really and kept a cool head.

52 min: Sorry everyone I lost signal there for a little bit, you didn't miss much. Morrison has flicked a header just over and Derry and Kuqi have had long shots go over and wide. Cadogan's debut looks imminent.

46 min: And we're off again, no changes but Warnock is talking to Rui and Cadogan on the bench.

HALF TIME: Palace playing like it's a pre-season friendly and the atmosphere in the ground reflects that. The few times the Eagles have given the fans something to cheer they then go and give the ball away. Let's hope to see the youngsters in the second half and hopefully they will add some sparkle to a dull Palace side.

45 min: Two minutes added on.

41 min: Finally Palace showing some bottle as Fonte and Derry win 50 50s in the middle of the park and Stokes lets fly from 30 yards only to see Westwood palm his effort away from the top corner. Good try and at last the Eagles fans have something to cheer about.

39 min: Chance for Palace and it's Morrison that denies them clearing off the line as Stokes' corner more hits Danns than anything else and heads goalwards.

37 min: Moses picks up the ball on the half way line and runs at the box again but again his decision making is poor as he opts to shoot instead of playing in Kuqi or Stokes and his low drive goes well wide.

35 min: Yet again Palace's final ball is letting them down as this time Stokes crosses too high and too long with all the big men forward.

31 min: GOAL! Coventry take a deserved lead as Palace make a mess of clearing the first cross and Ifill gives Osbourne enough time to pick out an unmarked Gunnarsson six yards out and he guides his header past Speroni. It's been coming.

30 min: Moses surges forward to inspire Palace but there's no one at the back post to get on the end of his cross.

24 min: Speroni forced to dive to his right to keep out Eastwood shot from the edge of the box. Him and Morrison are finding space all over the park at the minute and the Palace backline is struggling to cope with them.

19 min: YELLOW CARD. Derry booked for a late tackle on Gunnarsson as he looked to escape. Was worth taking that as Gunnarsson was away. From the free-kick Morrison gets a chance from Fox's delivery but gets his execution all wrong. Coventry on top. Palace have looked busy but not really threatened.

17 min: And the pantomime of Clinton Morrison's return begins as Fonte bundles him into the advertising boards and the ex-Palace man refuses to shake the Portuguese's hand after.

14 min: Simpson caught offside as he looks to escape the Palace backline and Palace go up the other end at put some decent play together that sees Kuqi send Stokes through. He toes pokes past Westwood and is brought down but the lino's flag is up. It was very tight though.

10 min: Moses looks up for this tonight as he outpaces Osbourne down the left before having his run crudely blocked by Dann. Palace playing 4-4-2 by the way with Ifill and Moses on the wings, Stokes and Kuqi up front.

5 min: A couple of half chances for either side early on with Palace failing to make the most of three corner while Fox had a free kick go narrowly wide for Coventry.

1 min: Palace get us under way with Warnock having made three changes to the side, Hills replacing Hill and Ifill and Jose Fonte coming in for Clyne and Carle, who drop to the bench.

Palace: Speroni, Lawrence, J Fonte, Davis, Hills, Derry, Danns, Ifill, Moses, Kuqi, Stokes. Subs: Carle, R Fonte, Comley, Clyne, Cadogan.

Coventry: Westwood, Fox, Dann, Beuzelin, Doyle, Eastwood, Gunnarsson, Osbourne, Morrison, Turner, Simpson. Subs: Hall, Ward, Best, Thornton , Marshall.

Welcome to this evening's game at Selhurst Park between two sides with nothing but pride to play for this season. We're going to try something new on here tonight by having the most recent action at the top of the text, so bare with me if it goes a little wrong in places.

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