Palace came from a goal down to earn a draw in the first game of the season at Selhurst Park.

Kriztian Timar had given the visitors the lead on five minutes when he connected with a corner at the back post to smash in off the underside of the bar.

But Alan Lee, on for an injured Stern John in the first half, brought the scores level with an excellent header from a Victor Moses cross on 63 minutes.

Palace almost began the 09/10 Championship season in the best possible way when they came close to opening the scoring on three minutes.

Moses broke quickly into the Plymouth half and played in Alassane N'Diaye on the right side. The Frenchman then played in a superb cross from an unmarked Stern John, who headed wide of the far post.

Palace were made to pay for the missed opportunity when they conceded almost straight away from the first Plymouth attack of the game.

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From a deep corner to the back post Timar managed to steal a yard on his marker and smash the ball in from close range.

On the quarter of an hour mark Freddie Sears brilliantly escaped Jim Paterson on the right flank by squaring him up, waiting for the challenge and the nipping it round him. Taking one touch more he set himself up for the strike, but it was dragged across the six yard box and Moses attempted to connect with it but the ball skipped past his outstretched leg.

Three minutes later Palace had a goal disallowed when Moses did very well to twist and turn the Plymouth right back before drilling in a low cross along the six yard box. This time John did manage to get a toe on it, but the linesman flagged for offside.

But John's afternoon ended in disastrous circumstances when a challenge with Pilgims' keeper Romain Larrieu caused him to fall awkwardly and land on his arm. After a good five minutes of treatment he was stretchered off and replaced by Alan Lee.

Eager to find the equaliser before half time Palace pushed forward and created a series of late chances.

Neil Danns came close first when he fired over the bar from 18 yards out. The midfielder did well to hold off his marker before aiming a dipping drive that just dropped over the bar.

Sears looked lively all half ,constantly looking to shoot at every opportunity and towards the end of the half he forced Larrieu into a decent save with a rising drive from 25 yards out.

On 45 Plymouth came close to adding to ther lead when a ball right across the face of goal was met by Paterson, but the midfielder somehow to conspired to miss as he let the ball hit him and bounce into Speroni's hands.

The Palace keeper was called into action again moments later when his brilliant reaction save denied Rory Fallon with a thumping header from ten yards out.

The home side came out for the second half on the front foot, with Freddie Sears curling a deflected shot just wide of the far post three minutes into the re-start.

Sears then flashed a volley over two minutes later when the ball dropped to him 20 yards out, before the visitors came even closer when MacLean forced Speroni into a save with an unmarked header.

But Palace got their equaliser on 63 minutes when Moses had time and space to curl in a super cross right into the heart of the box, where Lee had risen above everyone else to power it home.

Plymouth came close on 77 when Lawrence was forced to clear at the back post, but other than that the visitors failed to create any more chances of worth,

Palace though came close in the late stages when Spears managed to get in behind the Pilgrims' defence, but as he turned to shoot Larrieu had managed to close him down quickly and then blocked his shot well.

So, the 09/10 Championship season is underway and soon the Carling Cup starts up again with Palace present in the first round with a home tie against Torquay United.

Tickets for the game on Tuesday are now on sale and can be purchased either online or by calling the Box Office on 08712 000 071. 


Neil Warnock's first squad of the season had one notable inclusion - that of young Frenchman Alassane N'Diaye coming in to the midfield.

As expected Stern John and Freddie Sears were given their home debuts, while other summer signing Darren Ambrose was named on the bench.

Crystal Palace: 1. Julian Speroni, 2. Nathaniel Clyne, 3. Lee Hills, 4. Shaun Derry, 5. Patrick McCarthy, 8. Neil Danns (7. Darren Ambrose, 60), 9. Stern John (19. Alan Lee, 37), 11. Victor Moses (14. Sean Scannell, 79), 16. Freddie Sears, 17. Matt Lawrence, 33. Alassane N'Diaye

Subs: 10. Nick Carle, 12. Darryl Flahavan, , 20. Danny Butterfield, 22. Johnny Ertl

Plymouth: 1. Romain Larrieu, 3. Jim Paterson, 4. Carl Fletcher, 5. Krisztian Timar, 8. Jamie Mackie, 9. Steven MacLean (2. Karl Duguid, 66), 14. Rory Fallon, 16. David McNamee, 18. Gary Sawyer, 19. Marcel Seip, 20. Luke Summerfield (25. Alan Judge, 71)

Subs:6. Chris Clark, 17. Craig Noone, 22. Reda Johnson, 23. Kyle Latheren, 24. Ashley Barnes