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Cardiff City vs Crystal Palace
 1 - 1 
Sat Oct 17 15:00:00 BST 2009
Cardiff City Stadium
S Tanner

Palace made their first appearance at the new Cardiff City Stadium on the back of a four game unbeaten run and an international break which has seen them left with almost a clean bill of health. This game saw them welcome back Stern John, Victor Moses, Jose Fonte and Freddie Sears from either injury or illness into their squad.

Dave Jones side went into the game sitting in fourth place and included former Eagles captain, Mark Hudson in their line up.

Palace got off to the best possible start when Alan Lee ran away to claim the opening goal after just nine minutes. A Danny Butterfield cross from the right was headed back towards goal by Lee and the ball was put into the net by Hudson giving the keeper no chance.

Within two minutes the home side were nearly back on level terms as Michael Chopra fails to connect to a cross by Jay Bothroyd.


An early substitution had to be made by Neil Warnock as Moses left the field with a calf injury, which had already been attended to earlier in the game, he was replaced by Sears.

The match was soon all square as Peter Whittingham found the net for the eighth time this season just before the twenty minute mark, Chopra collected a thrown in and his pass eventually found its way to Whittingham and he made no mistake as he put the ball into the corner of the net to the delight of the home following.

Not long after the equaliser and Julian Speroni was soon involved in the action again as he saved a Chopra shot for a corner and then was alert to save from Anthony Gerrard as an effort curled in from outside the box.

The first booking of the afternoon from referee Steve Tanner as he shows yellow to Alassane N'Diaye on Chris Burke.

On the half hour mark the Argentinian produced an excellent save to deny Whittingham from point blank range he turned a header around the post.

The half comes to a close with a final chance to the Bluebirds as a Whittingham free kick is headed wide by Gerrard as the sides went into the break on level terms.

One further change for Palace during the half time interval as injured Darren Ambrose was replaced by Sean Scannell.

Nine minutes into the second period sees the first chance of the half and it falls to the home side. Whittingham's corner headed over the bar by Gerrard as the home side looked for an early advantage.

Chances more few and far between in this stage of the game but Danny Butterfield sees a long range effort go over the bar whilst at the other end the Palace backline are managing to defend well as a unit to restrict any dangers from the home side.  Guy Whittingham's shot wide from some 20 yards out the pick of their early second half chances.

Stern John

With thirteen minutes of the half remaining it was time for the final sub for Palace as Lee was replaced by John who has been missing through injury since the opening day of the season.

Within a minute of him being on the field he had a shot deflected for a corner and from that set piece he headed over the bar as he looked to make an immediate impact on the game.

As the fourth official signalled three minutes of added time Neil Danns had a free kick from the edge of the box saved by David Marshall in the Bluebirds goal. At the other end a McCormack free kick sailed over the bar giving Speroni no cause for concern.

That was the final action of the match as the game came to an end with Palace continuing their unbeaten run and taking something from another top six side as they did recently at West Bromwich Albion.


Cardiff : Marshall, Kennedy, Hudson, Gerrard, Matthews, Rae,Whittingham, Burke (Feeney 88), Ledley, Chopra,Bothroyd (McCormack 61).
Subs Not Used: Enckelman, McNaughton, Gyepes, Quinn, Taiwo.

Crystal Palace Speroni, Hill, McCarthy, Fonte, Butterfield,Derry, Ambrose (Scannell 46), Danns, Moses (Sears 16), N'Diaye,Lee (John 77).
Subs Not Used: Flahavan, Clyne, Hills, Ertl.

Booked: N'Diaye, Butterfield, Hill.   Attendance : 21,457

Referee : Steve Tanner (Somerset).














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  Cardiff Crystal Palace
Goals : 1 1
Possession : 53% 47%
Shots On Target : 6 4
Shots Off Target : 5 5
Corners : 3 3
Fouls : 6 12
Most Fouls : Gerrard (2) Danns (3)
Yellow Cards : 0 3
Red Cards : 0 0
Scorers :
Whittingham 19
Hudson 13 (og)
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