Potent Palace power past Leeds to move up

Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann scores his side’s first goal of the game Pic: Naomi Baker, PA

Crystal Palace produced a clinical attacking performance against Leeds United to win 4-1 at Selhurst Park today (7 November) and move up to 6th in the Premier League table. 

Palace made a superb start to the game, taking the lead in the 12th minute when veteran defender Scott Dann rose highest to head home from Eberechi Eze’s corner and score his first goal since December 2017. 

Shortly afterwards, Leeds thought they had equalised when Patrick Bamford chipped in from close range, however VAR intervened and the goal was marginally ruled out for offside. 

Against the run of play, Palace doubled their lead when the impressive Eze scored his first Palace goal with a fabulous free-kick which went in off the underside of the crossbar. 

Leeds produced a quick response, scoring only four minutes later with Bamford pulling one back with a fine finish to bring his side back into the game. 

The visitors may have sensed a revival at this point, however their hopes were dealt a significant blow when Helder Costa diverted into the back of his own net from a Patrick Van Aanholt cross just before half-time to increase Palace’s advantage. 

The second half was a more low-key affair, with Leed’s pushing and pressing hard for a route back into the game. 

However, they were unable to break through a resilient Palace, who wrapped up the game in the 70th minute when Jordan Ayew slotted home after a quick counter-attack to put to bed any ideas of a comeback. 

It was the Eagle’s biggest margin of victory since a 4-1 triumph against Leicester City in February 2019 and moves them to within only a point from the top four. 

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