Derby striker Conor Sammon missed a late penalty as Crystal Palace kept up the pressure at the top of the Championship with a win at Pride Park.

Yannick Bolasie put Ian Holloway's side ahead in the first half before Sammon wasted the chance to equalise.

Julian Speroni tipped his 88th-minute penalty onto the crossbar after Mile Jedinak had fouled Ben Davies.

The win moves the Eagles to within two points of the automatic promotion places after Watford's draw at Wolves.

Palace's promotion push

Crystal Palace have taken 13 points from a possible 18 to close the gap on the top two

Palace winger Wilfried Zaha - who will join new club Manchester United in the summer - had the first chance when he latched on to Glenn Murray's flick but shot straight at Adam Legzdins.

Palace did take the lead when Eagles skipper Jedinak won a challenge inside his own half and the ball ran on to Bolasie, who took full advantage to coolly round the keeper and fire home.

Jedinak hit the crossbar from 25 yards as Palace looked for a second, but they were left to thank Speroni for all three points after Jedinak caught Davies inside the area.

Sammon stepped up but saw his powerful penalty brilliantly saved by Speroni to leave Derby with their first home defeat of 2013.

Derby manager Nigel Clough: "We can't ask much more from the players, not just the effort but the level of performance.

"To come off without so much as a point for our efforts is very harsh on the players.

"We've got to improve a bit on our finishing, but we're not getting any breaks in the penalty area."

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway: "[Derby] have got a young side who are so enthusiastic and they probably deserved better than they got tonight.

"We all looked a bit nervous at the end, myself included, because we wanted it so bad.

"I'm going to enjoy this because we're in with a shout of automatic promotion and that's fantastic for everybody at the club."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 02 Brayford
  • 03 Roberts
  • 05 Buxton Booked
  • 06 Keogh
  • 04 Bryson Booked
  • 07 Coutts (Davies - 84' )
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 10 Ward (Jacobs - 42' )
  • 25 Martin (Bennett - 80' )
  • 32 Sammon

Substitutes

  • 01 Fielding
  • 21 Gjokaj
  • 22 Hoganson
  • 12 Jacobs
  • 18 Davies
  • 14 Doyle
  • 20 Bennett

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 21 Moxey Booked
  • 27 Delaney
  • 28 Ramage
  • 03 Richards (Williams - 61' )
  • 07 Bolasie (K Phillips - 73' )
  • 08 Dikgacoi Booked
  • 15 Jedinak Booked
  • 11 Dobbie (Butterfield - 58' )
  • 16 Zaha
  • 17 Murray

Substitutes

  • 34 Price
  • 04 Parr
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 12 Marrow
  • 20 Williams
  • 09 K Phillips
  • 18 Wilbraham
Ref: Madley
Att: 23,065

Match Stats

Shots

18 8

On target

12 4

Corners

9 4

Fouls

11 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:25 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:44

A cross is delivered by Mason Bennett, clearance made by Peter Ramage. Michael Jacobs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +3:36

Foul by Jonathan Williams on Jeff Hendrick, free kick awarded. Michael Jacobs takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:39

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Legzdins.

90:00 +2:20

Jeff Hendrick challenges Mile Jedinak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mile Jedinak.

90:00 +1:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Jeff Hendrick. Jacob Butterfield takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Murray on Jake Buxton. Direct free kick taken by Adam Legzdins. John Brayford takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

88:57

A cross is delivered by Ben Davies, clearance by Kagisho Dikgacoi. Craig Bryson crosses the ball.

87:00

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies, clearance made by Glenn Murray. Ben Davies produces a cross, Julian Speroni makes a save.

87:00 Penalty

Penalty taken by Conor Sammon is saved by Julian Speroni. Derby 0-1 Crystal Palace.

86:01

Penalty awarded for a foul by Mile Jedinak on Ben Davies.

85:08 Booking

Booking Dean Moxey booked.

84:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Gareth Roberts. Direct free kick taken by Kagisho Dikgacoi. The referee gives a free kick against Kevin Phillips for handball. Adam Legzdins takes the free kick.

83:38 Substitution

Substitution Ben Davies replaces Paul Coutts.

83:05

Glenn Murray challenges John Brayford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

79:50

Corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs, Kevin Phillips manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line, save by Julian Speroni.

79:50 Booking

Booking Kagisho Dikgacoi goes into the book for time wasting.

79:05

Richard Keogh takes the free kick.

79:05 Substitution

Substitution Chris Martin leaves the field to be replaced by Mason Bennett.

79:05

The referee blows for offside.

76:25

Richard Keogh takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.

75:55

Foul by Mile Jedinak on Jeff Hendrick, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by John Brayford.

75:27

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Phillips. Richard Keogh takes the direct free kick.

73:42

Wilfried Zaha produces a cross, clearance made by Jake Buxton. Corner taken by Wilfried Zaha. Corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs, clearance made by Mile Jedinak. John Brayford takes a shot. Jonathan Williams makes a clearance.

72:38 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Phillips comes on in place of Yannick Bolasie.

71:21

Unfair challenge on Chris Martin by Kagisho Dikgacoi results in a free kick. Michael Jacobs takes the direct free kick. Chris Martin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

69:48

Wilfried Zaha is ruled offside. Richard Keogh restarts play with the free kick.

68:35

The ball is swung over by Paul Coutts, Effort from deep inside the area by Michael Jacobs misses to the left of the target.

65:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Martin by Yannick Bolasie. Michael Jacobs takes the direct free kick.

64:37

Jonathan Williams takes a shot. Save made by Adam Legzdins. Corner taken by Yannick Bolasie from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Chris Martin.

63:12

Glenn Murray challenges Jeff Hendrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Roberts takes the direct free kick.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Williams joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ashley Richards.

59:58

Paul Coutts sends in a cross, clearance by Damien Delaney.

58:36

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael Jacobs, Jake Buxton takes a shot. Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.

57:29 Substitution

Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Jacob Butterfield coming on for Stephen Dobbie.

56:28

Michael Jacobs sends in a cross, clearance made by Dean Moxey.

54:53

Foul by Wilfried Zaha on Gareth Roberts, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jake Buxton.

51:13

Conor Sammon takes a shot. Kagisho Dikgacoi gets a block in.

49:09

Direct free kick taken by Stephen Dobbie. Corner taken by Stephen Dobbie from the right by-line. The ball is swung over by Stephen Dobbie, Jeff Hendrick makes a clearance.

49:09 Booking

Booking Jake Buxton booked for unsporting behaviour.

48:58

Jake Buxton challenges Yannick Bolasie unfairly and gives away a free kick.

47:57

The ball is crossed by Chris Martin, clearance by Dean Moxey. Glenn Murray challenges Richard Keogh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Keogh takes the free kick.

45:48

A cross is delivered by Paul Coutts, clearance by Damien Delaney.

45:28

The ball is crossed by Michael Jacobs, clearance made by Mile Jedinak.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:51

The ball is swung over by Gareth Roberts, Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:21

Unfair challenge on Jake Buxton by Mile Jedinak results in a free kick. Gareth Roberts takes the free kick.

43:56

Yannick Bolasie takes a shot. Craig Bryson manages to make a clearance.

43:34

A cross is delivered by Michael Jacobs, Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

43:10

Unfair challenge on Jeff Hendrick by Glenn Murray results in a free kick. John Brayford restarts play with the free kick.

41:21 Substitution

Substitution Michael Jacobs comes on in place of Jamie Ward.

39:13

John Brayford produces a cross.

38:17

Stephen Dobbie is caught offside. Adam Legzdins takes the indirect free kick.

36:41

Paul Coutts delivers the ball, clearance made by Yannick Bolasie. Corner taken right-footed by Paul Coutts, Effort on goal by Craig Bryson from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

35:35

John Brayford takes a shot.

34:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Jeff Hendrick. Stephen Dobbie takes the free kick.

33:01

Wilfried Zaha crosses the ball.

32:34

Jamie Ward takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.

32:11

John Brayford fouled by Glenn Murray, the ref awards a free kick. John Brayford takes the direct free kick.

31:35

The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward, save made by Julian Speroni.

30:39

Jamie Ward restarts play with the free kick. Chris Martin takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.

30:39 Booking

Booking Booking for Mile Jedinak for unsporting behaviour.

30:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Buxton by Mile Jedinak.

29:35

A cross is delivered by Paul Coutts, Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance. Craig Bryson takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.

28:50

Wilfried Zaha takes a shot.

28:21

Unfair challenge on Yannick Bolasie by Chris Martin results in a free kick. Stephen Dobbie restarts play with the free kick.

24:05

Stephen Dobbie takes the direct free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh by Damien Delaney. Adam Legzdins takes the direct free kick.

24:05 Booking

Booking Craig Bryson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

23:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Craig Bryson.

23:37

John Brayford crosses the ball, clearance by Peter Ramage.

22:27

Shot from deep inside the area by Chris Martin clears the crossbar.

21:24

John Brayford produces a cross, Jamie Ward takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward, Chris Martin takes a shot. Stephen Dobbie makes a clearance.

19:50

Foul by Jeff Hendrick on Yannick Bolasie, free kick awarded. Stephen Dobbie takes the direct free kick.

18:34

Conor Sammon challenges Mile Jedinak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mile Jedinak restarts play with the free kick.

16:56

The ball is swung over by Conor Sammon, Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance. Jamie Ward takes a corner.

16:21

The ball is swung over by Paul Coutts, Damien Delaney makes a clearance.

15:25

Effort on goal by Mile Jedinak from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

14:25

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Ward. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

12:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Yannick Bolasie - Derby 0 - 1 C Palace Yannick Bolasie fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Derby 0-1 Crystal Palace.

11:38

Kagisho Dikgacoi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

11:08

The ball is sent over by Jamie Ward, clearance by Peter Ramage.

9:25

Wilfried Zaha sends in a cross.

8:52

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Blocked by Jeff Hendrick. Stephen Dobbie decides to take the corner short.

8:33

Stephen Dobbie delivers the ball, Gareth Roberts makes a clearance.

6:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damien Delaney on Chris Martin. Free kick taken by Jamie Ward.

4:49

Craig Bryson takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.

4:32

Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. Adam Legzdins makes a save.

3:59

Jamie Ward takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni. Unfair challenge on Ashley Richards by Jamie Ward results in a free kick. Ashley Richards takes the free kick.

2:53

Craig Bryson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

1:19

The ball is crossed by John Brayford, clearance by Dean Moxey. Jamie Ward takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Glenn Murray.

0:00

The match begins.

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