Crystal Palace 3-0 Derby

Glenn Murray scores for Palace

Crystal Palace extended their lead at the top of the Championship with a comfortable victory against Derby.

The in-form Eagles have won 11 and drawn three of their last 14 matches and are two points clear of Cardiff, who beat Middlesbrough to go second.

Glenn Murray headed Palace in front before Andre Moritz volleyed in the home side's second after the break.

And, with nine minutes remaining, Murray wrapped up the three points with his seventh goal in four games.

The victory was a third in as many matches for manager Ian Holloway since his arrival at Selhurst Park from Blackpool, a feat which owes much to the goalscoring form of Murray.

The striker gave the Eagles an early lead when, left totally unmarked by the Derby defence, he headed home Yannick Bolasie's corner.

The mid-table Rams could not cope with the hosts at set-pieces and Palace almost scored again when captain Mile Jedinak nodded wide from one corner, before Richard Keogh almost diverted into his own net from another.

Eagles attacker Wilfried Zaha, who made his England debut in midweek against Sweden, showed glimpses of his creative ability but it fell to Moritz to double the lead.

Moments after Keogh went close with a header for Derby, Damien Delaney's ball into the Rams area was headed down by Murray and Moritz finished with a fine left-footed volley.

Like Murray, the Brazilian is enjoying life under Holloway, with that strike his third in three games and justifying the manager's decision to include him in the starting line-up.

With eight minutes remaining Murray put the result beyond doubt with a strong run and shot into the roof of the net.

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway: "It's yet another fantastic performance against a good team.

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Holloway aiming to keep focused

"They didn't stop from start to finish and the professionalism and determination to keep this run going is awesome and I have to say it's an absolute pleasure to watch them play at the moment.

"So, very excited, well done, it's a great performance and it shows signs of being a bit more than solid."

Derby boss Nigel Clough: "There was a lot of blocking going on which happens but sometimes you hope that you just get a referee which sees it, sometimes you don't.

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Clough admits Palace were too good

"But I can't have too many complaints, Murray's got a free header from eight yards out and having started quite brightly, we found ourselves one-nil down.

"But after all the talk of the widemen all week and their threat, he was the difference - the centre forward Murray. He was the one that caused us all the problems."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward
  • 27 Delaney
  • 28 Ramage
  • 04 Parr
  • 07 Bolasie (Easter - 89' )
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 15 Jedinak Booked
  • 30 Moritz (Garvan - 76' )
  • 16 Zaha
  • 17 Murray (Wilbraham - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Price
  • 21 Moxey
  • 10 Garvan
  • 14 Blake
  • 22 O'Keefe
  • 18 Wilbraham
  • 19 Easter

Derby

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 02 Brayford Booked
  • 03 Roberts
  • 05 Buxton
  • 06 Keogh
  • 04 Bryson
  • 07 Coutts (Tyson - 80' )
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 12 Jacobs Booked
  • 19 Hughes
  • 32 Sammon (Robinson - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Fielding
  • 15 O'Brien
  • 16 O'Connor
  • 21 Gjokaj
  • 22 Hoganson
  • 09 Tyson
  • 11 Robinson
Ref: Graham
Att: 16,211

Match Stats

Shots

18 5

On target

8 1

Corners

12 4

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:18 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:21

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nathan Tyson. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

90:00 +0:26

Shot by Theo Robinson from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

89:25

Mile Jedinak takes a shot. Blocked by Jake Buxton.

88:06 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Easter replaces Yannick Bolasie.

88:06 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Wilbraham on for Glenn Murray.

87:15

Will Hughes takes a shot. Michael Jacobs takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. Julian Speroni makes a save.

85:21

Gareth Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Yannick Bolasie. Owen Garvan takes the free kick.

84:36

John Brayford produces a cross, Nathan Tyson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

84:04

Mile Jedinak takes a shot.

83:48

Will Hughes sends in a cross, clearance made by Damien Delaney.

81:36

Peter Ramage provided the assist for the goal.

81:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Glenn Murray - C Palace 3 - 0 Derby Glenn Murray finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area high into the middle of the goal. Crystal Palace 3-0 Derby.

81:16

The ball is crossed by Nathan Tyson,

79:46 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Tyson replaces Paul Coutts.

77:58

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Owen Garvan, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Damien Delaney from the left by-line.

74:57 Substitution

Substitution Andre Moritz goes off and Owen Garvan comes on.

74:57

Close range effort by Andre Moritz misses to the right of the goal.

73:17 Substitution

Substitution Theo Robinson is brought on as a substitute for Conor Sammon.

71:15

The referee blows for offside against Yannick Bolasie. Free kick taken by John Brayford.

70:39

Unfair challenge on Gareth Roberts by Wilfried Zaha results in a free kick. Gareth Roberts takes the direct free kick.

67:20

The assistant referee flags for offside against Wilfried Zaha. Direct free kick taken by Adam Legzdins.

64:10 Booking

Booking Michael Jacobs is given a yellow card.

58:58

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save by Adam Legzdins. Corner taken by Andre Moritz played to the near post, Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save by Adam Legzdins. Corner taken left-footed by Andre Moritz, Kagisho Dikgacoi takes a shot. Yannick Bolasie takes a shot. Blocked by Jake Buxton. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Yannick Bolasie. A cross is delivered by Jonathan Parr, clearance made by Conor Sammon. Free kick awarded for a foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi on Will Hughes. Jake Buxton restarts play with the free kick.

57:36

Assist by Glenn Murray.

57:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Andre Moritz - C Palace 2 - 0 Derby Andre Moritz grabs a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Crystal Palace 2-0 Derby.

50:27

Close range shot by Richard Keogh clears the bar.

49:39

Unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs by Wilfried Zaha results in a free kick. Michael Jacobs takes the direct free kick.

45:43

Andre Moritz conjures a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:51 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:48

The ball is sent over by Mile Jedinak, Corner taken right-footed by Andre Moritz from the left by-line, John Brayford manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:14 Booking

Booking Mile Jedinak goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

45:00

Mile Jedinak is adjudged to have handled the ball. Richard Keogh restarts play with the free kick.

44:37

Foul by Jake Buxton on Glenn Murray, free kick awarded. Peter Ramage restarts play with the free kick.

43:51

Corner taken by Michael Jacobs played to the near post, Kagisho Dikgacoi manages to make a clearance.

43:04

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jake Buxton misses to the right of the target.

42:20

Foul by Peter Ramage on Conor Sammon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Coutts.

41:46

Effort on goal by Kagisho Dikgacoi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

37:05

Andre Moritz takes a shot. Corner taken by Yannick Bolasie from the left by-line, Jonathan Parr has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target. Corner taken by Yannick Bolasie. Will Hughes fouled by Wilfried Zaha, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Keogh takes the direct free kick. Jonathan Parr sends in a cross. Foul by Paul Coutts on Jonathan Parr, free kick awarded. Andre Moritz takes the free kick.

36:24 Booking

Booking John Brayford goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

34:27

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Corner from left by-line taken by Andre Moritz. Adam Legzdins makes a save. Wilfried Zaha fouled by John Brayford, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Parr takes the direct free kick.

33:49

Inswinging corner taken by Yannick Bolasie from the left by-line.

31:43

Foul by Gareth Roberts on Mile Jedinak, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andre Moritz.

30:58

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Blocked by John Brayford.

29:57

The ball is crossed by Gareth Roberts, Peter Ramage makes a clearance.

29:12

Kagisho Dikgacoi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Hughes. John Brayford takes the free kick.

28:59

Foul by Mile Jedinak on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Jeff Hendrick restarts play with the free kick.

27:22

The ball is swung over by Craig Bryson. Outswinging corner taken by Will Hughes from the left by-line, Glenn Murray manages to make a clearance.

26:22

Jonathan Parr crosses the ball.

25:16

Glenn Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on John Brayford. Adam Legzdins takes the free kick.

23:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Hughes on Andre Moritz. Direct free kick taken by Mile Jedinak.

21:56

Andre Moritz takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Mile Jedinak produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

11:20

Corner taken left-footed by Yannick Bolasie,

16:22

Assist on the goal came from Yannick Bolasie.

11:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Glenn Murray - C Palace 1 - 0 Derby Glenn Murray finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Crystal Palace 1-0 Derby.

14:48

Craig Bryson challenges Peter Ramage unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

10:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bryson from the right by-line.

6:41

Michael Jacobs sends in a cross.

5:51

Andre Moritz takes a shot. Blocked by Jake Buxton. Unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs by Peter Ramage results in a free kick. Gareth Roberts takes the free kick.

3:47

The ball is crossed by Kagisho Dikgacoi, save made by Adam Legzdins.

0:54

A cross is delivered by Joel Ward, clearance made by Gareth Roberts.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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