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Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich City: Luka Milivojevic scores on 100th appearance

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Twenty of Luka Milivojevic's 25 Premier League goals have come from the penalty spot

Norwich manager Daniel Farke said he "expected there would be difficult times" in the Premier League as his injury-hit side were beaten by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored a first-half penalty on his 100th appearance for the club before Andros Townsend sealed the win for Roy Hodgson's side.

Serbia international Milivojevic struck confidently into the top corner after 21 minutes after Norwich defender Ibrahim Amadou fouled James McArthur.

Substitute Townsend then finished neatly in the bottom corner in second-half injury time as the Eagles equalled their Premier League record of six unbeaten home matches.

In for injured first-choice Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, Schalke loanee Ralf Fahrmann was himself replaced by fellow debutant Michael McGovern following Milivojevic's penalty, while defender Jamal Lewis suffered a possible broken arm as the promoted side's injury problems continued to mount.

"We expected that there would be difficult times. Right now, especially because of the injury situation, we have a difficult period. We must stick to our guns to improve this," said Farke.

"At this level, as a newly promoted side and with so many players injured it's difficult to dominate a game. You have to help yourself when you're on the front foot.

"Each and every game is important. Of course our biggest concern is the injury situation. It is a difficult situation but we must work on the small details. The only way is hard work."

In a lively encounter, the hosts almost led after two minutes but Zaha's curling shot narrowly missed the target, while Jordan Ayew forced Fahrmann into action.

The visitors ended the first half in the ascendancy, with Emiliano Buendia drawing a fine save from Vicente Guaita. But they struggled to impose themselves after the interval as they fell to a fourth defeat in five matches.

Fortress Selhurst?

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Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich: Hodgson impressed with Palace's home form

Palace's unbeaten top-flight home run stretches back to April, when they lost to eventual champions Manchester City.

Their home record would have been even better if Wolves had not scored a 95th-minute equaliser last weekend, but the reasons for their nonetheless impressive home run were evident once more in this astute victory.

Although Palace had scored the joint-fewest Premier League goals this season prior to kick-off, their steely, regimented defence has conceded just once in four home games.

Martin Kelly came in for the injured Mamadou Sakho, and his excellent sliding block to deny Todd Cantwell at a crucial stage of the match - as Norwich began to dictate the play - epitomised the defensive platform from which Hodgson's side are able to go and win matches.

Zaha, oozing confidence, may have scored just once in his past 19 home league games, but he played a notable part in this win, which takes Palace up three places to ninth in the table.

The Ivory Coast international cut inside and found McArthur before the foul that rewarded Palace for their early dominance with a spot-kick. The tricky winger later wriggled free of his marker to set up Townsend in the closing stages as the substitute calmed the home fans' nerves following last week's late sucker-punch.

Questions undoubtedly remain over Palace's profligacy, as McArthur, Patrick van Aanholt and Zaha all blazed over the bar when in good positions during the second half. McArthur and Milivojevic join Ayew and van Aanholt as their side's only league scorers this term - but, with their sturdy defence, the Eagles will fancy their chances against anyone at Selhurst this season.

"When you see the five minutes go up on the board it was a bit of a deja vu situation. Norwich are a good team with good, quality players and they came back into in the first half which made our one goal lead look fragile," said Hodgson.

"The second goal was coming but we couldn't produce the last pass or last shot and it was nice when it eventually came."

On captain Milivojevic, he added: "He's enormously valuable, that's why he's captain of the team. He's been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly on the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game."

Injury-struck Canaries stutter

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Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich Players need to learn from 'harsh' lessons after Palace defeat

Life had not become any easier for Daniel Farke following his side's 2-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend, as first-choice goalkeeper Krul and captain Alexander Tettey joined Norwich's already lengthy injury list this week.

Unable to rediscover the level of performance that saw them stun Manchester City two weeks ago, the Canaries struggled with the challenge posed by a trip to Turf Moor and it was a similar story at Selhurst Park.

Second best for much of the opening half hour, Farke's visitors closed out the first half with a breathless spell that at its peak saw Buendia force Guaita into a fine save.

The increasing influence of attacking trio Buendia, Cantwell and Marco Stiepermann temporarily flipped the momentum - but the visitors were ultimately unable to capitalise.

In sharp contrast to the hosts' solidity, last season's Championship winners have conceded at least twice in six of their opening seven fixtures and can ill afford to be so wasteful.

Teemu Pukki, kept quiet by Palace pair Kelly and Gary Cahill, has won his side five points with his goals this season but cannot be expected to deliver in every game as sides begin to pay the Finnish striker special attention following his electric start in the top-flight.

While Farke did not want to blame Norwich's "unlucky" injury situation, he will be keen to have bodies back for the arrival of fellow promoted side Aston Villa next Saturday.

Man of the match - Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha
Zaha provided a constant threat for Crystal Palace, registering four shots, five key passes and assisting Andros Townsend in a complete performance.

No luck in London for Canaries - the stats

  • Crystal Palace's six-game unbeaten Premier League home run is their longest at Selhurst Park since 1993.
  • The Eagles have kept more home clean sheets than any other Premier League side this season.
  • Luka Milivojevic's goal was his 25th in the Premier League, with 20 of those coming from the penalty spot.
  • Of all Premier League players to have scored 25 or more goals, Milivojevic's ratio of 80% from the penalty spot is the highest.
  • Norwich are winless in 20 away Premier League games in London, the longest run in the competition since Leicester between November 2000-March 2015.
  • The Canaries have scored just once away from home from 13 shots on target in the Premier League this season. At home, they have scored eight from 16 shots on target.
  • Norwich gave Premier League debuts to two goalkeepers in this game - only the second time in Premier League history that has happened.

What's next?

Norwich host Aston Villa on Saturday (15:00 BST), while Crystal Palace travel to West Ham later that day (17:30 BST).

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 2Ward
  • 34Kelly
  • 24Cahill
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 11Zaha
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forMcCarthyat 79'minutes
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 90mins
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forTownsendat 70'minutes
  • 15SchluppBooked at 89mins
  • 9J AyewBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMeyerat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Tomkins
  • 6Dann
  • 7Meyer
  • 10Townsend
  • 13Hennessey
  • 17Benteke
  • 22McCarthy

Norwich

  • 21FährmannSubstituted forMcGovernat 22'minutes
  • 2Aarons
  • 24Amadou
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12Lewis
  • 10Leitner
  • 23McLean
  • 17Buendía
  • 18StiepermannBooked at 64minsSubstituted forDrmicat 66'minutes
  • 14CantwellSubstituted forRobertsat 81'minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 3Byram
  • 5Hanley
  • 7Roberts
  • 20Drmic
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 35Idah
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
25,477

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 2, Norwich City 0.

Attempt missed. Josip Drmic (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Patrick Roberts (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 2, Norwich City 0. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Max Meyer replaces Jordan Ayew.

Booking

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Max Aarons.

Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City).

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Patrick Roberts replaces Todd Cantwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McCarthy replaces James McArthur.

Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace).

Attempt blocked. Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ibrahim Amadou.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Wilfried Zaha.

Attempt blocked. Max Aarons (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Josip Drmic replaces Marco Stiepermann.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Booking

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

Booking

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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As It Stood

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2Man City75112772016
3West Ham7331109112
4Tottenham7322149511
5Leicester632185311
6Chelsea73221413111
7Bournemouth73221312111
8Arsenal63211110111
9Crystal Palace732267-111
10Burnley723210919
11Man Utd62228628
12Sheff Utd72237708
13Wolves7142911-27
14Southampton7214711-47
15Everton7214612-67
16Brighton7133510-56
17Norwich7205916-76
18Aston Villa7124811-35
19Newcastle612348-45
20Watford7025420-162
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