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Summary

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  2. Sunderland's first away win of season
  3. Defoe strikes after mistake by Dann
  4. Palace's Cabaye clears off line
  5. Sunderland now one point from safety

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right, that's pretty much it from us. If you are still hungry for more on Sunderland's win at Crystal Palace then have a look at Saj Chowdhury's match report here.

    The Champions League swings back into action tomorrow. Make sure you join us then. Cheerio.

  2. "A fantastic win"

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Still with us? Fancy a few more quotes from Sam Allardyce? Course you do:

    "Defensively we were sound. Rarely troubled in front of the opposition goal. Today we frustrated the crowd, we frustrated Palace and then we came out with a fantastic win and our first away win of the season.

    "With Defoe and Fletcher up front, if we get an opportunity we will score. When you persevere you take advantage [of a mistake] and it is an important three points for us.

    "We are trying to build confidence and the only way you do that is get points on the board. When the Sunderland fans wake up tomorrow that is what they will see and we are all very happy. 

    "Taking full advantage of what you get will get you out of the position we are in."

  3. Post update

    Sam Allardyce

    A good day for Sam Allardyce as he picks up his second win as Sunderland boss. 

    Only four managers have won more games than him in the Premier League - David Moyes (190), Harry Redknapp (236), Arsene Wenger (422) and Sir Alex Ferguson (528)

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    Jermaine Defoe celebrates
  5. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    A bit more from Sam Allardyce, speaking about goalscorer Jermain Defoe: "He is a classy finisher. If you want somebody to chase down what looks a lost cause [it is him]. Defoe not giving up is why the defender and the goalkeeper messed up. 

    "We have a little more hope but we have to strive to have as many points as games we have played. Once we have that we have to kick on."

  6. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, speaking to BBC Sport: "It has been a great result today. A very resilient performance, our first away win and our second clean sheet. It is a very valuable win for us.

    "We have been conceding three goals a game on average and that has to stop. Digging our way out of this position is about being resilient."

    Sunderland fans celebrate a late winner
  7. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Alan Pardew

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "We got a lot of the ball, a lot of possession, unfortunately we could not create a sweet moment tonight and things went the wrong way for us. It happens in football, you make a mistake and they capitalise and get the win.

    "I think Scott Dann tried to take Defoe and edge him out but Defoe checked his run and got on the other side of him. Dann has been magnificent for us, we will have to pick ourselves up for Saturday.

    "This was different to the Liverpool game, the emphasis was on us tonight. It was about trying to get that cross on the money, but our crossing and final pass I felt let us down. It was a simplistic game they played but they did it well."

  8. Player reaction

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Jermain Defoe, speaking to Sky Sports: "The lads worked hard. We put the work in during the international break and it paid off. 

    "I got that little bit of luck that you need for the goal and I was just delighted.

    "The manager has been fantastic. He has got the lads working hard."

    The Sunderland players congratulate each other at full time
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  10. Post update

    Credit to Sam Allardyce, he could have played it safe and gone for the draw but he gambled with attacking substitutions and it paid off.

    Jermaine Defore celebrates
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  12. Post update

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: They got the system right - and it does not always work when you have three central defenders with two wing-backs. Van Aanholt and Billy Jones were up and down again and again. I imagine they have been working at this a lot over the last couple of weeks
  13. FULL TIME

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Sam Allardyce laughs in the dugout

    That's it! A big win for Sunderland and Sam Allardyce as the Black Cats move to within a point of safety.

  14. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    ...Yohan Cabaye's free-kick is around the wall...and into the sidenetting!

  15. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland try to keep the ball down in the corner but Palace eventually get the ball back and embark on what could be one final attack. Wilfried Zaha is brought down on the edge of the box. Another free-kick to Palace...

  16. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: Forget the scoreline - have a look at the Sunderland performance. Does that encourage you for the road ahead? It certainly does.
  17. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    A rare Sunderland attack in these final minutes as Duncan Watmore gets the ball in midfield and lurches forward. A tackle comes in but Sunderland regain possession and Jeremain Lens heads towards the corner flag, drawing a foul from a Palace defender and the visitors have a free-kick.

    Duncan Watmore with the ball for Sunderland
  18. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Another Palace attack, another Palace corner. Yohan Cabaye whips the ball in and Costel Pantilimon is again out to punch away. Not far enough though and he is down on the ground, the ball could be anyones but the whistle goes for an infringement. 

    Sunderland are surviving for now.

  19. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    A roar of encouragement from the Palace fans as five minutes of added time are shown on the fourth official's board.

    Crystal Palace striker Chamakh goes up for header
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  21. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Patrick Bamford rolls the ball into the path of James McArthur, he's unmarked on the edge of the area and shoots...weak. Palace fans groan as Costel Pantilimon scoops up the ball.

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  23. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    ...Yohan Cabaye takes the free-kick but Costel Pantilimon strides off his line to punch away. Palace regain possession, and then win a corner, which comes to nothing.

    Alan Pardew will be fuming with his side's set-pieces tonight.

    Alan Pardew looks on
  24. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Duncan Watmore brings down Yannick Bolasie two yards outside the box. Crystal Palace fans look on nervously as Palace prepare to take a free-kick in a really dangerous position...

  25. SUBSTITUTION

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Goalscorer Jermain Defoe is injured. He hobbles off and Sam Allardyce makes a change. A defensive one to protect the lead? No, on comes striker Danny Graham. 

    Bold.

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    Positive thinking...

    Crystal Palace players prepare to kick-off
  27. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    That's woken Palace up though as they go straight on the attack and Yohan Cabaye forces a one-handed save from Costel Pantilimon. 

    A big seven minutes coming up for both sides now. Can Sunderland hold on to a precious win?

  28. Do the right thing

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: Dann did not deal with it, he let the ball run instead of dealing with it. Defoe got the wrong side of Dann, who made the tackle and pushed the ball past his own keeper. Don’t start trying to be clever, Dann could not have made it any easier for Defoe. He should have done the easy thing - cleared the ball away when he had a chance.
    Jermaine Defoe scores for Sunderland
  29. GOAL - Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

    Jermain Defoe

    What an absolute gift for Sunderland! 

    Shocking defending by Palace as first Yannick Bolasie gives the ball away, and Jermain Defoe races in to pounce on the loose ball. Scott Dann comes over to try and shield the ball, but then pokes an attempted clearance past his own goalkeeper, leaving Defoe to race through and roll the ball into the empty net.

    Jermain Defoe celebrates
  30. Post update

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: Patrick van Aanholt has been brilliant tonight - his willingness to get forward, the way he has played defensively. He has been criticised a lot this season but he has been superb this evening.
  31. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Crystal Palace

    Final change for Crystal Palace as Marouane Chamakh comes on for Connor Wickham. Moments later, Palace are almost caught out as Patrick van Aanholt fizzes a shot over the bar.

  32. Post update

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: Sunderland would take a goalless draw all day long. Palace have not looked like scoring, not all night long, not whatsoever.
    Yannick Bolasie looks to get past a resilient Sunderland defence
  33. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Duncan Watmore, nicknamed 'the Ginger Messi' displays a bit of the Barcelona forward's trickery to wriggle into the area on the right and feed a pass to Jeremain Lens, whose low shot almost catches out Wayne Hennessey, but the Palace keeper just about manages to smother the ball.

    Wayne Hennessey dives low to save
  34. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: Palace boss Alan Pardew is looking very frustrated. For a team that prides itself on their set-piece delivery, it has been awful tonight. Sunderland's players are really working hard to help each other out.
    Alan Pardew
  35. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Yannick Bolasie has a go from the edge of the box as Palace come forward again, good power behind the shot but it is straight at Costel Pantilimon. Patrick Bamford zones in, hoping for a loose ball, but Pantilimon holds.

    Yannick Bolasie is frustrated
  36. SUBSTITUTION

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Bakary Sako only came on at half time but he is heading off now, replaced by Patrick Bamford. Did he tweak something when taking the free-kick? He applauds the Palace fans as he walks towards the bench, but doesn't look to be limping.

  37. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Free-kick and Sunderland break again, Wilfried Zaha winning a free-kick when Yann M'Vila sticks out a boot and takes him down on the edge of the Palace area. A yellow card for M'Vila, who then heads Bakary Sako's free-kick behind for a corner.

  38. YELLOW CARD

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Duncan Watmore leaves Joel Ward for dust on the left before darting towards goal. Scott Dann stands in his way and down goes Watmore. Free-kick 25 yards from goal and a yellow card for Dann.

  39. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Yannick Bolasie's ball into the box runs through to Wilfried Zaha, whose cross is put behind for corner. Yet again, it is wasted by Crystal Palace, but they come forward again through Connor Wickham, who shoots over. The home side look to have stepped things up a bit now.

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    Yannick Bolasie struggles to deliver a ball into the box
  41. SUBSTITUTION

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    A double change by Sam Allardyce as on comes striker Duncan Watmore and forward Jeremain Lens, with Seb Larsson and Steven Fletcher going off. The Black Cats looks to have gone with three up top. Allardyce fancies this.

  42. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    So close from Bakary Sako! The gangly forward breaks forward from the right and, as Sunderland defenders back off, decides to have a go at goal, sending a dipping effort just wide of the far post.

  43. YELLOW CARD

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Another yellow, this time for Jermain Defoe. 

    The Sunderland striker isn't happy when he sees Scott Dann move a free-kick a couple of yards forward from where the foul was committed. He stands in front of the ball, preventing Dann from taking it, and referee Martin Atkinson trots over to book him as a result.

  44. Let Cabaye-gones be bygones

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland fans have been giving Yohan Cabaye, the former Newcastle player, a fair bit of stick tonight. 

    Sunderland fans
  45. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    ...Bakary Sako takes the free-kick but it is an absolute gift for Costel Pantilimon, floated in for the Sunderland keeper to calmly step off his line and claim.

  46. YELLOW CARD

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Yellow card for Sunderland's Billy Jones after he flies in on Yannick Bolasie just as the pacey winger looked to escape down the wing. Free-kick to Palace...

  47. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    A real chance for Sunderland! They win a corner, which is sent into the area and Sebastian Coates rises to meet it, directing the ball down towards the far corner but Yohan Cabaye sticks out a boot to clear off the line. Close.

    Yohan Cabaye of Crystal Palace
  48. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Crystal Palace are quick out of the blocks as Bakary Sako gets his first touch of the ball, whipping in a powerful cross. Sunderland's three central defenders are wise to it, though, closing in on the ball and clearing before any lurking Palace player can pounce.

  49. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: Jason Puncheon didn't have one of his greatest games. Connor Wickham seemed isolated up front, so they needed more numbers up in attack.
  50. KICK-OFF

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Alan Pardew

    The stats suggest the goals will come in the next 45 minutes. We shall see.

    Second half under way.

  51. SUBSTITUTION

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

     A change for Crystal Palace for the second half. Forward Bakary Sako comes on for Jason Puncheon. He looks likely to move alongside Connor Wickham in attack.

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  55. Vote Pardew

    Crystal Palace

    It's been a tricky match so far for his side, but here's something for Alan Pardew to cheer about. He's won our vote asking who fans would want to be the next England boss - him or Sam Allardyce. Happy days.

  56. 'Sunderland have impressed'

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: It's been scrappy at times, but there have been good periods especially from Sunderland on the counter-attack. At times Palace have used two or three people to do the attacking. The game has been really slow. You can see why Palace are better suited away from home.
    Steven Fletcher heads a ball for Sunderland
  57. Get Involved

    Wide open?

    And one of the teams playing tonight is involved in this tweet...and could end the day five points off the top.

  58. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    I said before kick-off that this was either going to be 0-0, or a bit of a goal fest. At the moment, the former is definitely looking the most likely. There's been chances, but half-chances at best. Still, so far so good for Sunderland.

  59. HALF TIME

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Alan Pardew gestures
  60. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: An awful first touch by Patrick van Aanholt. Had he taken it he could have stabbed it towards goal.
  61. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Two minutes of added time goes up on the board as the fans at Selhurst Park are treated to another shocking miss. This time, Lee Cattermole sprays the ball out to Patrick van Aanholt, putting him clear on goal but he gets his touch all wrong and has to settle for a corner.

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  63. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Good skill from Wilfried Zaha on the right, bamboozling Patrick van Aanholt with his footwork before crossing into the area. Sunderland head away but the ball eventually falls to Yohan Cabaye, lurking on the edge of the box. He toe pokes well, well wide, though. A shocking effort and he knows it, holding his head in his hands.

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  65. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Speaking of set-pieces Palace have another corner, which Yohan Cabaye swings in high and to the edge of the area, the ball is hooked back in but Sunderland clear. Poor.

  66. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Yohan Cabaye

    Crystal Palace have been strong from set-pieces this season, but not in this match. 

    I've counted three corners they've had and at least one free-kick in a dangerous position and they've failed to do anything from any of them.

  67. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Oohs and ahhs as a bit of pinball plays out in the Sunderland area. 

    Yannick Bolasie hooks a ball across the face of goal for Wilfried Zaha, who races in at the far post and heads back across to Bolasie, who then shoots wide. The offside flag is up anyway for Zaha.

    Yannick Bolasie with a chance
  68. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Massive cheer, the biggest of the night so far in fact, as Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey belts a clearance up, over the roof and out of the stadium.

    A Crystal Palace fan
  69. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: That was much better from Palace. Their midfield three have been second best. That was the first time James McArthur picked the ball up and drove forward.
    James McArthur runs with the ball
  70. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    That's better from Crystal Palace! James McArthur spots a bit of space in Sunderland's defence and drives forward, fizzing a shot at goal but Costel Pantilimon clutches the ball above his head.

  71. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    The fact that Jonathan  Pearce and Steve Claridge are currently discussing each other's health tells you all you need to know about the action on the pitch at the moment. None-existent, but Sunderland will be happy with things at the moment.

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    Praise indeed...

    Sam Allardyce in the dugout
  73. Defensive Sunderland?

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland have undoubtedly come the closest to scoring in this game - but they have also been mindful to defend in numbers, as this graphic illustrates. Seven players, very much in a line.

    Sunderland average position
  74. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    ...Sebastian Larsson rolls the free-kick to the edge of the area for the unmarked Billy Jones but his shot is charged down and Crystal Palace survive. 

  75. PENALTY APPEAL

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Penalty? Jermain Defoe tumbles just inside the area, the away end shouts for a spot kick, but replays show that the striker was fouled just outside the area.

    Free-kick, and a good chance for Sunderland here...

  76. 'This is going to be a good game'

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: It's a good game. A lot of people coming here probably thought it would be one-way traffic. What we've seen so far, this is going to be a good game.
    Steven Fletcher for Sunderland
  77. Defoe fires wide

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Defoe attempt

    The graphic shows number six Lee Cattermole finding team-mate Jermain Defoe (18) with a pass. The ex-Tottenham striker was unable to provide the finishing touch a few minutes ago.

    Counter-attacking football is the order of the day for Sunderland, and it has been reasonably effective so far.

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  79. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Nasty. John O'Shea and Yannick Bolasie both go for the ball and end up clashing heads. Bolasie is made of strong stuff as he quickly shakes it off. O'Shea takes a little longer but is eventually up off the floor and good to go. It was a fairly heavy contact but both do seem OK.

    John O'Shea goes down with an injury
  80. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    First shot on target as Yannick Bolasie has a go from distance, low and hard but straight at Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal.

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  82. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Yannick Bolasie sends a cross into the area for Connor Wickham, its headed away but only as far as Yohan Cabaye, lurking on the edge of the area. He can't get his shot off and Sunderland break quickly again, this time Lee Cattermole tearing open the defence with a ball for Jermain Defoe, but he can't get his shot on target.

    Good, open game so far!

    Conor Wickham rises for the header
  83. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: It was a good move. Billy Jones came in off the right and plays a ball out. Patrick van Aanholt takes it at the near post instead off striking it to the far post - a misconnection
  84. Get Involved

    Pards or Big Sam for England?

    Alexander Greensmith: Pardew for longevity, Big Sam wants it but Sunderland will taint his career in my opinion. Though I feel it will be Southgate or Neville next after a QF finish at Euro 2016.

    Alistair Rodgers: I hate to say it but pardew has got to be a contender next time the England job becomes available 

    Anthony Rothwell: Sam Allardyce. always done the that was needed doing. Pardew struggled at charlton and west ham. So id say big sam is of the more deserving. 

    Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace
    Sam Allardyce- the Sunderland manager
  85. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Connor Wickham, acting as a lone striker, will be desperate to bag a goal against his former side tonight. He's not seen much of the ball yet as Sunderland embark on their second attack of the game with a quick break ending with Patrick van Aanholt, curling a low shot wide just inside the area.

  86. Ouch!

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    It's only a joke! Big Sam is only pretending to bang his head here. Maybe feeling the restrictions not only in the dugout, but also the Premier League. Even if his side win tonight they won't climb out of the relegation zone.

    Sam Allardyce pretends to bang his head in the dugout
  87. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Yannick Bolasie shows off some fancy footwork just inside the Crystal Palace half, before his cross is deflected behind for a corner. Jason Puncheon takes it drilling the ball into the box, but it is poor and Sunderland clear.

  88. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: That was a great chance. Fletcher produces great technique to control the ball. It sits up nicely but he skies the shot horribly.
  89. Fletcher fluffs his lines

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland's formation - with five at the back - suggests they are taking no chances tonight but it is the away side who has the first effort on goal, Jermain Defoe nodding a ball into the box down for Steven Fletcher, but he spoons a shot well over.

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  91. KICK-OFF

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

    And the game gets under way.

    Crystal Palace fans hold banners up ahead of kick off
  92. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    The players from both teams link arms as the French national anthem "La Marseillaise" is played to remember the 130 people who died in the Paris attacks earlier this month. French midfielder Yohan Cabaye sings the words.

  93. Post update

    A minute or so away from kick-off. First observation of the night - Sunderland's lime green kit is horrible.

  94. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland

    Right then, the players are out on what is a chilly night in London. The cold weather has not put the fans off, though, with Selhurst Park apparently sold out.

    Alice the Eagle- the Crystal Palace mascot
  95. Allardyce "trying various combinations"

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce: "We've got goalscorers in Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher tonight. When you have a team you have just taken over you have to find various combinations. With John O'Shea at left back we will hopefully nullify Palace's strength on the wing."

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    Pardew or Allardyce?

  97. "Sunderland system can cause us problems"

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will play five at the back tonight and have a system that will cause us problems, although it didn't work for him against Everton. Connor Wickham is in attack tonight for us. He hasn't scored for us yet but his link-up play is massive."

  98. Winter's here

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    You can tell the nights are getting colder. Although many continental footballers appear to still wear gloves in mid-May these days, the mascots demonstrating gloves, thermals AND hats suggest we're in for a cold night at Selhurst Park.

    Mascots having a kick-around at Selhurst Park
  99. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace players celebrate
  100. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC football commentator

     "If Crystal Palace's home form had matched their away successes, they would be in the top four.

    "Their performances at Selhurst Park haven't been justly rewarded but they should notch a home win in this one - especially if Yannick Bolasie repeats last season's Stadium of Light form, when his hat-trick destroyed Sunderland.

    "After their recent run of three defeats in league and cup, the Eagles bounced back to hold Manchester United and beat Liverpool. I can't see Sunderland containing them.

    "Big Sam Allardyce has had the international break working with most of his squad on team shape and discipline. But 18 goals conceded in six away games is relegation form."

  101. Forgotten how to win away?

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Sunderland won 3-1 at Crystal Palace in November last year. Since then, though, hardy Black Cats fans have not had much to cheer about following their team on the road. Just two away wins in almost a year, and none of those have come in this season.

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    Big Al or Big Sam? Not easy, but if one of them was to succeed Roy Hodgson, who would you go for?

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  103. Premier League Predictor

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

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    This game is a tough one to call. Could be a dull goalless draw, could be goals galore. 

    Fancy a crack at predicting the outcome? Then have a go at the Premier League predictorhere.

  104. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Sam Allardyce

    Crystal Palace have been excellent on the road - picking up four wins - but not so good at Selhurst Park, losing three games and winning just two. 

    In fairness, they have had to entertain Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, but Alan Pardew is still expecting a tough game tonight.

    "I never fancy my chances against a Sam Allardyce team," he said. "I know they have what they are trying to achieve in place and he has a team that knows how to play Premier League games - he's going to go and try and win the game."

  105. Party in the Selhurst Park

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Fancy some pre-match raving? South London is clearly the place to be tonight. 

    DJ's ahead of kick off at Selhurst Park
  106. Get involved

    Pardew or Allardyce

    Both have expressed an interest in the England job before, but who would be your pick, Alan Pardew or Sam Allardyce? 1-0 to Allardyce so far...

    Get involved via #bbcfootball, text in on 81111 (UK only) and have your say on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

    Sam Allardyce
  107. Team news

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palaceforward Marouane Chamakh is on the bench having recovered from a hamstring problem. 

    Connor Wickham is up front and replaces Bakary Sako in the starting XI.

    Palace xi

    Sunderland defender John O'Shea returns to the starting line-up having missed the last two games with a groin problem. Midfielder Lee Cattermole also takes his place in the XI having recovered from injury.

    Patrick van Aanholt, Jermain Defoe and Seb Larsson also return to the starting line-up.

    Sunderland XI
  108. Lack of PowerPoint cost me England job - Allardyce

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    If the FA had PowerPoint facilities back in 2006, Big Sam could have been England manager ages ago.

    On the shortlist to succeed Sven Goran Eriksson just over a decade ago, Allardyce put together "a real knock-your-socks-off" PowerPoint presentation for his interview.

    "There was nothing missing. Nobody but nobody was going to beat it," he said in his recent autobiography. "But then Brian Barwick, the chief executive, told me there were no PowerPoint facilities at the interview venue, so I had to print off hard copies for the panel.

    "So much for the progressive FA.3

  109. Get Involved

    Pardew or Allardyce?

    If one was chosen to become the next England boss, who would you go for?

    SMS Message: Why not Arsene Wenger for next ENGLAND manager. Unlike previous foreign managers he's worked here and knows the EPL and the players plus he gives young players a great framework to showcase their skills. from Duncan - Chelsea fan
    Duncan - Chelsea fan
  110. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Alan Pardew

    Life is pretty good for Alan Pardew at the moment.

    Once hounded by sections of the Newcastle United fans, the 54-year-old's transformation of Crystal Palace's fortunes has seen his stock rise so much that he has even been talked up as the next England manager in recent weeks.

    Of the five English managers in the Premier League, Pardew is the highest placed, with Crystal Palace currently 10th. The lowest? Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce in 19th. 

    Allardyce is a little over a month into his time at the Black Cats, but the pressure will be on him to start turning things around sooner rather than later.

  111. Team news

  112. On 5 live now

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Mark Chapman

    Pop 5 live on now for a bit of The Monday Night Club. Mark Chapman presents football discussion and build-up to Crystal Palace v Sunderland, with commentary on the game from 20:00.

  113. Post update

    Right, the news conference is winding down so time to switch our attention from Madrid to London for the big one - Crystal Palace versus Sunderland.

    If there are any other big lines to come from Perez I'll be sure to drop them in here.

    Selhurst Park ahead of tonight's game
  114. Post update

    Real Madrid news conference

    Florentino Perez has also batted away rumours that Carlo Ancelotti was being lined up for a sensational return in the summer, although did say "you never know what happens in six months".

  115. Post update

    Real Madrid news confernce

    Florentino Perez is still speaking, taking questions from the floor now.

    He says he understands fans' frustrations at Saturday's defeat, but asks for their support.

  116. Post update

    Real Madrid news conference

    Florentino Perez

    Florentino Perez adds that Rafael Benitez as "the chosen one" to bring success to the club.

    Erm, remember the last time someone was named "the Chosen One"...

    David Moyes
  117. Get Involved

    Benitez the right man for Real?

  118. Post update

    Real Madrid news conference

    Florentino Perez has no shortage confidence in Rafa Benitez to bring success to Real Madrid.

    "His job has only just started," he says. "Let him keep working, he will achieve his objectives.”

  119. Benitez staying

    Real Madrid news conference

    "We have complete faith and confidence in Rafa," says Perez. 

    As expected, Benitez is staying then.

  120. Post update

    Florentino Perez takes his place at the front of the gathered media and starts talking in Spanish.

  121. Post update

    Real Madrid news conference

    It is a packed news conference room at the Bernabeu, and there's movement at the front as a load of chaps in suits file out to sit on the front row. Should be go time any minute...

  122. Get Involved

    Would you keep Benitez?

    Tweet us using #bbcfootball, text 81111 or use the BBC MOTD Facebook page. 

  123. Is Tim for Real?

    Tim Sherwood

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez calls a news conference just days after Tim Sherwood is reported to have been offered a job at a top-flight Spanish side.

    Coincidence?

    Yes, yes it is coincidence.

  124. Post update

    Andy West

    Spanish football writer

    "An article in Monday's Marca newspaper claims the Real squad has lost all faith in Rafael Benitez.

    "Another report says players have taken to privately mocking their manager over his modest playing career and supposedly incomprehensible tactical instructions. 

    "They refer to him as 'number 10' - traditionally the intelligent playmaker who can read the game and see the spaces, things they do not think Benitez can do."

    Read more from Andy West on Rafael Benitez here.

  125. What's gone wrong for Rafa?

    Real Madrid news conference

    Back to why exactly Rafael Benitez is under a bit of pressure. Just 12 games into the season and the Spanish giants are already six points behind leaders Barcelona, who humiliated them in El Clasico on Saturday.

    Men against boys was how Chris Waddle described it on BBC Radio 5 live that night, and you can't argue with that. They were utterly outclassed.

    Cristiano Ronaldo was largely anonymous, and cut a frustrated figure throughout. He's been linked with a return to Manchester United over the weekend. Does the Portuguese forward want out?

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Cristiano Ronaldo
  126. The men who would be in charge of England

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    Sam Allardyce
    Image caption: Waiting for the England call

    Tonight's Premier League clash does, however, put together two managers who have ambitions to one day be in charge of England.

    "I believe I should be in the running whenever it comes round again," said Allardyce in his recent autobiography, serialised in the Sun last month. "I’m ambitious and I still want the England job."

    Pardew also let his interest be known last month, saying: "It’s the England  job. If you’re English and don’t want it then there must be something wrong with you.”

    Who do you reckon would be the best man for the job and why? Let us know via #bbcfootball, text in on 81111 (UK only) and have your say on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

    We are also running a vote on this page asking who would be better - Big Sam or Pards? The vote is open now and runs until 20:45 GMT. Check terms and conditions here.

  127. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce

    This Real Madrid news conference is not the only reason we're here tonight, with Crystal Palace taking on Sunderland in the Premier League at 20:00 GMT.

    It's Alan Pardew versus Sam Allardyce. A game between one team that has won just two games at home all season and another that is still searching for its first away win.

    Yep, doesn't bode well for any sort of Monday night thriller, but you never know...

  128. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

  129. Post update

  130. Post update

    Marca
    Image caption: Marca's front page on Monday

    A news conference called out of the blue would suggest that some sort of drastic action has been taken, but reports in Spain suggest otherwise.

    Marca suggests that Florentino Perez will speak in support of Benitez and "may even give the coach free rein to take any drastic measures that he sees fit."

    We'll find out soon enough, with the news conference set to get under way in about 15 minutes.

  131. Running out of time?

    Rafael Benitez

    Just five months after becoming Real Madrid boss, the pressure appears to be mounting on Rafael Benitez.

    A 4-0 hammering at home to fierce rivals Barcelona in Saturday's El Clasico led to boos from Real fans, and a news conference with president Florentino Perez was called earlier today for 18:30 GMT tonight.

    Is the axe about to fall on Benitez? Or will Perez give him is backing?