Crystal Palace showed great tenacity and character to sneak a late winner in a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
- Stoke City 1 Crystal Palace 2
- Wickham scores from the spot
- Bojan equalises on 75 minutes
- Chung-Yong nets dramatic winner
Crystal Palace showed great tenacity and character to sneak a late winner in a 2-1 victory away to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
It was an action-packed an incident filled encounter at the Britannia, which saw the match go from end to end, both keepers busy throughout the afternoon. Bojan managed to cancel out Wickham's penalty with a spot-kick off his own, and while a draw may have been a fair reflection of the game, Chung-Yong had other ideas as he blasted a 30-yarder into the top corner in the dying minutes.
Stoke were the dominant side in the first half, enjoying seven efforts on goal to Palace's two, the home side unfortunate not to take anything out of the game after also being on top for good periods of the second stanza.
The South London club however were to make a bright start to the game, keeping Stoke on their toes with a high line of defence.
But with efforts on goal failing to happen, Mark Hughes’ team were able to take a stranglehold on the match at a blustery Britanica Stadium.
It took a full 25 minutes though for the first chance to arrive, which saw Bojan firing in a stinging drive which Wayne Hennessey did very well to tip over.
Six minutes later Marko Arnautovic made sure Hennessey was alert when he beat two players before having a go from close to the half way line.
The hosts were unlucky not to go in front seven minutes before the break when Erik Pieters' cross was steered goal-wards by Marco van Ginkel, the ball bouncing back off the woodwork.
Palace were to grab the lead just before half time when they were awarded a spot kick after Glenn Whelan's clumsy challenge on Wilfried Zaha, allowing Connor Wickam to fire in a blistering penalty, Jack Butland picking the ball out the back of the net for what was his first meaningful involvement in the match.
The contest burst to life after the restart as Yannick Bolasie blazed over the bar for Allan Pardew's team before Ibrahim Afellay sliced a shot wide after which Glen Johnson had a well-struck shot saved by Hennessey.
The action continued as James McArthur turned his shot just wide of goal on 58 minutes before the same player had a close range shot blocked by Johnson on the line.
Bojan then shot straight at Hennessey on 75 minutes when he looked set to score, but made no mistake a minute later when he converted from the penalty spot after Damien Delaney was punished for a handball.
Bojan continued to threaten while Xherdan Shaqiri was nearly able to sneak a shot over the line from 40-yards.
But after Bolasie had been denied by Butland, Palace won it at the death as Lee Chung-Yong fired in a 30-yard screamer into the top corner in the 89th minute.