Eagles soar past toothless Baggies

Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye were on target as Crystal Palace eased to a 2-0 Premier League win over West Brom at Selhurst Park.

  • Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0
  • Berahino hauled off at half-time
  • Bolasie heads Palace in front 
  • Cabaye scores late penalty 
  • Two defeats in a row for WBA

Match Summary

Bolasie headed home in the 68th minute, while Cabaye converted from the spot with a minute to go after Chris Brunt had brought down Wilfried Zaha in a game dominated by the home side against a dogged but toothless Baggies outfit.

Full Report

The opening period was very much the Zaha show as the Eagles wide man terrorized makeshift left-back Brunt.

Bolasie twice tested Boaz Myhill from distance early on before the outstanding Zaha dragged a shot wide after cutting inside Brunt.

The Baggies were forced into a defensive reshuffle midway through the half when Jonny Evans limped off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by James Chester, with Craig Dawson moving across to central defence.

The beleaguered Brunt suffered a nasty head injury after crashing into Zaha's forearm before the Eagles winger twice went close in the space of five minutes but Myhill was equal to both efforts at his near post.

Palace also thought they should have had a penalty when Dwight Gayle tumbled over in the box but referee John Moss correctly waved away their appeals.

Tony Pulis hauled off the ineffective Saido Berahino at the break and brought on Craig Gardner to give West Brom more of a foothold in midfield.

That change at least brought about a first shot on target for the Baggies, even if it took 64 minutes to arrive, as James McClean fired straight at Wayne Hennessey.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 68th minute when Albion failed to clear a Palace corner and Yohan Cabaye's superb cross to the far post was nodded home from close range by Bolasie.

And the points were wrapped up with a minute to go when Zaha went down under a challenge from Brunt just inside the area and Cabaye made no mistake from the spot.