Puncheon secures Eagles win

Jason Puncheon's superb second-half strike earned Crystal Palace a 1-0 home win over Norwich City and a first Premier League victory of 2016.

  • Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich
  • Puncheon scores second-half screamer
  • Palace secure first win in 2016
  • Norwich still embroiled in relgation scrap

Match summary

Jason Puncheon scored his first goal of the season, cutting in from the left to score from 20 yards and lift Palace 10 points above the relegation zone as well as securing their first three points of the year.

Full report

Both teams had canceled each other out until Puncheon's long-range effort put Palace in front in the 68th minute. The game then opened up but Norwich just couldn't find a way past a resolute home defence. 

Norwich's Robbie Brady hit an ambitious 40-yard strike early on but the effort was well off target, before Matt Javis then fired a shot which caught Scott Dann right in the face.

Norwich were trying to impose themselves and Jonny Howson fired a shot high and wide in the 15th minute.

However, Palace went close soon after as Pape Souare's cross into the box fell to Pucheon, but the winger's scuffed shot deflected away off Martin Olsson.

Dieumerci Mbokani then came to the rescue for Norwich, heading the ball clear from under the bar after John Ruddy failed to deal with a corner.

Norwich goalkeeper Ruddy made a comfortable save from Dann's header in the 29th minute before the visitors had a decent shout for a penalty at the other end.

Jarvis chested the ball down in the box and was barged over by Damien Delaney but referee Michael Oliver ignored City's appeals for a spot-kick.

Dann then blocked a goalbound Steven Naismith effort as Norwich knocked on the door.

However, the Canaries suffered a blow when Timm Klose had to go off in the 39th minute with a knee injury that he suffered going in for a tackle, for which he was also booked, with Sebastien Bassong coming on for the Swiss defender.

The first half ended 0-0 with each team canceling each other out and the second half followed the same pattern until Puncheon opened the scoring.  

The winger controlled the ball before hitting a curling left-footed shot from the edge of the box into the corner of the net.

The game immediately opened up and Norwich almost equalised three minutes. The visitors attacked and Ryan Bennett's volley was superbly saved by Wayne Hennessey.

Souare's block then denied Brady, before Ruddy kept out sub Wilfried Zaha's shot at the other end.

Palace's Joe Ledley came on for Puncheon in the 75th minute, while Norwich's Nathan Redmond replaced Jarvis.

Ruddy then saved a cracking effort from Zaha as Palace looked for a second. Then on 79 minutes Palace's Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak failed to prod the ball over the line during a goalmouth scramble.

Palace goalkeeper Hennessey then blocked a shot from Brady and City sub Patrick Bamford made a hash of the rebound.

In stoppage time Brady hit a corner into the box but Bennett couldn't get on the end of it and Brady then fired over. The Canaries just couldn't find the back of the net as Palace held on for a crucial victory.

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