- Palace into the Top Four with win
- Dann with goal, assist for Palace
- Adama produces Villa’s goal
- Villa with three points from three matches
Alan Pardew’s thriving Eagles picked up their second win of the year, this time a 2-1 decision over Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Scott Dann scored for Palace, later adding the assist on Bakary Sako’s first Eagles goal.
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Palace came close to breaking through several times, on one occasion denied by USMNT keeper Brad Guzan’s sliding save that finished with the American careening into the post with his hip.
The Eagles had a goal pulled back well after it was awarded when a shot that took a turn off James McArthur’s chest and into the goal took plenty of celebratory plaudits before the linesman called it back.
It was Dann who completed the trick with a rising header off a Jason Puncheon corner with 20 minutes to play in South London.
Adama Traore helped Villa to an equalizer when he danced around Jason Puncheon and then crossed the ball off Pape Souare, flummoxing Alex McCarthy on its way into the goal.
Perhaps turnabout was fair play when Jordan Amavi gifted the match-winning chance to Palace, with Sako hitting a beautiful strike on debut in the 88th minute.
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Dann dispossesses Amavi, lays it back to Sako and he dispatches with aplomb. #CRYAVL
— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) August 22, 2015