Cabaye scores only goal
- Eagles’ first PL win over Saints
- Palace moves to 6th
Yohan Cabaye was the only man able to find the back of the net in a hard-fought 1-0 win for Crystal Palace over Southampton, highlighted by strong play from both goalkeepers.
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Paulo Gazzaniga made his first appearance of the season in goal for Southampton, replacing the injured Martin Stekelenburg. The 23-year-old was ready for action, as he made a trio of quick saves in the first half. Gazzaniga got fingertips on a Yannick Bolasie shot headed for the back of the net, and then stopped Yohan Cabaye’s volley on the ensuing corner kick. Palace hit in another corner, and Gazzaniga made a point-blank save on a Connor Wickham header to keep the match scoreless after a flurry of pressure from the home side.
It was then Crystal Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey getting in on the action, making the save of the match on Steven Davis. Davis got his head on a cross and was ready to celebrate the opening goal, only to see Hennessey make a sprawling save, tipping the ball over the crossbar.
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The deadlock was finally broken in the 38th minute when Yohan Cabaye finished past Gazzaniga to give Palace the lead, although through no fault of the goalkeeper. Yannick Bolasie blew past his defender on the right wing and played in a cross to Cabaye, who was left unmarked in the box and easily tapped home from five yards out.
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The second half was pretty even, although Palace had the better of chances to go two goals ahead. However, both keepers continued to make big saves as the scoreline stayed a 1-0 in favor of the hosts.
Southampton nearly equalized deep into stoppage time through Shane Long, who found himself in on the break. Long fired a shot on target, but Wayne Hennessey made a huge kick save as the final whistle blew, giving all three points to Crystal Palace.