Marouane Chamakh got his second goal in two games to help Crystal Palace to a 2-0 win over Cardiff.
Having helped Palace to a win on Wednesday against West Ham, Chamakh’s header was the final nail in the coffin for Cardiff who offered little at Selhurst Park. The victory made it three wins from four games for Palace.
With both sides at the bottom end of the Premier League table today’s match was worth more than just three points. Palace went into the game 19th, four places below Cardiff, but were the quick out of the blocks.
Cameron Jerome got the hosts ahead when he headed home a cross from Jason Puncheon after just six minutes, his physicality proving too much for the Cardiff defence to handle. Palace were quick to pile on the pressure with Barry Bannan, who curled a right-footed shit just wide of the Cardiff goal. Apart from a half chance from a free-kick from Peter Whittingham, Cardiff’s efforts were limited.
Whittingham helped lead the charge for Cardiff after half time with a delicate cross which nearly picked out Jordan Mutch, but the Palace defence stood firm. It was only a matter of time before Chamakh scored, having shown great confidence throughout the match, and his time came on the 58th minute when he volleyed his strike home with the outside of his boot on 58 minutes.
Peter Odemwingie nearly got Cardiff back into it 5 minutes later but his header went just over the bar from six yards out.
Cardiff substitute Peter Odemwingie should have reduced the arrears five minutes later, heading over when just six yards out.
From then on it was all Palace, as Jerome, Chamakh and Bannan continued to torment the visiting defence.
Palace continued to pile on the pressure until the final whistle and are now within a point of Cardiff in the Premier League table.
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