- Crystal Palace vs Stoke

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Saturday 13 December 2014 | Selhurst Park | Referee: Kevin Friend | Attendance 23,038

Crystal Palace
  • James McArthur (11)
Crystal Palace
1 - 1
Stoke
  • Peter Crouch (13)
Stoke

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Crystal Palace failed to win for a fourth consecutive Barclays Premier League match as they were held 1-1 at home by Stoke City on Saturday.

Neil Warnock's men arguably edged proceedings at Selhurst Park, but a lack of cutting edge in the final third meant a below-par Stoke were seldom troubled.

Yannick Bolasie was once more Palace's primary attacking threat, the winger providing the assist for James McArthur to head home the opener after 11 minutes.

Stoke, who were aiming to build on last weekend's 3-2 win over Arsenal, were level by the 13th minute, though, when the ball fell kindly for Peter Crouch to score from close-range.

McArthur was then denied in each half by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as Palace failed to find a winner. The draw leaves Palace a point above the relegation zone, while Mark Hughes' Stoke, who have still yet to record back-to-back league wins this term, climb above Everton and Aston Villa into 11th.

The hosts moved ahead from the first clear-cut opportunity of the match. Bolasie beat Phil Bardsley with quick feet and delivered a perfectly weighted cross from the left, which McArthur met with a looping header to claim his first Palace goal.

However, the lead lasted for just two minutes as Stoke found a quick reply. The in-form Bojan Krkic glided past Scott Dann on the right before cutting back a pass from the byline to Jonathan Walters, whose deflected shot fell for Crouch to tap home at the back post.

Despite that setback Palace remained the more threatening side, with Bolasie a constant danger down the left. The winger played one particularly intricate through-ball that again picked out McArthur and Stoke goalkeeper Begovic had to react quickly to keep out the midfielder's close-range shot.

On the other flank Wilfried Zaha saw his penalty claims waved away by referee Kevin Friend in the 35th minute when his cross hit Erik Pieters on the arm in the penalty area.

Stoke were struggling in Palace's final third and their hopes took a further blow when Bojan was replaced by Marko Arnautovic in the 55th minute, seemingly as a precaution against injury. Begovic subsequently produced an excellent save low to his right, palming away McArthur's drilled effort from 20 yards.

The second half became more cagey with both defences on top, although Stoke did briefly threaten with a flurry of corners.

Palace were forced into a reshuffle in the 76th minute when Marouane Chamakh exited play with an apparent hamstring injury and was replaced by Dwight Gayle.

As the clock wound down Crouch had a half-chance to steal the points for Stoke after Mame Biram Diouf had nodded down a long throw-in, but his half-volley was easily collected by Julian Speroni in the Palace goal.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "It was a war of attrition, they are a very good team but we did reasonably well. Their 'keeper made a great save from James McArthur and we deserved something, so I cannot fault the lads.

"We slightly edged it and we were disappointed not to get all three points. If we get one or two people in, we will be alright. None of us are pleased with the pitch, it is a difficulty and we all know we have a problem with it. But it's the same for both teams. It's almost like running on sand at times."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "After the goals the two teams effectively cancelled each other out. We were trying to get the ball down to pass and move, but it was difficult on the pitch. It was a contrast of styles to an extent but as the game wore on, both teams wanted to make sure they protected the point."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Julian Speroni 10.0 5.81
34. Martin Kelly 10.0 5.29
6. Scott Dann 10.0 5.27
4. Brede Hangeland 10.0 5.65
2. Joel Ward 10.0 5.45
18. James McArthur 10.0 5.55
28. Joe Ledley 10.0 5.28
15. Mile Jedinak 10.0 5.81
29. Marouane Chamakh 10.0 5.17
11. Wilfried Zaha 10.0 5.77
7. Yannick Bolasie 10.0 5.73
Substitutes All Fans BFR
25. Barry Bannan - 4.63
10. Fraizer Campbell - 5.15
16. Dwight Gayle - 6.04
27. Damien Delaney - 5.14
42. Jason Puncheon - 5.12
13. Wayne Hennessey - 4.37
14. Jerome Thomas - 2.5
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Asmir Begovic 0.0 5.99
3. Erik Pieters 0.0 4.51
17. Ryan Shawcross 0.0 6.24
12. Marc Wilson 0.0 4.63
2. Phil Bardsley 0.0 4.34
20. Geoff Cameron 0.0 4.88
18. Mame Biram Diouf 0.0 6.5
15. Steven N'Zonzi 0.0 5.36
27. Bojan 0.0 5.77
19. Jonathan Walters 0.0 5.8
25. Peter Crouch 0.0 6.38
Substitutes All Fans BFR
24. Oussama Assaidi - 3.1
4. Robert Huth - 4.05
6. Glenn Whelan - 5.2
16. Charlie Adam - 4.89
22. Jack Butland - 2.75
7. Stephen Ireland - 3.58
10. Marko Arnautovic - 4.46

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