- Fulham vs Crystal Palace

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Sunday 11 May 2014 | Craven Cottage | Referee: Kevin Friend | Attendance 24,447

  • Cauley Woodrow (61)
  • Chris David (90+4)
2 - 2
Crystal Palace
  • Dwight Gayle (28, 83)
Crystal Palace

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Relegated Fulham ended their 13-year stay in the Barclays Premier League with a last-gasp equaliser from Chris David to earn a point in an entertaining London derby against Crystal Palace.

Neither team had much to play for heading into the climax of the campaign after Fulham's survival battle was ended with a 4-1 loss at Stoke City last weekend.

Dwight Gayle, the hero of Palace's remarkable 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Monday, looked to have given his side the points with a double, which was separated by Cauley Woodrow's first goal for Fulham.

However substitute David became another first-time scorer for the hosts and ensured his side would take a share of the spoils in the fourth minute of added time with a magnificent curling effort that flew into the top corner.

Palace finished the campaign in 11th place, while Fulham ended up in 19th.

The hosts created the first real chance after seven minutes with Alexander Kacaniklic's low drive drawing a near-post save from Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Palace crafted an opening themselves four minutes later, as Gayle played in Yannick Bolasie only for Fulham shot-stopper David Stockdale to produce a fine save.

However, Stockdale was beaten just a few moments later when Gayle flicked home from Joel Ward's low cross into the area.

The visitors continued to dictate matters, and would have doubled their advantage had Stockdale not pulled off another strong stop to keep out Scott Dann's header from Tom Ince's free-kick.

The hosts did threaten an equaliser in first-half injury-time, but Fernando Amorebieta's header was kept out by Hennessey at his right-hand post.

Amorebieta was heavily involved again as Fulham went agonisingly close to levelling early in the second half as the Venezuela defender's header back across goal was nodded against the post by Hugo Rodallega.

Palace were forced into a substitution in the 59th minute as Mile Jedinak was replaced by Kagisho Dikgacoi after suffering an injury.

And Jedinak's absence was felt two minutes later as Woodrow netted the equaliser with an excellent curling finish beyond Hennessey after collecting a clever reverse pass from Rodallega.

Tony Pulis's men responded well and appeared to have claimed the points after 83 minutes as Gayle struck with a terrific low free-kick into the bottom corner from some way out.

Gayle then missed a chance to claim his hat-trick, as he diverted the ball wide of an open goal after Glenn Murray had crashed an effort against the crossbar.

And that miss proved costly as David, who had come on for the injured Kacaniklic in the 23rd minute, ensured that Fulham ended the season on a high with a magnificent maiden goal for the club.

Fulham manager Felix Magath: "We never fought as a team that fights against relegation. If I look at the TV and saw Sunderland or Norwich playing, they had much more fight than us.

"I asked my team what was going on and one player told me 'we cannot fight'. No, I've never been at a club before where a player has told me they can't fight. I was surprised to hear that and I don't know why he said it. He said to me, 'we cannot fight', not 'he cannot fight'. It's not a problem if it's only one player.

"It was relief to score that [second] goal because we'd played well for 90 minutes. The young players worked hard and I was sorry that they were a goal behind because they didn't deserve that.

"Chris [David]'s goal makes it a little bit better for us and we're hopeful for the future. This was the start of the new season for me."

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: "When I first came to the club Dwight [Gayle] was the marquee signing. We'd spent a lot of money on him and it looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders in lots of respects.

"He wasn't really integrated into the group and he looked a bit on the fringes, so we spent a lot of time opening him up as a person and a player.

"He's become a lot closer to the group and his mates in the dressing room. He didn't need the pressure, we took that away from him and he's improved immensely.

"Now he looks like what he is: a very, very good goalscorer. I expect a good return from him next season."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
13. David Stockdale 2.5 4.09
5. Brede Hangeland - 4.48
22. Elsad Zverotic 8.0 2.87
4. John Heitinga - 4.38
35. Fernando Amorebieta - 3.53
7. Steve Sidwell - 4.97
28. Scott Parker - 4.71
15. Kieran Richardson - 4.26
11. Alexander Kacaniklic 8.0 4.24
25. Cauley Woodrow - 4.0
20. Hugo Rodallega - 4.46
Substitutes All Fans BFR
18. Kostas Mitroglou 8.0 7.69
19. Ryan Tunnicliffe - 4.89
24. Ashkan Dejagah - 4.79
41. Jesse Joronen - -
32. George Williams - -
30. Chris David - 0.0
8. Pajtim Kasami 8.0 5.15
Line-up All Fans BFR
26. Wayne Hennessey 3.0 4.94
6. Scott Dann 6.0 5.28
2. Joel Ward 8.0 5.08
3. Adrian Mariappa 4.0 4.18
27. Damien Delaney 4.0 4.69
28. Joe Ledley 6.0 5.76
15. Mile Jedinak 6.0 5.56
11. Tom Ince 4.0 5.18
7. Yannick Bolasie 8.0 5.15
16. Dwight Gayle 9.5 5.56
29. Marouane Chamakh 8.0 5.66
Substitutes All Fans BFR
12. Stuart O'Keefe 2.0 4.44
17. Glenn Murray 5.0 5.7
30. Cameron Jerome 8.0 4.29
19. Daniel Gabbidon 1.0 4.66
8. Kagisho Dikgacoi 1.0 4.43
1. Julian Speroni 1.0 5.52
13. Jason Puncheon 1.0 5.28

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