Counago fires Palace to victory

Pablo Counago's first-half strike secured Crystal Palace a 1-0 home success over Doncaster but they remain in the Championship relegation zone.

Last Updated: 27/11/10 at 18:04

Counago: Grabbed the winner

Counago: Grabbed the winner

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

It was Palace's third win in four games, all of them at Selhurst Park.

Doncaster, who are now without a win in four league matches, started well, James Hayter missing two good opportunities but Palace took the lead through Counago's second of the season 10 minutes before the break.

There were chances at both ends in the second half with Wilfried Zaha hitting the post for Palace but home goalkeeper Julian Speroni also saved well from Brian Stock and John Oster.

Doncaster had the better of the opening stages with two chances falling to Hayter within the first 15 minutes. He first headed over from James Coppinger's chipped ball through before heading wide from Coppinger's near-post corner.

The home side created their first opportunity after 24 minutes, Darren Ambrose's cross was met by Neil Danns but his right-footed 12 yarder was well saved lowdown by Doncaster's veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

Doncaster remained dangerous and created two opportunities just after the half-hour. But Hayter, who was one-on-one with Palace goalkeeper Speroni, was well tackled by Anthony Gardner before Speroni tipped over David Healy's overhead kick.

Palace then took the lead after 35 minutes.

Ambrose enjoyed a run down the right and passed to Counago on the right side of the area, the striker finishing well slotting a right-footed shot

between Sullivan and his near post.

Rovers started the second half as they began the first Coppinger having a good chance to equalise after 52 minutes but his effort was straight at Speroni from 15 yards.

The home side then had a great chance to double their lead a minute later. Counago threaded a ball to James Vaughan who was one-on-one with Sullivan but he could only hit his shot straight at the keeper.

Counago himself then had a shot from the edge of the area which Sullivan did brilliantly to tip round the post before Zaha dribbled his way into the box and unleashing a shot which hit the post.

Doncaster went up the other end and Speroni did excellently. First tipping over Healy's effort before doing even better to fingertip wide Brian Stock's 25-yard volley two minutes later.

Sean O'Driscoll's side kept pressing for the equaliser and Oster forced Speroni into a great save with a shot from the edge of the area before Healy had their last chance three minutes from time but Speroni again was up to the challenge.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Transfer news: Crystal Palace confirm the signing of Senegal defender Pape Souare

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Senegal defender Pape Souare from Lille, subject to a work permit.

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea happy to maintain their five-point Premier League lead

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was happy to take a point after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez delighted with 'immense' Everton's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Roberto Martinez believes his side can now reach their true potential after ending their winless run at Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company