Murray salvo sinks Charlton

Glenn Murray got Crystal Palace's promotion bid back on track with a late double to sink south London rivals Charlton in a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park.

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Glenn Murray: Late double to beat London rivals Charlton

Glenn Murray: Late double to beat London rivals Charlton

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The striker took his tally for the season 25 goals, cancelling out Ricardo Fuller's first half opener for the Addicks.

Palace were top of the npower Championship shortly after Ian Holloway took over in October but a worrying dip in results had seen them slip off the pace.

They put in a shocking first-half display and were deservedly behind at the break, but Murray's brace secured only a second win in 10 matches for the Eagles.

Palace actually made a bright start with Wilfried Zaha, now officially on loan from Manchester United, running from his own half into the penalty area and forcing a last-ditch tackle from Chris Solly.

Fellow winger Yannick Bolasie then teed himself up for an extravagant overhead kick but his effort was saved by Ben Hamer.

But Jamaican frontman Fuller, who began his career at Selhurst Park, latched onto a long ball over the top, charged into the area and drove a low, angled drive through Julian Speroni's legs and into the far corner.

As the break approached Palace did have another sight of Hamer's goal but Alex Marrow's shot was deflected wide.

Holloway sent on his new signing, veteran striker Kevin Phillips, after the interval and Zaha drove an early effort off target.

Charlton had thrown away the lead to lose 2-1 against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend and the jitters struck again when Murray found the equaliser in the 75th minute.

The former Brighton frontman latched onto Dean Moxey's pass and tucked it past Hamer.

And four minutes later Palace grabbed their dramatic winner when Charlton failed to clear Stephen Dobbie's cross.

The ball fell to Jazz Richards, who teed up Murray for another expert finish past Hamer which clinched a vital three points for Holloway and his men.

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