Honours even at Selhurst Park

Glenn Murray was stetchered off as the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final between Crystal Palace and Brighton finished 0-0 at Selhurst Park.

Last Updated: 11/05/13 at 08:04 Post Comment

Glenn Murray: Challenges Inigo Calderon at Selhurst Park

Glenn Murray: Challenges Inigo Calderon at Selhurst Park

More of the games that matter

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

The Eagles, who only clung on to a place in the top six with a first win in 10 matches last weekend, managed to cancel out their arch-rivals in the first leg. But they surely face an uphill task when they head down the M23 for Monday's second leg after 30-goal top scorer Murray was stretchered off.

The former Seagulls striker collapsed in agony after appearing to get his studs caught in the turf in the second half, and his play-off campaign looks over.

In contrast to Palace, Brighton came into the game on the back of a nine-match unbeaten run. And it was clear in the first half which team was in form with Brighton opening up a nervous-looking Palace side with their trademark slick passing.

Wayne Bridge skipped past Joel Ward and crossed for Leonardo Ulloa six yards out, but the Argentinian striker headed wastefully wide.

Will Buckley's cross was then met by Dean Hammond in the area and the midfielder crashed a powerful header towards goal, but Julian Speroni made a fine point-blank save.

For Palace, the lively Jonny Williams drove narrowly wide while Murray could have had a penalty when Matt Upson held him in the area, but referee Michael Oliver was unmoved.

Wilfried Zaha was making his final home appearance for Palace ahead of his summer switch to Manchester United.

The winger was rarely allowed to show the talent which persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to invest £15million in him, although one shimmy, run and cross deserved better than Williams' tame header.

Zaha found more space after the interval and turned Inigo Calderon inside out, and back again, before fizzing a low ball across goal which Murray just failed to get a touch on.

Then Owen Garvan's cross was met by Danny Gabbidon but his header was kept out by Tomasz Kuszczak, with Andrea Orlandi completing the clearance.

Palace's evening went sour when Murray tried to turn sharply in the box, crumpled to the ground and needed lengthy treatment before leaving the action on a stretcher.

Yet they almost grabbed a late winner from another Garvan cross which Kagisho Dikgacoi tried to bundle home, but Calderon was on hand to hack the ball clear.

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.

More Match Results

Tuesday, 27 January 2015
19:45
Derby 2-0 Blackburn Report
Millwall 0-0 Reading Report
Rotherham 4-2 Bolton Report
Sheff Wed 0-0 Birm'ham Report
Saturday, 24 January 2015
15:00
Norwich 1-2 Brentford Report
Watford 7-2 Blackpool Report
Wigan 0-1 Huddsf'ld Report
Wolves 0-0 Charlton Report
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
19:45
Brighton 3-2 Ipswich Report
Fulham 3-2 N Forest Report

Footer 365

Eden Hazard: 'Chelsea need Diego Costa'

Eden Hazard admits Chelsea 'need' Diego Costa as he faces a three-match ban for a stamp on Emre Can on Tuesday night.

Copa del Rey: Luis Enrique says Neymar had to be substituted against Atletico Madrid to prevent injury

Luis Enrique says he had to substitute Neymar to prevent him from being injured in an ugly cup tie with Atletico.

Capital One Cup: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino pleased to overcome challenging tie with Sheffield United

Mauricio Pochettino dedicated Tottenham's Capital One Cup semi-final triumph over Sheffield United to the fans.

Mail Box

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

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