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    Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom Report

    By Scott Hunt

    Wilfried Zaha stole the show as Crystal Palace backed up their away form with a victory over West Brom at Selhurst Park.

    Zaha won a late penalty which was converted by Yohan Cabaye to seal the points after Yannick Bolasie had put Palace in front.

    That was the first away goal West Brom had conceded this season and victory for Palace was only their fifth win in their last 13 home games.

    Palace boss Alan Pardew is delighted with their early season form but believes they have a lot to do to challenge the top teams in the league.

    We're only 8 games in, if you're going to have a run at the top guys you need everyone to stay fit,” Pardew told his post match press conference.

    “We've a long, long way to go. But the here and now is that we played very well today.

    “We've played well this year. We've had some tough fixtures.

    “We approached the game knowing what to expect. We knew we needed to be patient. We played in a controlled manner.”

    The Eagles started brightly and Zaha set the tone for his afternoon by flashing a shot just wide after seven minutes.

    West Brom’s hopes of keeping a 15th clean sheet in 2015 were dealt a blow when Jonny Evans was forced off midway through the first half and with 20 minutes to go they were undone.

    Cabaye’s curling cross found Bolasie who headed home his first Selhurst Park goal since New Year’s Day 2013.

    With a minute to go, Zaha surged at Chris Brunt and the Northern Ireland international conceded the penalty which was coolly dispatched by Cabaye – his second spot-kick success in as many matches.

    Pardew praised the impact of Cabaye on the win and expressed his delight at being able to sign the Frenchman.

    “Cabaye orchestrated things,” he said.

    “I thought he was tremendous today and, of course, he created the goal and scored the other.

    “The dialogue between me and the chairman in the summer was very easy. 'Go and sign Cabaye.'

    “I know Yohan's character. I knew he would accept what was happening at PSG. He needed someone to trust.

    “I hope everyone in France was watching him today, because he was excellent.”

    Palace’s win had lifted them into third in the Premier League table, but Arsenal’s resounding win over Manchester United means The Eagles end the weekend in fourth – just three points behind leaders Manchester City.

    The last time Palace had this many points after eight games was in 1990-91 when they finished the season in third. Heading into the international break, there are many tipping Palace to make a charge for a European place come the end of the campaign.

    After a tough fixture list at the start of the season, Palace now have some games where they will be hoping to notch a succession of wins – starting with another home game against West Ham on October 17.

    West Brom meanwhile take on Sunderland in their next game, when the Black Cats will have a new manager following the departure of Dick Advocaat.

    Photograph: Michael Mayhew/Sportsphoto
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