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Match Report: Coventry City 1-1 Crystal Palace (Crystal Palace Fan's Perspective)

Thursday 8th March 2012
Coventry City XI: Murphy; Keogh, Cranie, Clarke, Cameron; Baker, McSeheffrey, Deegan, Norwood; Nimely, Platt.

Crystal Palace XI : Speroni; McShane, McCarthy, Gardner, Parr; Jedinak, Garvan, Zaha, Ambrose; Martin, Easter.

Far too often in recent seasons negative tactics have seen Palace throw away leads away from home, and when Darren Ambrose fired home a penalty for the Eagles after just four minutes at the Ricoh Arena, there was little hope of the lead lasting.

Dougie Freedman's side went into Tuesday evening's game unbeaten in six. They faced a Coventry side whose home form of late had been somewhat promising despite their lowly place near the foot of the Championship table.  That home form looked to be coming to an end as Nathan Cameron brought down Chris Martin in the box and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Darren Ambrose tucked home the spot-kick and Palace's visiting supporters were treated to the perfect start.

Perhaps they had scored too early, as they do have a tendency to naturally sit back on a lead and invite pressure from the opposition. Julian Speroni was making his 250th appearance for the South London side and his team mates had him to thank as a string of fine saves denied the likes of Keogh, Nimely and McSheffrey.

Despite Coventry's dominance, Wilfried Zaha almost doubled the visitor's advantage with a curling effort from the edge of the area, but a comfortable diving save from Joe Murphy ensured his side trailed by just one going in to the half time break.

A tame second half was brought to life when summer signing Cody McDonald came on for the Sky Blues and with just ten minutes remaining, his effort from just inside the box squeezed past the otherwise faultless Speroni.

The equaliser set up a nervy finish for both teams but they both held on for a fiercely fought point.

Coventry boss Andy Thorn praised his side for fighting back and opposing manager Dougie Freedman had nothing but respect for his counterparts, claiming their “fighting spirit” which will be extremely useful in their fight against the drop.
Harry Howes

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