Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa (02.12.2014) Live Commentary

We have been witnesses to an uneventful game without many stirring situations. There is a space for improvement in other games. Both teams tried to control the game, but unsuccessfully. Their overall performances were more or less even. Both sides tried to prevail using combination football.
The referee checks his watch and blows his whistle to signal the end of this match.
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) is the one who was caught offside.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s not a big threat for the goalkeeper as his effort is blocked by a defender.
Michael Oliver shows a yellow card to Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) for a tough tackle.
4 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Paul Lambert decides to make a substitution. Tom Cleverley is going off the pitch and Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) is coming on.
The game has come to an end for Martin Kelly. He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).
The resulting corner from Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
Crystal Palace are on the ball. They increase their possession, but one of the opposition players stopped their effort. Crystal Palace earn a corner.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger.
Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) didn’t hesitate to knock his opponent down with a harsh sliding tackle. Michael Oliver could probably show him a yellow, but he only goes with blowing the whistle for a foul. Aston Villa are given a free kick. Will they create any chance from that?
Crystal Palace are passing the ball across the pitch and keep possession. However, the opponent intercepts one pass, and the situation changes.
A pass from Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) is intercepted by Brad Guzan and the move breaks down.
Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) has received a yellow card for his foul.
Michael Oliver shows the yellow card to Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) for a heavy challenge.
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Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
Crystal Palace enjoying a spell of pressure at the moment, but one of the defenders gets it clear. The referee points to the corner flag. Crystal Palace are given a corner.
The free kick is delivered by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) but it is not one of his best and easily cleared.
A player from Aston Villa pulled an opponent down, making the referee blow the whistle. Crystal Palace have a free kick.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) receives a good pass just outside the box, unleashes a strike from a promising position, but the shot is thwarted by the defender. Crystal Palace force a corner. They send men into the box.
James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is moving again okay after that injury scare.
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) creates himself a good chance and goes for goal from mid-range, but he misses the goal well over the bar.
James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is writhing in pain and can now receive medical treatment after the referee decides to stop play.
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is in a great chance inside the six-yard box, shoots low to the middle of the goal, but Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) pulls off an exquisite save to deny him.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
Aston Villa keep the ball well and push forward with purpose, but here comes an interception from the opposition. The referee signals for a corner kick, Aston Villa are awarded.
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
The Aston Villa players find open spaces, and they are able to move the ball from one to another. But now comes an error, and they involuntarily pass the ball to their opponent.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) is caught offside!
Crystal Palace seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it.
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) fouls his opponent and receives a yellow card from the referee, but he is clearly not happy with the decision.
Brad Guzan doesn’t have to worry about that one. Yannick Bolasie puts a cross in towards Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), who is unable to keep his header on target from the centre of the box. He sends the ball high over the crossbar.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
The Crystal Palace players are in a nice combination. They show their ability to keep the ball possession, sending it precisely from one to another, but now the final pass is intercepted.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) can’t control an accurate defence-splitting pass very well, and thus one of the defending players reacts well to rob him of the ball.
Yannick Bolasie floats in a cross for Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace), whose header from near the penalty spot is really poor and goes well wide of the left post.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) floats the free kick into the box, but the delivery is easily cleared by the first man.
Michael Oliver blows the whistle. Jores Okore (Aston Villa) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. Free kick. Crystal Palace will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
Crystal Palace hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player. Their movement didn’t last so long as they lost the ball. Crystal Palace get a corner.
Neil Warnock makes a half-time substitution. Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) comes on in place of Dwight Gayle.
The game restarts for the second half.
The players have certainly not shown us their best yet in this clash. Let’s hope the next 45 minutes will be much more attractive. Neither team able to really control the flow of the game. The tactic of both sides is slow build-up play.
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
Neat passing move from Aston Villa in order to create new attacking opportunities.
Fourth official shows 2 min. of added time.
Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) commits a foul on his opponent and it looks like it should be the other way around at first, but the referee makes the right decision in awarding a free kick to the other team.
A cross into the penalty area from Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team.
Aston Villa display good ball movement. They are waiting for some opportunity to get in a chance, but now the attack is averted.
The corner from Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) is hurriedly cleared.
Crystal Palace now with a spell of possession, but here comes a mistake and the movement is intercepted. Now Crystal Palace with a corner.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) makes a good run inside the box to meet a precise cross. He latches on to it and shoots, but the goalkeeper pulls off an excellent save.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) is in a great chance inside the six-yard box, shoots to the roof of the net, but Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) pulls off an exquisite save to deny him.
Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) attempts to find his teammate with a final pass from outside of the box, but one of the defenders clears the ball to safety.
Goal! Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) weaves his way past opponents, and he unleashes a magnificent effort from the edge of the box which goes into the bottom right corner. Julian Speroni has no chance of reaching it. The score is 0:1.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) launches a powerful cross from the corner into the box, but the ball is intercepted by the defender.
Great touch by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) as he received a precise pass deep inside the box, and he rips a shot goalwards, but the keeper pulls off an amazing save! Aston Villa will take a corner kick.
Long cross from aside is directed to well-positioned Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace), but the defence gets it clear.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) gets to the rebound outside the box and doesn’t hesitate to fire on goal. It was a promising attempt, but one of the defending players got in its way and blocked it.
The free kick is taken by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa), but the delivery is cleared.
Michael Oliver blows the whistle. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball. Aston Villa are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
The Aston Villa players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins himself enough space to meet the resulting corner and fires the ball on goal, but the keeper does well to stop his effort.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) looks like he will be the one to take the corner kick.
Decent spell from Crystal Palace here and they’re keeping the pressure on, until one of the defending players comes in. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Crystal Palace.
Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) attempts to find one of his teammates with a sweet pass into the box, but one of the defending players reacts well and intercepts the effort.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) has now obviously shifted the ball with his hand. He could have been easily booked for that, however, the referee keeps the cards in his pocket and it only results in a free kick for the opponent’s team. A free kick is given to Aston Villa.
Michael Oliver blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) is said to have used excessive force while attacking.
Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) sends a long ball in, but Brad Guzan comfortably gathers the ball.
Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) commits an ugly challenge. The referee sees it and immediately blows the whistle.
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) brings his opponent down. Michael Oliver has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
Paul Lambert is forced to make a change. Joe Cole is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa).
Joe Cole (Aston Villa) is writhing in pain and can now receive medical treatment after the referee signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Michael Oliver, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour. Crystal Palace earn a free kick.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) is caught offside after the linesman puts his flag up and the referee stops play.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) picks up the ball, dribbles to the edge of the penalty area and unleashes a brilliant shot, but is thwarted by a decent save from Brad Guzan (Aston Villa).
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates as he overhits the effort.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The assistant referee makes a right call and Crystal Palace will have a corner.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
A promising cross into the box is nearly received by lurking Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace). One of the defending players cuts out the effort to avert the threat. The ball goes out-of-play. Crystal Palace are awarded a corner kick.
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence. It’s a throw-in for Crystal Palace.
Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) makes an aggressive challenge on his opponent after running into the penalty area at high speed and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
The first half of this match is about to start.
The players are on the pitch and Aston Villa will have the kick-off.
Michael Oliver is the one to supervise the game today.
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