Palace find their feet at last while furious Wednesday lose their cool

Crystal Palace 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Selhurst Park

All the pre-match talk had been about Wednesday's winning and Palace's plunge. The bottom side shocked the high-flyers though. The Championship has a habit of doing that. It mocks form guides.

Wednesday deservedly lost on a bad-tempered afternoon, which included a rowdy confrontation between players after the reversal of a decision to award Palace a penalty while it was 1-1. Ultimately, that decision did not save Wednesday as Palace's Glenn Murray added a close-range strike to his opener.

Dave Jones, seething after his first defeat as Wednesday manager, blamed the referee Rob Lewis for creating a frenzied atmosphere by awarding the penalty in the first place – then changing his decision – leading to the home fans creating a cauldron of animosity, which supposedly affected his players.

The incident took place in the 73rd minute when Mark Beevers brought down Murray with a challenge but won the ball. Wednesday's players – quite rightly – were furious and surrounded the official. Pushing and shoving ensued between opposing players before the referee consulted with his assistant and the decision was changed. Tempers simmered, with players confronting each other, before the situation calmed. "All he's done is whipped up the crowd," complained the Wednesday manager. "After that, we couldn't even make a challenge.

"It turned the whole game. I thought he was poor, and the linesman, throughout the game. It's a difficult place to come without giving them a helping hand. But that's what he's done."

It was no surprise Jones was upset though. His team had been unbeaten in 18 league games, could have gone top if they had won and were playing against a team who had lost their first four games of the season and were facing their worst start to a campaign since 1925.

The defeat for Wednesday was created by the wizardry of Palace's wide men. Ironically, that is supposed to be Wednesday's speciality.

Yannick Bolasie was the creator of Palace's surprise opener as he dashed down the left, produced a smart step-over to confuse the Wednesday defence then advanced to the byline and cut the ball back for Murray, who had an easy finish. After snatching the lead, Palace worked hard to maintain shape and keep Wednesday out, with Rodri firing over their best chance.

When the second half started, it was the away side's turn to make an instant impact. Miguel Llera – the centre-back who can take a handy set-piece – conjured an impressive corner delivered with pace and power, which whizzed towards the back post, where Michail Antonio bundled in.

Palace kept up their positivity though and went on attacking before the flashpoint of the reversed penalty call. After that incident, Palace kept pushing and were rewarded when Wilfried Zaha forced his way down the right and crossed for Murray to win it."I am not relieved, I am happy," said Palace manager Dougie Freedman.

Value for money?

Sheffield Wednesday's late recruits Jay Bothroyd and Martin Taylor did not join in time for this match. Palace's new defender Damien Delaney looked solid, while David Goodwillie came on early in the second half but was quiet.

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Speroni; Blake (Moxey, 46), Ramage, Delaney, Parr; Zaha, Jedinak, Garvan Bolasie (Williams, 81); Moritz (Goodwillie, 63), Murray.

Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Kirkland; Buxton, Llera, Beevers, Jones; Antonio, McCabe, Semedo, Johnson (Pecnik, 77); O'Grady (Madine, 65), Rodri (Major, 84).

Referee Rob Lewis.

Attendance 14,043.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there