Palace 1 - 1 Wigan Athletic
Sat Apr 17 2004 - League
Danny Granville scored his third goal of the season as Palace drew 1-1, against a stubborn Wigan Athletic side.
Ground: Selhurst Park (Attendance: 18799)
Palace: Vaesen, Butterfield (Freedman, 75), Hudson, Popovic, Granville, Routledge, Hughes, Riihilahti (Derry, 64), Gray, Johnson, Shipperley
Subs not used: Berthelin, Black, Leigertwood
Bookings: Popovic, Riihilahti
Goal: Granville 79
Wigan Athletic: Filan, Eaden, Breckin, De Vos, Baines (Mitchell, 34), Liddell (Teale, 66), Bullard, Jarrett (sent off 90), Mahon (McCulloch, 78), Ellington, Jason Roberts (sent off 90)
Subs not used: Walsh, Farrelly
Bookings: De Vos, Jarrett, Jason Roberts, McCulloch
Goal: Ellington 45
Referee: Mike Thorpe (Suffolk)
Both teams played a cagey first half with chances few and far between. The in early stages Wigan's Jimmy Bullard curled an effort which went just past Nico Vaesen
, recently back from injury, soon went close - almost connecting with a header from Andy Johnson
's cross. Tony Popovic
also had a good chance with a clean header but that went wide of the mark.
Paul Jewell, Wigan's manager was forced to change his side on the half hour, when Leighton Baines limped off - Paul Mitchell replaced him.
In injury time at the end of the first half, Wigan punished Palace through Nathan Ellington. He controlled the ball just outside the 18-yard box, turned and hit a shot which took a wicked deflection and looped over Vaesen's head into the net.
Palace came out in the second half determined to put the unlucky goal behind them. Mark Hudson
, playing in what will probably be his last game for Palace, came close with a volley after Wigan failed to clear.
was replaced by Shaun Derry
on the hour. Soon after Palace came their closest to equalising. Johnson found space inside the box and his shot looked destined for the goal, but rebounded off the far post, and along the goal-line to safety.
took a gamble soon after, and replaced Danny Butterfield
with Dougie Freedman
, to make up a three-man attack with Shipperley and Johnson.
The switch paid off, and Palace didn't have to wait too long before they finally got the goal they were after.
On 79 minutes, Granville scored with a header from close range. The goal spurred Palace on, but they couldn't conjour up another goal before the final whistle.
In injury time Jason Roberts was sent off after clashing with Popovic, shortly followed by Jason Jarrett who was sent off for a second bookable offence, when he clipped Freedman's heels.
The draw means that Palace's match against Sunderland on Wednesday night is really a must-win match, for them to have any chance of making the play off places come May.
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