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Palace 2 - 0 Oldham Athletic

Tue Dec 3 2002 - League Cup

A Tommy Black brace helped 10-man Palace to the Worthington Cup quarter-finals as they beat Oldham 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

Black will be hoping to get a recall to the side after his superb perfromance. After an early shot from David Eyres, which Alex Kolinko saved easily Black got the opener.

Match Stats

Ground: Selhurst Park (Attendance: 7431)

Palace: Kolinko, Powell, Symons (Antwi, 89), Popovic, Butterfield, Mullins, Riihilahti, Black (Hunt, 89), Granville (sent off 45), Williams (Borrowdale, 45), Adebola

Subs not used: Robert Smith, Michopoulos

Goals: Black 11, Black 74

Oldham Athletic: Pogliacomi, Hall, Beharall, Hill (Andrews, 16), Clegg (Da Silva, 66), Baudet, Eyres, Darren Sheridan, Armstrong, Wijnhard (Corazzin, 76), Killen

Subs not used: Duxbury, Miskelly

Bookings: Andrews, Darren Sheridan, Eyres

Referee: C J Foy (St Helens)

His looping header went over giant keeper Leslie Pogliacomi from Danny Granville's left-wing cross after 11 minutes.

Hayden Mullins had a shot narrowly over the crossbar from a Black cross on 15 minutes and afterwards Black went on a run from the half-way line to see his cross sliced away by a defender.

Oldham's Julian Baudet went close with a 30-yard effort and down the other end, Mullins had a similar shot put over the bar by Pogliacomi.

On the stroke of half-time, Granville was harshly sent-off after a two-footed lunge on Michael Clegg but did not seem to make barely any contact.

For the second half, Francis took off Gareth Williams and brought on full-back Gary Borrowdale to shore up things at the back.

Dele Adebola was put through by Black for a chance on goal but he messed up his shot.

But he returned the favour in the 74th minute, passing to Black on the right side of the box and he slotted home in the corner to make it 2-0.

Post match comments:

Trevor Francis said: "The eye-catching performance was that of Tommy Black. I thought he was quite outstanding. He's a talented player who in the past has not scored enough goals.

"When he plays behind the front two he's very difficult to pick up, and his movement and trickery were complemented with his two goals."

The eye-catching performance was that of Tommy Black. I thought he was quite outstanding
Trevor Francis

On Granville's red card, Francis added: "I'm going to say I didn't see it similar to the referee, because he didn't see it either.

"Well, he did see it and looked at it and was quite happy with it. But the linesman thought Danny had made a two-footed tackle and brought it to the attention of the referee and told him to send him off.

"It came as quite a shock when he was sent off there was no intent to inflict damage. I have not seen it on a replay yet, and admittedly if it was two-footed he deserved to go."

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