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Palace win Royal rumble

December 8 2009

Victor Moses

Victor Moses

Crystal Palace got back to winning ways with a 4-2 win away to Reading.

Victor Moses scored a brace, with further goals coming from Nathaniel Clyne and Darren Ambrose as Palace claimed their first win at the Madejski Stadium since 2003.

Neil Warnock's men got off the mark in the seventh minute when young defender Clyne fired home a low shot from 20 yards for his first-ever goal.

Grzegorz Rasiak wasted two golden opportunities to score for the Royals before Alex Pearce netted a deserved equaliser on 31 minutes. Former Eagle Jobi McAnuff sent over a well-flighted corner and Pearce headed onto the bottom corner.

Moses had a couple of decent chances before Ambrose restored Palace's lead a minute into first half stoppage time with a strike from outside the area into the bottom right corner - his 13th of the season.

Only seconds later, Moses made it 3-1 before the half-time whistle with a brilliant curling shot into the top left corner from the edge of the D.

Pearce nodded against the bar at the start of the second period before Reading pulled it back to 3-2 in the 80th minute. Rasiak was pulled down in the area by Danny Butterfield and substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the resultant penalty.

Then Moses made sure of all three points with his second and Palace's fourth goal two minutes from time. The 18-year-old went past two defenders near the touchline and blasted a fine shot into the far corner.

Reading: Federici, Tabb, Ingimarsson, Pearce,Bertrand (Sigurdsson 68), Cisse, Gunnarsson (Robson-Kanu 46), Matejovsky, McAnuff, Rasiak, Kebe.

Not Used: Hamer, Mills, Cummings, O'Dea, Karacan.

Palace: Speroni, Clyne, Butterfield, Fonte, Hill, Danns, Derry, Ertl, Ambrose (N'Diaye 81), Moses (Sears 90), Andrew (Lee 65).

Not Used: Smith, Davis, Carle, Scannell.

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