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Sako seals Palace victory

September 19 2017

Sako: On the score sheet against Huddersfield

Sako: On the score sheet against Huddersfield

Crystal Palace beat Huddersfield 1-0 and progressed into the fourth round of the League Cup, courtesy of a first half Bakary Sako header.

Eagles legend Julian Speroni captained the side for his second appearance of the season.

Roy Hodgson opted for a back four of Patrick van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Martin Kelly.

Christian Benteke was rested, so Lee Chung-yong and Bakary Sako formed a partnership in attack.

Palace played some great stuff in the first half, with Sakho looking assured in the back line, and Jairo Riedewald forming a great partnership with Luka Milivojevic in midfield.

Sako put the Eagles 1-0 up on 13 minutes when he was left unmarked in the box at a corner, and powered his header past Joel Coleman in the Huddersfield goal.

In the second half Pape Souare made a welcome return at left back replacing Jeffrey Schlupp.

Huddersfield enjoyed greater spells of possession in the second 45 but Palace remained resolute in their defending.

Substitute Yohan Cabaye had a shot from 25 yards which tested Coleman towards the end of the game, but the Eagles held out, and now progress into the 4th round of the League Cup.

Palace: Speroni, Sakho (Delaney, 70), Tomkins, Kelly, van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Schlupp (Souare, 45), Townsend, Riedewald (Cabaye, 80), Lee, Sako

Subs not used: Hennessey, Mutch, Ward, Benteke

Huddersfield: Coleman, Hefele, Malone, Hadergjonaj, Cranie, Hogg (Whitehead, 70), Ince (Mooy, 69), van La Parra, Lolley, Billing, Kachunga

Subs not used: Lowe, Lossl, Jorgensen, Sabiri, Smith

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