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Palace shocked in Carabao Cup by Colchester

August 27 2019

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace exited the Carabao Cup on penalties to League Two side Colchester United after the tie ended goalless.

Andros Townsend failed to score his spot-kick, while Colchester buried all five of theirs to move into the third round.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson made 10 changes from the side that beat Manchester United on Saturday, but still had a strong line-up of players.

Striker Christian Benteke almost broke the deadlock in the first half but his shot hit the bar and then the goal line before agonisingly bouncing away.

Hodgson brought on Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew in the second period , but the South Londoners failed to break down a resolute Colchester.

With the scores level at 90 minutes, the tie went straight to extra time and Palace got off to a terrible start after Townsend's penalty was saved by Dean Gerken.

Ayew, Benteke, Victor Camarasa and Zaha all converted their kicks from 12 yards, but United ended up winning 5-4 on penalties.

Palace: Hennessey, Woods, Kelly (Cahill 45), Dann, Riedewald, McCarthy, Camarasa, Townsend, Meyer (Ayew 73), Wickham (Zaha 62), Benteke.

Not used: Henderson, Kouyate, Tavares, Kirby.

Colchester: Gerken, Jackson, Prosser, Senior (Cowan-Hall), Norris, Comley, Eastman, Gambin (Brown 79), Stevenson (Chilvers 77), Clampin, Nouble.

Not used: Ross, Kensdale, Poku, James.

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