Crystal Palace's FA Cup dream ended in depressing fashion in front of only 8,442 spectators. Once Preston had taken the lead with a fine individual strike by Nugent, the Eagles never looked like they would get back in the game. Peter Taylor brought on Shefki Kuqi and Dougie Freedman in the bid in inject more life up front, but it didn't pay off. Substitute Simon Whaley put the game beyond Palace when he slotted home a corner after Scott Flinders failed to claim what looked to be a straight forward cross. Taylor will hope Palace get this result out of their system fast as he prepares to take on Sunderland on Tuesday.
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Next fixture: Tue 30th away to Sunderland