Palace lost 2-1 to bottom-placed Leeds, bringing their eight-match unbeaten run to a dismal end. Palace had most of the early play, with openings falling to Morrison, Scowcroft and Kennedy. However, it was Leeds that took the lead 27 minutes after winning a corner. Blake's weak kick somehow eluded the Palace defence inside the six-yard box, where Lawrence failed to clear. The ball reached Heath at the far post and he stooped to nod the ball home. The goal shook Palace and Leeds pressed for a second. On 41 minutes Kiraly made a stunning reflex save to block a deflection following another Leeds corner.
Palace offered little after the interval despite Taylor's efforts to inject some urgency by bringing on Freedman and Kuqi on 60 minutes. Leeds went two up on 73 minutes. An attempted pass by Cresswell was deflected off Borrowdale to Blake, who cut past Hudson and slotted the ball past Kiraly. Palace showed some urgency at last. Cort got a goal back on 83 minutes when he rose to meet a Kennedy free kick and headed past their keeper. Sadly it was all too little too late, Palace could not create another opening and the defeat surely ends their playoff hopes.
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Next fixture: Sat 17th Feb home to Birmingham