Having been unbeaten in the league since before Christmas, Palace tripped up twice in two games losing last week to a struggling Leeds and this week to a high flying Birmingham. It may have only been 1-0 but Birmingham were ultimately comfortable winners. Palace had their moments, but simply weren't good enough. Brum's defence was well marshalled and Bruce's men were happy to sit back and hit Palace on the break, which they frequently did. Only wayward finishing and good goal-keeping kept Palace in with a chance of grabbing a point. Paul Ifill looked lively throughout, but his runs aside Palace lacked ideas in front of goal. If there was a vague play-off dream, it is well and truly over now. Toothless Palace remain well off the promotion pace down in a lowly 12th spot, 14 points off the play-offs following a second successive defeat. That'll be mid-table mediocrity then!
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Manager's Comments: "It was a very disappointing performance today to be honest" What more can the man say?
Next fixture: Tue 20 February away to Southend