Palace finally played with some pride to win the last home game of a terrible season. The Eagles made it look quite easy in the end, making sure of Sunderland and Birmingham's promotion after beating Derby 2-0. Goals from Clinton Morrison and Mark Kennedy were enough to see off the Rams, who disappointed their large following with a lacklusture performance. Speroni and the Palace backline caught the eye, along with McAnuff who gave Derby all sorts of problems in the first half. If only Palace could have played like that more consistently this season, who knows what might have been?
A classic aside during EagleEye's commentary on the game:
"Championship Football Summed Up; Matt Oakley takes an attacking throw for Derby, but lobs it straight to Hudson in the Palace box. No other Derby players are even in the area! Hudson then lashes at the ball first time, even though no-one was around him, and the ball goes all of 20 yards to a waiting Derby player. Brilliant." Text stolen from EagleEye Live, edited by Me.
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Next fixture: Sat 6th May, away to Colchester