Palace out of bottom three
JAMES Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic struck in either half as Crystal Palace secured their first victory in over two months, beating relegation rivals Huddersfield. Tomkins struck from close-range midway through the first period and Milivojevic converted a second-half penalty as Palace halted a four-game losing run to climb out of the bottom three.
The Londoners’ first win in eight league games lifted them up to 16th in the table, one point and a place behind Huddersfield, who slipped to another damaging home league defeat — their sixth of the season.
The Londoners, buoyed by the return of Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho to their starting line-up, began full of purpose and took a 23rd-minute lead following Milivojevic’s corner. Town failed to clear and after Tomkins’ initial shot had been saved by Jonas Lossl, the Palace centre-half prodded home the rebound.
Despite taking the game to the visitors, Town did not muster one shot on target in the first half.
Palace went close to increasing their lead from another corner in the 61st minute, when Tomkins’ effort was cleared off the goal line by Terriers striker Steve Mounie.
The visitors grabbed the all-important second goal in the 68th minute, when Milivojevic slammed home his penalty after Mathias Jorgensen was adjudged to have brought down Andros Townsend on the left edge of the area.
TV replays appeared to justify referee Mike Dean’s decision and Huddersfield were staring at a damaging defeat. They served up little to warm a sold-out home crowd in the swirling snow.