Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored a first-half penalty on his 100th appearance for the club before Andros Townsend sealed the win for Roy Hodgson’s side over Norwich.

Serbia international Milivojevic struck confidently into the top corner after 21 minutes after Norwich defender Ibrahim Amadou fouled James McArthur.

Substitute Townsend then finished neatly in the bottom corner in second-half injury-time after good work by Wilfried Zaha.

In a lively encounter, the hosts almost led after two minutes, but Zaha’s curling shot narrowly missed the target, while Jordan Ayew forced the visitors’ debutant goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann into action.

Schalke loanee Fahrmann – in for injured first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul – was himself replaced by fellow debutant Michael McGovern following Milivojevic’s penalty as Norwich’s injury problems continued to mount.

The visitors ended the first half in the ascendancy, with Emiliano Buendia drawing a fine save from Vicente Guaita. But they struggled to impose themselves after the interval and they fell to a fourth defeat in five matches.

Meanwhile, victory saw Hodgson’s Palace equal their Premier League record of six unbeaten home matches.

More to follow.



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