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Pre-Season Friendly: Crawley Town 3 Crystal Palace 0

27 July 2013 18:55

Newly promoted Crystal Palace suffered a 3-0 upset at the hands of League One side Crawley Town in a friendly meeting on Saturday.

The Premier League club were outplayed in front of over 3000 fans at Broadfield Stadium as goals from Billy Clarke, Sergio Torres and Mat Sadler saw them put to the sword.

The away side did have a number of chances to get back into the game, but just could not get on the scoreboard as Crawley flourished.

Holloway fielded an experienced side after his team had won their previous pre-season fixture against Dagenham and Redbridge with a number of trialists and young players on show.

However, the likes of Dean Moxey, Mile Jedinak and Damien Delaney could do little to stem the tide of constant attacks from the hosts.

Palace in fact carved out some presentable opportunties in the opening exchanges, but found themselves behind on the 30-minute mark when Clarke tucked away a loose ball in the penalty area.

The half-time break brought a chance for the visitors to reorganise and make as many as six changes, though things simply went from bad to worse when Torres doubled Crawley's lead in the second half.

And, with Palace's shooting growing increasingly erratic as the game wore on, Crawley cemented their victory courtesy of an impressive volley from 28-year-old Sadler.

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