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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • James Tomkins (23')
  • Luka Milivojevic (68' PEN)

Crystal Palace move out of drop zone with win at Huddersfield

James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic struck in either half as Crystal Palace secured their first victory in over two months by defeating Huddersfield Town 2-0 at the John Smith's Stadium.

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.

Their first win in eight Premier 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.

Huddersfield had lost just one of their previous four Premier League games, while Palace arrived in West Yorkshire on the back of four straight defeats.

But Palace, buoyed by the return of Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho to their starting lineup, began full of purpose.

James McArthur's shot was blocked following a corner and after Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie's cross had bounced on top of the bar, Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic's free-kick curled narrowly wide.

Palace took a 23rd-minute lead following Milivojevic's corner. Huddersfield failed to clear and after Tomkins' initial shot had been saved by Jonas Lossl, the Palace centre-half prodded home the rebound.

Huddersfield looked to respond immediately. Milivojevic's superb last-ditch tackle on Alex Pritchard denied the midfielder a shooting chance in front of goal following Collin Quaner's cutback.

But despite taking the game to the visitors, Huddersfield did not muster one shot on target in the first half, while Andros Townsend fired over the crossbar at the end of a Palace counter attack shortly before half-time.

David Wagner replaced left-back Scott Malone with Chris Lowe at the interval and Rajiv van La Parra went on for Ince soon after as Huddersfield struggled to build momentum.

Palace went close to increasing their lead from another corner in the 61st minute when Tomkins' effort was cleared off the goal line by Mounie, who fired just beyond the far post at the other end as the game opened up.

The visitors grabbed the second goal in the 68th minute when Milivojevic slammed home his penalty after Mathias Jorgensen was adjudged to have brought down 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.

Wagner sent on forward Elias Kachunga in place of Pritchard for the final 20 minutes, but Palace, by now benefiting from Zaha's ball-carrying, continued to look the more dangerous side.

James McArthur headed Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross just wide and Cabaye forced Lossl to save his low effort.

Van La Parra's low shot was comfortably saved by Wayne Hennessey, but Huddersfield served up little to warm a sold-out home crowd in the swirling snow.

Cabaye's neat turn and volley forced Lossl into another save in the closing stages as Palace notched their first win since Jan. 13.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 12 +31 32
2 Liverpool 12 +18 30
3 Chelsea 12 +19 28
4 Tottenham Hotspur 12 +10 27
5 Arsenal 12 +11 24
6 AFC Bournemouth 12 +5 20
7 Watford 12 +3 20
8 Manchester United 12 -1 20
9 Everton 12 +4 19
10 Leicester City 12 +1 17
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 -1 16
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -5 14
13 West Ham United 12 -4 12
14 Newcastle United 12 -6 9
15 Burnley 12 -13 9
16 Crystal Palace 12 -9 8
17 Southampton 12 -13 8
18 Cardiff City 12 -14 8
19 Huddersfield Town 12 -16 7
20 Fulham 12 -20 5