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Palace pulls out late win

Crystal Palace grabbed a 3-2 win over struggling Sunderland on Saturday at the Stadium of Light after a late winner by Christian Benteke in stoppage time.

Palace were behind 2-0 at the hour mark after two goals by Jermain Defoe, with the opening goal coming in the 39th minute after a major error by Palace midfielder Joe Ledley.

Ledley would redeem himself as he pulled Palace back within one with a goal in the 61st minute. James McArthur tied things up in the 76th minute before Benteke completed the comeback with a goal in the 94th minute.

Palace manager Alan Pardew was pleased with the three points, and said he’s confident with the way his side plays going forward.

“We’re playing a style where we have chances and we’re playing with such confidence that I couldn’t see us making any mistakes at the back,” Pardew said. “The final third was an area that we’ve worked a lot on so when Joe [Ledley] made that mistake it was really galling as we had played so well.

“The second goal was probably Sunderland’s best spell – I think it was offside by the way – so I was stood on the sidelines scratching my head, wondering how we were going to get this back. Without any thought process it was 2-1 and then I really felt confident that we could get something out of the game.”

Sunderland fell down to the bottom of the standings, as they sit with just a single point after six matches. Palace moved up to 7th place, as they now have 10 points.

Palace pulls out late win

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