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In-form Moses boosts Eagles: Match Review

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Victor Moses added another few pounds onto his prospective transfer fee by firing Crystal Palace to a 1-0 victory in the Coca-Cola Championship.

The teenage winger is set to be sold this month to ease Palace's financial woes, and he looks determined to go out with a bang.

Moses, who is apparently on the radar of Real Madrid and Barcelona as well as a host of Premier League clubs, has now scored six goals in his last eight games.

His fine form means Palace are somehow still in the play-off hunt despite their off-field problems - boss Neil Warnock is so short of numbers he was able to name only five substitutes at Home Park.

Warnock would rather keep hold of his young star at least until the end of the season, but if the trip to Plymouth proves to be one of Moses' final games in an Eagles shirt he is saying goodbye in style.

He served notice of his intentions with less than a minute on the clock, finding space on the edge of the Argyle penalty area and firing narrowly over the crossbar.

But the Eagles did not have to wait long to take the lead. In the 17th minute, Moses latched onto Lee Hills' pass inside the box and clipped his shot over over home goalkeeper Romain Larrieu and into the net.

Darren Ambrose, whose 13 goals this season have also attracted admiring glances from elsewhere, came close to doubling Palace's lead but Larrieu managed to tip his clever lob over the crossbar.

Moses could have had a second before the break when he met Nathaniel Clyne's cross with a firm header but Larrieu pulled off a fine save.

Larrieu was quickly back in action at the start of the second half, keeping out a 20-yard effort from Palace's Austrian midfielder Johnny Ertl and a tricky, bouncing drive from left-back Hills.

Ambrose then rifled a free-kick over the bar, but, with conditions rapidly deteriorating as the rain lashed down, both sides struggled to create chances.

Argyle had won their previous two Championship games under Paul Mariner to raise hopes of beating the drop this season.

Their best opportunity came with 20 minutes remaining when Alan Judge got a sight of goal but his shot flew inches wide.

Warnock had by then taken Moses off, but his goal proved enough to secure the victory and keep Palace firmly in the play-off race.

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Topics:
Lee Hills
Football
Alan Judge
Championship
Darren Ambrose
Premier League
Victor Moses
Crystal Palace
Romain Larrieu
Plymouth Argyle
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