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Crystal Palace defeat sloppy Sunderland

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Crystal Palace sealed their first Premier League win since 2005 as they romped to a 3-1 victory against a 10-man Sunderland side.

Late goals from Dwight Gayle and Stuart O'Keefe ensured the home side sealed the three points after Steven Fletcher had cancelled out Danny Gabbidon's early goal.

Palace took the lead in the ninth minute when Kagisho Dikgacoi's shot struck Sunderland's Ondrej Celustka before nestling into the net via Gabbidon's shin.

Ian Holloway's side looked extremely comfortable in possession with Spanish midfielder Jose Campana and Mile Jedinak pulling the strings from midfield.

Crystal Palace continued to pepper Kieren Westwood's goal throughout the first half with the Eagles going close yet again when Jedinak ran through the centre of Sunderland's defence before releasing a finessed shot which went just over the crossbar.

The Australian international had a similar chance 10 minutes after half-time, however he again failed to test Westwood despite being allowed the freedom to run at Sunderland's goal unchallenged.

Jason Puncheon squandered a chance to pile more misery on Paolo Di Canio's by sending a shot into the stands instead of playing in Gayle.

That miss looked like it was going to come back to haunt Palace as substitute Fletcher headed in an equaliser from Jack Colback's cross moments later.

However Palace sealed the win when Gayle converted from the spot after he was fouled by John O'Shea - who saw red for his late challenge - before O'Keefe completed the scoring with a 20-yard strike.

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