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Crystal Palace new boys steer Eagles to victory

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Ince celebrates his debut goal
Ince celebrates his debut goal.

Crystal Palace's resurgence under Tony Pulis continued as the south London side sealed a 3-1 win over fellow relegation candidates West Brom.

Deadline day signings Thomas Ince and Joe Ledley showed they had settled into life at their new side by grabbing a goal apiece.  

West Brom new boy Thievy Bifouma also managed to get on the scoresheet on his debut before Marouane Chamakh converted from the penalty spot after Ben Foster was alleged to have brought down the Moroccan striker.

West Brom had the first chance of the match in the sixth minute when Victor Anichebe was given a clear run at goal but fluffed his lines by hitting the ball straight at Julian Speroni.

Palace also came close to opening the scoring moments later when Youssouf Mulumbu was forced into clearing a deflected Kagisho Dikgacoi effort off the line.

The Eagles did eventually make use of their early dominance when Ince scored his first goal for his new side.

Chamakh headed the ball onto Yannick Bolasie who was subsequently fouled, however Chris Foy allowed play to go on and the former Blackpool attacker chipped the ball over the oncoming Foster.

Ince played an important part in Palace's second goal in the 27th minute when his inch-perfect corner found fellow new signing Ledley, who had the easy task of heading the ball into an empty net.

Yet another deadline day signing scored seconds into the second half as West Brom new-boy Thievy Bifouma pulled one back for Pepe Mel's side by slotting the ball past Speroni after fantastic combination play between the Frenchman and Anichebe. 

Speroni then made two fantastic saves to deny James Morrison and Scott Sinclair from grabbing an all-important equaliser. 

And West Brom were made to pay for their failure to level the scoreline as Foster was harshly penalised for bringing down Chamakh. 

The former Arsenal man cooly finished from 12 yards to give the home side a two-goal lead. 

Pulis was afforded the opportunity to give the returning Glenn Murray, whose last first team appearance came at the beginning of May, a run out. 

Palace's win sees them move into 13th place, while West Brom have fallen into the bottom three.

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