Fulham & Crystal Palace share spoils at Craven Cottage

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Fulham ended their 13-year stay in the Premier League by battling to a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. 

Both sides came into the fixture with nothing to play for as their respective fates had been confirmed over the course of the last few weeks. 

Fulham had the best chances to open the scoring but were unable to beat Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who was making his first appearance for club and country since his last outing with the Welsh national team at the beginning of March.

At the other end, Yannick Bolasie came close to scoring his first goal of the season when Dwight Gayle played a through ball to the Congolese international but his shot was deflected away for a corner thanks to the outstretched foot of David Stockdale.

Crystal Palace did eventually take the lead in first half when Joel Ward’s tame shot was poked home by Gayle.

The former Peterborough striker was handed the opportunity to start at Craven Cottage after his late heroics against Liverpool - and he did not disappoint.

Gayle struggled to get the better of Brede Hangeland when the ball was pumped up to Crystal Palace's record signing but it was craftiness on the deck which allowed him to score the opener.

Scott Dann almost made it 2-0 just before the break as he leapt above Fulham’s defence to meet Tom Ince’s curling free-kick, however Stockdale made another terrific save to deny the Eagles from increasing their lead.

Hennessey was again called into action minutes before the interval when he was forced into parrying Fernando Amorebieta’s far post header away for a corner.

Hugo Rodallega had a golden opportunity to restore parity but he somehow managed to send his header crashing against the post.

Fulham's teenage starlet Woodrow, who is expected to play a leading role in their push to gain promotion next season, levelled the scoring early in the second half when he collected a Rodallega pass before evading a Joel Ward challenge and curling the ball past Hennessey to score his first Premier League goal.

Gayle again showed why he could well just be an important member of Crystal Palace's first team next season by bending in a free-kick with seven minutes to play, however his strike was cancelled out by Chris David who smashed the ball into the top corner to claim a point for the west London outfit on his Premier League debut.

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