Alan Pardew picked a strong side for Saturday's 2-1 defeat of Southampton..

Crystal Palace progress into fourth round after win over Southampton

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Crystal Palace regained much of their early season momentum on Saturday with a 2-1 away victory against Southampton. 

Following his side's 3-0 home defeat against a rejuvenated Chelsea, Alan Pardew would have hoped for a reaction from his side, which they duly delivered with goals from Joel Ward and Wilfried Zaha.

Having fielded close to his best 11, a decision not reciprocated by many of his Premier League contemporaries, Pardew was delighted to advance into the fourth round of the FA Cup declaring the win an "outstanding result".


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This enthusiasm spread to the London club's fans, with many of them taking to Twitter to voice their appreciation:

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Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and winger Zaha came in for particularly strong praise for their crucial involvement in Saturday's result:

Hennessey has only this season asserted himself as the club's first-choice keeper, after his move from Wolverhampton Wanderers two years ago and with displays like this seems intent on not relinquishing the role to either Julian Speroni or Alex McCarthy.

With the south London club well clear of relegation but in the middle of an extremely tight battle for the European spots, this season may be Palace's best chance of lifting English football's most iconic domestic trophy.

The Eagles are yet to win the F.A Cup, the closest they came was in 1990 when they lost in the final to Manchester United, with current manager Pardew then in central midfield, but may choose to concentrate their efforts on the cup pending the upcoming draw for the fourth round.

Next up for Palace is a trip to bottom of the league Aston Villa on Tuesday evening, who remain winless under manager Remi Garde and in dire need of momentum after their 1-1 draw with League Two side Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend.

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Yohan Cabaye
Crystal Palace
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Wilfried Zaha
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