Palace up to fifth

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Shefki Kuqi continued his remarkable Crystal Palace renaissance with another goal as Neil Warnock's side climbed to fifth in the Coca-Cola Championship by beating Southampton 3-0.

The former Blackburn striker, who Warnock maintains will be sold in January as the club cannot afford his wages, hit a superb volley to put Palace ahead before Craig Beattie and Paul Ifill secured the points.

Kuqi's stock had fallen so low he was reduced to training with the youth team, but an injury crisis prompted his recall in September and he now has five goals to his name.

Beattie, the man Warnock will attempt to buy permanently from West Brom with the money he saves from offloading Kuqi, thumped the second with struggling Southampton in disarray in the first quarter of an hour.

The visitors got back into the game but rarely threatened and were killed off when Ifill broke away to score the third.

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