Palace get their pre-season campaign off to a winning start

Jeffrey Schlupp (photo: Dan Westwell)

Crystal Palace won their first pre-season friendly with a 2-1 success over Oxford United.

Stephen Henderson and Jairo Riedewald replaced Vicente Guaita and Tyrick Mitchell in the starting line-up that played the final game of last season.

The League One side went ahead after 13 minutes when Matt Taylor controlled a deep cross to tee up Cameron Brannagan, who fired into the net.

Palace were awarded a penalty early into the second half after Wilfried Zaha was fouled in the area by John Mousinho. Unfortunately, Jeffrey Schlupp’s spot-kick was saved by Jack Stevens.

Schlupp made amends by setting up Zaha to for a one-on-one with the keeper before slotting home the equaliser on 51 minutes.

Three minutes later, James McArthur added another by converting Andros Townsend’s assist to give Palace a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park.

Palace: Henderson, Ward (Inniss 70), Kouyate (Kelly 61), Dann (Woods 70), Riedewald (Gordon 80), Townsend (Malachi Boateng 81), McCarthy (Mitchell 20), McArthur (Kirby 75), Zaha, Ayew (Meyer 45), Schlupp (Pierrick 70).

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