Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Sheffield United
In the second period Palace were awarded a second penalty when Andy Johnson was felled when clean through. Referee Scott Mathieson somehow only managing to produce a yellow card. Johnson made no mistake from the spot to reduce the arrears. Michael Brown was given his marching orders for a two footed lunge from behind on sub Wayne Routledge as United resorted to every trick in the book to waste time and niggle, and it was to the detrement of Mr. Mathieson that he allowed this gamesmanship to go unpunished, as United held on to steal the 3 points.
At the conclusion of the match, Warnock jumped out of his dugout and incited the Palace supporters in the main stand by turning towards them and punching the air with both arms, alternately. If that had been Mr. Wenger or Ferguson then they would have been in front of the FA before they got on the team bus. Warnock has just been handed a 4 match touchline ban and if there is any justice there should be more to come after his antics at Palace. His display was worse than that of Thierry Henry's goal celebration last week which has lead to him having been charged with bringing the game into disrepute.
Palace's woes were worsened by injuries to Freedman, Symons, Derry and Shipperley who along with the already injured Darren Powell are doubtful for Saturday's trip to Millwall.