Crystal Palace 2 Portsmouth 3

Last updated : 17 August 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Harry Redknapp blasted his stars at half time who then produced a dramatic fightback against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Pompey boss said: "I got stuck into them at half time and changed the shape of the team. In the first half we played four in midfield and they played three and they still outnumbered us."

A crazy five minute spell saw the Eagles throw away a comfortable 2-0 lead as Pompey hit an unbelievable three goals.

The Pompey revival started after 67 minutes when Hayden Foxe climbed high to head Matthew Taylor's corner into the top corner.

Within two minutes, Taylor made ground down the left for Jason Crowe to side-foot home from a few yards out to level the scores.

Palace were in a state of shock and Pompey suddenly in dreamland.

The sensational turnaround was complete on 72 minutes after Crowe and Deon Burton combined passes leaving Crowe with time and space to score from ten yards out.

Redknapp said: "Our first goal changed the game and the attitude of the players. When we got the second, I thought we'd get a point but I didn't expect us to win it. Crowe got an opportunity today and it is up to him to try and keep it."

Earlier the Eagles were coasting with Dougie Freedman firing them ahead after 40 minutes with a briliant solo goal and Tony Topovic scored from Danny Granville's free-kick three minutes before the break.

Palace boss Trevor Francis said: "When you're leading 2-0 you look like you are going to win, but when you come away without a point it's disappointing. The opposition were out of the game after half time but then they changed their shape and match action."