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Last updated : 25 March 2002 By Palace Dan
Palace completed a comfortable win over lowly Walsall at Selhurst Park this afternoon, thanks to the familiar double act of Clinton Morrison and Dougie Freedman. Walsall, who have won just once on their travels this term were no match for a sharp looking Palace side who controlled the match from start to finish. Palace supporters were mystified to see that Dougie Freedman had been left out of the starting line up in favour of boo boy target Ade Akinbiyi, but it was he who made a teriffic burst into the Walsall box, only to be upended by Matt Carbon which enabled substitute Freedman to put away the resulting penalty and ensure a win for the hosts. Morrison had scored the first goal on 77 minutes when Walsall keeper James Walker could only parry a Julian Gray cross shot into the path of Morrison who slammed the ball home from 10 yards. Walsall managed only 2 shots of note throughout the game, in first half stoppage time Freddie Biancalini shot straight at Matt Clarke when clean through and somehow substitute Don Goodman managed to sky a shot from inside the 6 yard box following a brilliant save by Clarke, with the goal at his mercy.