Reds FT: Crystal Palace 0 Barnsley 0

Barnsley's Chris O'Grady holds off Crystal Palace's Joel Ward.
Barnsley's Chris O'Grady holds off Crystal Palace's Joel Ward.
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BARNSLEY earned a fine point at promotion-chasing Crystal Palace thanks largely to a superb performance by goalkeeper Luke Steele..

The Reds were seeking first win at Selhurst Park for 13 years.

The Reds were wearing Palace’s away strip after referee Stroud banned the Reds from wearing their black and blue away kit because of a colour clash with the Eagles’ purple and blue home kit.

The Reds started brightly as they looked for a successive victory having beaten Leicester City 2-0 at Oakwell on Easter Monday.

Striker Scotland found space on the edge of the hosts’ box but blasted wide.

But the Eagles started to dominate possession and in the 16th minute Etuhu conceded a needless free-kick on the edge of his own penalty area and the home side had a good chance to take the lead.

Midfielder Moritz looked to have found the top right corner with a vicious left-foot curler, but keeper Steele pulled off a brilliant save.

Steele was forced to keep his side on level terms with another excellent block.

Leading scorer Murray had a shot well-saved by Steele.

The pressure was relentless on the Reds’ defence and eight minutes before the break Bolasie let rip with a powerful strike, but again again Steele pulled off a fine save to thwart him.

Less than a minute later Moritz tried his luck but Perkins made an important challenge to avert the danger.

HALF-TIME

Palace...............0

Barnsley...........0

The Reds soon found themselves under pressure when Steele was forced to save from Jedinak three minutes after the restart.

Scotland conceded a poor foul on the edge of his box in the 53rd minute and Steele came to the rescue again.

Moritz’s left-foot strike was deflected and heading for the bottom right corner until Reds’ skipper Steele got down well to save.

The keeper was lucky to see his attempted clearance not fly into his own net after his cannoned off the onrushing Murray.

Foster made a brilliant clearance inside his own six-yard box after Zaha had beat the office trap and whipped in a dangerous ball from the right touchline.

A minute later Moritz’s corner was met by Murray, but the striker headed well wide.

Then, having replaced Etuhu with O’Brien, Flitcroft made a change up front with Scotland brought off and Dagnall introduced.

The Reds hadn’t had a shot on target and their only chance had been Scotland’s second minute strike after a bright start.

But the visitors kept absorbing the pressure despite not managing to test Eagles keeper Speroni at any point in the contest.

With five minutes remaining substitute Phillips fired high and wide and then, with three minutes remaining Williams shot harmlessly over.

The impressive Zaha then cut the ball back for the unmarked Wilbraham, but the striker fluffed his lines and shot over the bar when he should have done much better.

With five minutes remaining substitute Phillips fired high and wide and then, with three minutes remaining Williams shot harmlessly over.