Crystal Palace through to FA Cup fourth round after West Brom victory

PUBLISHED: 10:09 06 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:44 06 January 2014

Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle celebrates his goal with Jonathan Parr (right). Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle celebrates his goal with Jonathan Parr (right). Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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Crystal Palace booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after a confident 2-0 away win at West Brom on Saturday.

Tony Pulis’ men have been in relatively rich form of late, with just two losses in their last eight games - taking them within one point of safety in the Premier League.

The Eagles took that momentum with them to The Hawthorns, where strikers Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh both struck to sink the managerless home side.

It was an error from defender Goran Popov that allowed Gayle to strike after 23 minutes. Popov’swayward clearance fell to Hiram Boateng, who slipped in Gayle to wrong-foot Ben Foster from the edge of the box.

The woodwork was called into action more than once during the tie, with Barry Bannan thwarted early on by the post and full-back Craig Dawson’s header looped up and on to the bar later in the game.

West Brom harboured hopes of a comeback until the 90th minute, when Moroccan Chamakh latched onto a pass from the in-form Yannick Bolasie to put the result beyond doubt.

Palace will now take on Wigan or MK Dons in the next round, and travel to Tottenham in the league on Saturday at 3pm.

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