LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Second half goals from Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak helped Crystal Palace rallied from being down 1-0 to snatched a famous 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the English Premier League at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Rickie Lambert, getting the starting place to lead the attack in the absence of Mario Balotelli, who is sidelined with a groin injury, made an immediate impact when he gave Liverpool the lead in the second-minute of play.
The England forward picked up a pass down the middle from Adam Lallana and after getting past Martin Kelly, the former Southampton frontman guided the ball under Julian Speroni in the Crystal Palace goal.
Liverpool continued to dominate in the early minutes and looked strong favourites to extend the lead.
However, it was Crystal Palace who scored the rest of the goals in the contest.
Gayle found the equalizer for the home side when he finished from close range in the 17th minute after Yannick Bolasie saw his shot rocketed off the post and the teams went into the break locked at 1-1.
Following the interval, Bolasie, who was the best player on the pitch today for Crystal Palace, was busy again, and after moving over to the right side, picked out the travelling Joe Ledley, who fired home past Simon Mignolet for a 2-1 lead in the 78 minute.
“Credit to the boys for the win today,” Match of the Match Bolasie told Sky Sports.
Three minutes later, Gayle won a free-kick and captain Mile Jedinak drove home a cracking take from the resulting set-piece to give his team the 3-1 lead and the victory.
“I just felt something and luckily it (the free-kick) went,” Jedinak told Sky Sports. “I am just grateful that we got the win today.”
The Eagles were grabbing their first win since September and the second at home this season.
Liverpool, meanwhile, were suffering their fourth defeat in a row and the their third straight EPL defeat. Brendan Rodgers’ side has won just two of the last nine games in the league and the team is off to the worst start in the English Premier League for 22 years.
With the defeat, the Reds dropped to 12th in the EPL table standings, while Crystal Palace moved out of the bottom three to 15th.