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24 July 2021

Second-half penalty the difference as fans return to Portman Road

Joe Pigott and Scott Fraser were handed their first starts for Town as Paul Cook's side fell to a 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace in a pre-season friendly.

A second-half penalty from Wilfried Zaha saw The Eagles take the spoils from an entertaining encounter on a sunny afternoon in Suffolk.

More than 4,500 supporters watched on as Portman Road welcomed back the Blue Army for the first time properly since March 2020.

Town started brightly and asked a few questions of the Palace defence with dangerous crosses in the first five minutes.

Zaha was the go-to man for the visitors and was making a nuisance of himself at the other end, twice being denied by last-ditch tackles from Kane Vincent-Young and Toto Nsiala respectively.

Jordan Ayew curled a free-kick over from 20 yards in what was the best chance for the remainder of the first half.

The pace of the game dropped slightly in the second half and it was Zaha's effort from the penalty spot that proved the difference after Vincent-Young was adjudged to have tripped in the box.

Paul Cook made changes throughout the second 45 minutes, with youngsters Fraser Alexander and Matt Ward given opportunities in front of the Portman Road faithful.

Town: Hladky, Vincent-Young (Donacien 71'), Nsiala (Armin 86'), Woolfenden (Ndaba 86'), Penney (Clements 80'), Humphreys (Alexander 75'), Harper (Healy 75'), Burns (Nwabueze 71'), Fraser (Dobra 61'), Norwood (Bonne 61'), Pigott (Ward 80').

Thank you to today's match sponsor, Elite Universal.

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