Eagles have their wings clipped at Welling
A SECOND half blitz of goals saw Palace slip to a narrow 2-1 defeat at Welling this afternoon (Saturday).
After a goalless first half, the game sprung into life in the second half, with three goals in the space of six minutes.
The Blue Square South side were first to strike in the 52nd minute through Jack Obersteller, who was rewarded for a burst into the box with a goal, smashing in past Julian Speroni at the second attempt.
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And it was two just five minutes later as Speroni failed to deal with a speculative 25-yard effort from Welling substitute Harry Baker.
Backpedalling, the Argentinian – making his first appearance of pre-season - fumbled the shot into the goal, gifting the hosts a 2-0 lead.
Kagisho Dikgacoi did pull one goal back a minute later for the Eagles with a low drive from the edge of the box, but Palace could not find an equaliser in the remaining half an hour's play and subsequently slipped to defeat.
Palace lined up for the match with two new trialists in the team – Tiago and Yogo – playing at right back and centre back respectively.
And both looked assured in the first half, with Yogo in particular strong and quick into the tackle.
Indeed, Palace's much-changed defence looked comfortable in the first half, which saw very few chances for either side.
Welling had an early penalty shout, claiming handball against Mile Jedinak, but the referee waved away their appeal.
At the other end, Jonathan Parr had a good chance on five minutes when the ball broke to him in the box, but his effort was weak and was comfortably held by Wings keeper Jamie Turner.
But that was the Eagles' only shot on target in the first half, with Glenn Murray, David Wright and Dikgacoi all off target with their efforts.
Welling rarely threatened either in the first half, with Speroni comfortably dealing with any half-chances for the hosts, including a low drive from Luis Cumbers.
But the second half was a completely different story, with Welling getting the better of their nPower Championship opponents.
Welling: Turner (Mott 45 (Hudson 66)), Fazackerley (Williams 80), Obersteller (Flickjak 82), Day, Franks (Martin 45), Achgampong, Kinch (Baker 45), Healy, Cumbers, Lafayette, Fairweather-Johnson
Palace: Speroni, Tiago (Wynter 72), Parsons, Wright (Garvan 45), Yogo, Ramage (Marrow 52), Baxter (Appiah 60), Dikgacoi (Sekajja 72), Murray (Proctor 52), Jedinak (Fenwick 60), Parr (Williams 45).