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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Luka Milivojevic (25' PEN)
  • Jeff Schlupp (87')

Crystal Palace claim derby victory as Fulham struggles continue

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Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham: Eagles strengthen Prem survival chances (2:07)

Crystal Palace continue their rise away from the relegation zone with a comfortable 2-0 win over London rivals Fulham. (2:07)

A moment of magic from substitute Michy Batshuayi set up Crystal Palace's second goal for Jeffrey Schlupp in the 2-0 win over Fulham, who became the first side in top-flight history to lose eight successive London derbies.

Belgium striker Batshuayi signed on loan in midweek and made an immediate impact within minutes of coming off the bench late on, turning sharply to fire in a shot which Fulham keeper Sergio Rico could only parry to Schlupp.

He admitted he had only met his new team mates for the first time hours earlier.

"I met my team mates today," he said. "I feel good to be here but I need to train with the team. It's a good start."

The day had begun badly for Claudio Ranieri's side when Cyrus Christie needlessly handled the ball in the area as he challenged Christian Benteke on 25 minutes.

Luka Milivojevic put away the penalty, only Palace's seventh home goal of the season, and they almost got another moments later when Benteke's scissor kick thundered off the crossbar.

Fulham's Rico was by far the busier keeper and did well to beat away a shot that deflected off Denis Odoi as Palace made light of the absence of suspended winger Wilfried Zaha.

Fulham remain the only Premier League side without an away win this season, and are now seven points adrift of 17th-placed Burnley.

"We were in trouble from the beginning but we will continue to be positive, be strong. It's important to be optimistic. We have a target in our mind," Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri said.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 12 +18 34
2 Leicester City 12 +21 26
3 Chelsea 12 +10 26
4 Manchester City 12 +22 25
5 Sheffield United 12 +4 17
6 Arsenal 12 -1 17
7 Manchester United 12 +4 16
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 +1 16
9 AFC Bournemouth 12 0 16
10 Burnley 12 -1 15
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -2 15
12 Crystal Palace 12 -6 15
13 Newcastle United 12 -7 15
14 Tottenham Hotspur 12 +1 14
15 Everton 12 -5 14
16 West Ham United 12 -6 13
17 Aston Villa 12 -3 11
18 Watford 12 -15 8
19 Southampton 12 -18 8
20 Norwich City 12 -17 7