Shane Long finally ends goal drought but Crystal Palace take the points

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Crystal Palace come from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Southampton in Tuesday's Premier League meeting at St Mary's Stadium.

However, Palace rallied round in the second half and pulled level through James McArthur, who ran on to Christian Benteke's flick-on from Townsend's long ball and fired home from three yards out.

Andros Townsend then rifled a 30-yarder that former Palace keeper Alex McCarthy dealt with as the half closed out. James McArthur grabbed the equalizer and Luka Milivojevic scored a superb victor to bag all three points for Palace.

In torrid conditions on a bog of a pitch Palace looked spent at times but they kept going and showed plenty of guts to overturn Shane Long's opener and rise to 14th place.

With the win Palace move on to 22 points for the season, while Saints remain on 20 points and are only out of the bottom three on goal difference with just four wins in 22 PL games this season.

Then Milivojevic curled home a sumptuous victor from 20 metres from Andros Townsend's cut-back with 10 minutes remaining to help Palace leapfrog their opponents and move into 14th, while Southampton drop to 17th, above the relegation zone only on goal difference, and departing to boos from their fans.

Long - who missed a great chance in the opening minute - was found by Jeremy Pied's perfectly placed low cross and the Irishman lashed the ball home, his effort fizzing in off Wayne Hennessey's left-hand post.

Disaster for Southampton. Jubilation for Palace.

Roy Hodgson responded at half-time by replacing Yohan Cabaye with Patrick van Aanholt.



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