Feb 16, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace
4-1
Middlesbrough
Ramage (48'), Murray (9', 57'), Phillips (84')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Haroun (80')
Williams (40')

Half-Time Report: Glenn Murray puts Crystal Palace ahead

Glenn Murray scores his 26th goal of the season to give Crystal Palace a half-time lead over fellow Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough at Selhurst Park.

Glenn Murray took one of his several first-half chances to give Crystal Palace a 1-0 advantage over Middlesbrough at the interval.

Crystal Palace's Glenn Murray is congratulated by team mates after scoring the opener against Middlesbrough on February 16, 2013© PA Photos

The Championship's top scorer combined with Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha on a number of occasions as the Eagles dominated the opening 45 minutes at Selhurst Park.

A jinking run from Zaha brought about Palace's lead, as he wriggled through two Boro defenders before crossing for Murray, who simply tapped in at the back post.

He could have added to his 26th goal of the season but squandered a pair of Zaha-crafted opportunities, firstly flicking an inswinging cross just wide of the post.

Minutes later, Murray was found unmarked by the England international but sent a seven-yard header over the crossbar.

After being on the back foot for 40 minutes, Middlesbrough threatened to equalise through a succession of chances late in the half.

Faris Haroun's shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line by Peter Ramage, before Josh McEachran wildly lashed a 12-yard drive into the stands.

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway on November 27, 2012
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