Nov 3, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers
Murray (45', 65' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Glenn Murray double gives Crystal Palace win

Result: Murray double gives Palace win
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Two goals from Glenn Murray hand Blackburn boss Henning Berg a debut defeat, while new Palace manager Ian Holloway looks on.

New Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway watched on as Glenn Murray scored a brace to hand Blackburn Rovers boss Henning Berg a 2-0 defeat in his first match in charge.

Rovers almost took the lead against the run of play in the first half when Dickson Etuhu headed goalwards only to see his effort come off the crossbar.

Palace also hit the woodwork five minutes before the break as Wilfred Zaha crossed the ball in to Yannick Bolasie, but his header found the post.

The hosts did make the breakthrough before the interval as Glenn Murray met Owen Garvan's cross to head in off the bar.

Murray almost doubled his personal tally 10 minutes into the second half after Zaha had forced a save from Paul Robinson, but he couldn't capitalise on the rebound.

Murray's second goal of the day did come eventually, however, as he converted from the spot having been brought down inside the box.

He should have completed his hat-trick moments later when Palace were awarded another penalty, but his effort was straight down the middle.

Blackburn came within inches of getting a goal back in the closing stages when Ruben Rochina latched on to a short corner, but his effort smashed against the bar.

Ian Holloway
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