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Half-Time Report: Crystal Palace 1-0 to the good against Stoke City

Marouane Chamakh gives Crystal Palace the lead against Stoke City at half time.

Crystal Palace have a slender advantage against Stoke City at half time in today's Premier League match.

Palace's Marouane Chamakh celebrates with manager Ian Holloway after scoring the opening goal against Stoke on August 24, 2013© Getty Images

Charlie Adam had the first chance of the match, but his low shot was saved by Julian Speroni in the Crystal Palace goal.

Matthew Etherington then fired over a cross but Speroni was able to gather before Peter Crouch could get on the end of it.

Stoke had the majority of the early play and forced a succession of corners. However, they were unable to force Speroni into action.

Palace's first opening came through Dwight Gayle who tried his luck against Asmir Begovic, although the keeper made a comfortable save.

Crouch then failed to hit the target with a header from six yards out from a cross from the left from Etherington.

Palace, who had struggled to trouble their opponents, then took the lead through Marouane Chamakh as he nipped in to tap home from a long ball.

Stoke almost equalised straight away as Crouch headed against the bar, before the ball hit Speroni who just managed to save.

Palace debutant Jose Campana went close to making it 2-0 before the break but his free kick went just over.

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