Carling Cup semi-final: Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff

Palace show true grit to triumph

January 11, 2012
By Mark Lomas, Selhurst Park
Dougie Freedman was a frustrated absentee the last time Crystal Palace made it to Wembley, the striker a suspended spectator for the 1997 play-off final after a yellow card tempered his match-winning brace against Wolves in the semis. Freedman had taken Palace to the brink of the Premier League - a David Hopkin goal would complete their return to the top flight - but his decisive contribution was to prove the last of his first spell at the club.

Now sitting in the Palace ...

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