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Palace shot down by rampant City

Crystal Palace's promotion hopes were dealt a shocking blow as visitors Birmingham City shot down the Eagles with a 4-0 win.

It was Palace's first home defeat since August and left them three points adrift of the automatic promotion places, having played a game more than second-placed Hull.

Nathan Redmond gave Birmingham a 24th minute lead and Damien Delaney's header doubled the advantage eight minutes later.

Ravel Morrison extended the visitors' lead in the second half and a Shane Ferguson free-kick rubbed salt into Palace's wounds.

Eagles boss Ian Holloway said: "No one was expecting that, I certainly wasn't. We didn't pick out the right ball, didn't get people on the end of it and then their goal seemed to affect everybody out there, which is completely unusual.

"Then they got a second one from a set piece and I was expecting a response like we did away at Watford."

Holloway added: "I can't remember my team missing as many balls flying across the box or making as many wrong decisions as they did out there and they've gone and scored four. That is the last thing we need but we've got to get on with it."

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