THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

16 May ~ Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace today knowing they have a good record against their opponents at Anfield. Only twice have the Eagles won at the ground, though any match against Liverpool will stir memories of their 4-3 1990 FA Cup semi-final win at Villa Park. Earlier in the season Liverpool had beaten Palace 9-0, but this game turned out very differently. Mark Bright levelled for Palace early in the second half after Ian Rush had opened the scoring on 14 minutes. Gary O’Reilly then gave Palace a surprise lead before three goals in the final ten minutes – Steve McMahon and John Barnes put Liverpool back ahead before And Gray took it to extra time. It was left to Alan Pardew to score the winner and send Palace to the Cup final for the first, and so far only, time. They lost 1-0 in a replay to Manchester United, having drawn the first match 3-3.

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