Palace strikes late to sink Villa 3-2 in thrilling clash

The result denied Villa a first league double over Palace since the 1980-81 season when the Birmingham-based side won the top-flight title.

Palace's Tyrick Mitchell celebrates after scoring his side's third goal with Cheikhou Kouyate.   -  REUTERS

Crystal Palace struck twice in the second half through Wilfried Zaha and Tyrick Mitchell to secure a 3-2 win over Aston Villa in an entertaining Premier League match at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Defender Mitchell bundled the ball home in the 84th minute from Eberechi Eze's effort to make it 3-2 after Zaha charged towards the Villa box and blasted home an effort that flew in off Ahmed El Mohamady with 15 minutes remaining.

Villa forward Anwar El-Ghazi had made it 2-1 to the visitor in the first half after skipper John McGinn's side-footed opener was cancelled out by Christian Benteke's header.

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The result denied Villa a first league double over Palace since the 1980-81 season when the Birmingham-based side won the top-flight title.

"It's a dream come true," Mitchell told Sky Sports. "I was just gambling. I tried to go back post for the first cross and then when it went back out I thought I'd stay around. I just tried to be in the right place."

"I knew it hit my shoulder, for a second I was a bit scared (it would be disallowed). It's been an amazing season... and I'm buzzing. I didn't think I would feature this much and I'm just thankful to the manager."

"I've learnt a lot, how hard it is in the Premier League week in, week out but I feel I've got a lot more confident."

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McGinn said Villa needed to be more "street-wise" and defend better after allowing Palace to seal a come-from-behind win.

"We had control of the game and scored two good goals. We needed to build on that but the second half wasn't the standards we have set this season so we need to look at it."

Roy Hodgson's Palace sits 13th with 44 points, two places behind Villa, which has 49. Palace hosts Arsenal on Wednesday, while Villa travels to Tottenham Hotspur.

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