Morrison sees off Saints
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Clinton Morrison came from the bench to earn Palace a 2-1 win over Southampton.
Substitute Clinton Morrison came from the bench to earn Crystal Palace a 2-1 win over Southampton at Selhurst Park.
Ricardo Fuller had earlier cancelled out a crisp opener from Andy Johnson, but Morrison ensured the play-off bound Eagles emerged victorious.
It was the visiting Saints who made the brighter start with Grzegorz Rasiak seeing his sharp near-post header from Nathan Dyer's corner saved by Gabor Kiraly.
Palace came into the game more as the half progressed with former goalkeeper Kevin Miller twice denying the lively Johnson.
Tony Popovic saw a towering header from a corner cleared off the line by Jim Brennan and Dougie Freedman could not force home the rebound.
Southampton's Andrew Surman missed two very presentable opportunities either side of the half-time whistle, the second a particularly bad miss just six yards from goal.
Freedman saw claims for a penalty waved away after appearing to be brought down by Miller having sprung the offside trap, but did hit the front shortly afterwards.
Marco Reich saw a goalbound effort blocked and Johnson drove home clinically from eight yards for his 17th of the campaign.
The lead lasted only seven minutes as Fuller continue his hot streak by glancing home a Darren Potter free kick to haul his side level.
However, Palace had the last laugh as Morrison, just five minutes after coming on, raced clear of a static Southampton back-line to slot past Miller for the winner.