Last-gasp Crewe deny Palace
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Higdon scored in added time to earn Crewe a point against Palace.Michael Higdon scored three minutes into injury time to earn Crewe a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Gresty Road.
Steve Jones opened the scoring for Crewe, but The Eagles had looked on course for a third consecutive away victory after Dougie Freedman and Clinton Morrison had put them into a 2-1 lead mid-way through the second half.
But Palace, who dumped Liverpool out of the Carling Cup in midweek, were brought crashing down to earth when Higdon headed in a Jones cross at the death.
Jones, along with Higdon, had been recalled into the starting line-up following last weekend's 6-1 defeat at Cardiff and he did not take long to repay manager Dario Gradi's faith.
Higdon played him in with a neat through ball and, despite a poor first touch, the Northern Ireland international prodded the ball past visiting keeper Gabor Kiraly.
Higdon headed wide shortly after before Palace came right back into the game. Marco Reich saw a shot deflected wide and Fitz Hall was denied by Ben Williams before Darren Ward struck a post.
The visitors got their reward seven minutes after the break when Michael Hughes crossed and Freedman swept the ball in at the far post.
Hughes was involved again as Palace took the lead, finding Gary Borrowdale whose cross was headed in by Morrison.
Morrison should have made the game safe only to miss from eight yards after being picked out by Freedman, and Higdon made Palace pay when he headed past substitute keeper Julian Speroni.