Back in the Day: February 10th - Bobby Bowry Downs Title Chasing Villa
Saturday 10th February 1973
West Brom 0-4 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 15,173
Manager: Bert Head
Alan Whittle and Derek Possee both scored twice as Bert Head’s Crystal Palace dismantled Don Howe’s Baggies in this relegation battle. Despite this emphatic win, actually the biggest away win of the season by any team in Division One, Palace would still go down come May – as would West Brom.
Wednesday 10th February 1993
Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
Premier League – Att: 12,270
Manager: Steve Coppell
Bobby Bowry (9) scored the only goal of the game as relegation-threatened Palace denied Aston Villa the chance to top the Premier League. Victory for the visitors would have seen them leapfrog Manchester United into the top spot, two points clear. Instead, their game in hand was wasted.
A corner was whipped in but was only half cleared towards the edge of the box where Bowry was on hand to smash the ball home. Mark Bosnich did not even get a sniff.
Saturday 10th February 2001
Burnley 1-2 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 14,973
Manager: Alan Smith
Paul Cook (12) side-footed the hosts into an early lead, but Palace were dominant throughout, and eventually, the pressure told on the hosts. After future Palace loanee Nik Michopoulus had kept the visitors at bay with a string of fine saves, the Eagles eventually broke through when Mikael Forssell (73) tapped home with just over 15 minutes remaining.
With the 90 minutes up, Julian Gray let fly from range and the shot was too hot for Michopoulus to handle and his parry popped straight back to Clinton Morrison (90) who nodded over the keeper for the winner.
This victory would be the last in seven matches (one draw, six losses) and last away win for six matches (two draws, four losses) as Palace nose-dived towards the relegation zone.
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