London - Liverpool's Selhurst Park curse has returned to haunt them on Sunday as
late goals from Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak earned Crystal Palace a 3-1
victory in rain-soaked south London.
Liverpool missed out on the
Premier League title after letting a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 on their
last trip to the ground in May and Palace once again proved the scourge
of Brendan Rodgers's side with a stirring comeback.
scored his first Liverpool goal to put the visitors ahead inside two
minutes, but Dwight Gayle -- who scored twice in the 3-3 draw --
equalised 15 minutes later.
With the visitors once again toiling
in attack, Ledley and Jedinak scored twice in the last 12 minutes to
condemn Liverpool to three consecutive league defeats for the first time
since April 2012.
"We're low on confidence at the moment in terms
of the results and I think that sort of tempo and intensity of our game
has just dropped right off," said Rodgers, whose side have lost four
consecutive games in all competitions.
"Obviously we concede poor
goals, but we have no-one to blame but ourselves. As the manager, I take
full responsibility for that."
Rodgers's team, who finished
second to Manchester City last season, now sit in 12th place, a huge 18
points below leaders Chelsea, and face a crucial Champions League game
away to Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday.
It was a first win in six matches for Neil Warnock's Palace, who leapt out of the relegation zone and up to 15th.
"It's massive. We needed that, big time," Palace captain Jedinak told Sky Sports.
knew it was going to be a difficult game. We didn't help ourselves by
conceding so early on, but I think the reaction from the boys after that
injury to Mario Balotelli saw Lambert handed only his second league
start for Liverpool and he quickly made his presence felt on a sodden
With 90 seconds on the clock, Adam Lallana hoisted a
pass over the Palace defence to his former Southampton team-mate, who
ghosted in behind Liverpool old boy Martin Kelly before beating Julian
But just like last season, Palace refused to lie down,
equalising in the 17th minute when Gayle followed up after Yannick
Bolasie's skidding low shot cannoned back into play off the left-hand
It took a last-ditch block from Javier Manquillo to
prevent Bolasie from putting Palace ahead shortly before half-time, but
with Liverpool toothless in attack, it was the hosts who eventually
Bolasie was once again the creator for their second
goal in the 78th minute, brilliantly flicking the ball over Dejan Lovren
wide on the Palace right and crossing for Ledley to slot a first-time
shot between Simon Mignolet's legs.
Liverpool's misery was
complete three minutes later when Jedinak arced a glorious 25-yard
free-kick into the top-right corner to end his side's five-game winless
run in style.
Hull City host Tottenham Hotspur later on Sunday, with both teams eager to find form after indifferent recent results.
moved seven points clear at the summit by beating West Bromwich Albion
2-0 on Saturday, although second-place Southampton can trim the gap back
to four points by winning at Aston Villa on Monday.
Manchester City remain eight points off the pace after coming from
behind to beat Swansea City 2-1, while Manchester United returned to the
top four by edging Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.