Crystal Palace 0-0 Colchester (4-5 on pens): Top-flight Eagles dumped out of Carabao Cup by League Two minnows
- Christian Benteke enjoyed two early chances, rattling the underside of the bar
- Victor Camarasa made Eagles debut but they struggled to break down visitors
- Wilfried Zaha came on but Palace could not score and the tie went to penalties
- Andros Townsend missed decisive spot-kick as Palace were dumped out of cup
Winning at Old Trafford? No problem. Beating a side 75 places below you in the football pyramid? Problem. Big Problem.
This was quite the comedown for Crystal Palace following Saturday’s heroics at Manchester United as they crashed out of the Carabao Cup to Colchester United during a tense penalty shoot-out.
Andros Townsend was the unlucky party, his spot-kick – the first of the entire shoot-out – saved by Dean Gerken before the remaining nine penalties all found the target.
Colchester’s Noah Chilvers celebrates after netting the winning penalty against Crystal Palace
League Two Colchester pulled off one of the scalps of the round thanks to their shootout win
A much-changed Palace side were left dejected after being dumped out by the minnows
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Kelly (Cahill 46), Dann, Woods, Townsend, McCarthy, Riedewald, Meyer (Ayew 73), Camarasa, Benteke, Wickham (Zaha 63)
Subs not used: Kouyate, Henderson, Tavares, Kirby
Colchester: Gerken, Jackson, Eastman, Prosser, Clampin, Senior (Cowan-Hall 90), Comley, Stevenson (Chilvers 77), Gambin (Brown 80), Norris, Nouble
Subs not used: James, Kensadale, Ross, Adubofour-Poku
Referee: Andy Woolmer
It wasn’t even as if Roy Hodgson’s men could blame an Old Trafford hangover, the Eagles boss made 10 changes from Saturday’s euphoric win.
‘I believe the starting XI was good enough to win the game. They didn’t, they didn’t because they didn’t play well enough,’ admitted Hodgson.
But Colchester, who are 17th in League Two, left their more glamorous opponents on their knees.
Credit to John McGreal’s team, they went toe-to-toe with Palace.
This wasn’t one of those smash-and-grab cup upsets.
Palace couldn’t have complained if Colchester had left victorious after the 90 minutes.
Instead, they were forced to endure the agony of a penalty shoot-out.
Not that it appeared to bother them in the slightest as they converted all of their spot-kicks.
Wilfried Zaha started on the bench but came on in the second half to improve Palace’s chances
The Holmesdale Fanatics got behind their team in the Carabao Cup clash at Selhurst Park
Andros Townsend – MISSED
Jordan Ayew – SCORED
Christian Benteke – SCORED
Victor Camarasa – SCORED
Wilfried Zaha – SCORED
Luke Norris – SCORED
Frank Nouble – SCORED
Jevani Brown – SCORED
Paris Cowan-Hall – SCORED
Noah Chilvers – SCORED
Had luck favoured the away side, Colchester could even have been ahead at half-time – Ryan Clampin seeing his well-struck angled drive flicked away by home keeper Wayne Hennessey.
In saying that, Christian Benteke missed two golden opportunities to put Palace ahead before the break, the best arriving in the 35th minute when his chipped effort from Andros Townsend’s pass cracked off the underside of the bar.
Eventually, the cavalry started to arrive for Palace. Gary Cahill was sent on in place of Martin Kelly at half-time, Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew weren’t too far behind them.
Zaha’s introduction, in particular, gave Selhurst Park a lift, yet Palace continued to toil. This was a limp Palace display, so far removed from what happened in Manchester last weekend.
Jairo Riedewald got a rare appearance for Palace, starting at left back against Colchester
Victor Camarasa made his debut for the Eagles after signing on loan from Real Betis in summer
Youngster Sam Woods, one of Palace’s brightest young prospects, played at right back
If anything, it was Colchester who looked the most menacing during the closing stages of the 90 minutes as the game went to penalties.
And after Townsend’s miss – 18-year-old Noah Chilvers coolly slotted home the winning penalty to send Colchester berserk.
‘I am very proud, we hope this can kick-start our season. We feel like we are starting to click and we showed that tonight, we didn’t want to come here and just be a sitting duck,’ added McGreal.
Camarasa takes a corner, but Roy Hodgson’s side could not manage to break down the U’s
Colchester’s Dean Gerken saves Andros Townsend’s penalty, which proved to be decisive
It was a famous win for the League Two side, who celebrated wildly with their fans in London