Crystal Palace 2-2 Charlton: Eagles’ Academy stars shine in Patrick Vieira’s first game at Selhurst Park as Jesurun Rak-Sakyi and Scott Banks find the net
- Crystal Palace drew 2-2 with Charlton in Patrick Vieira’s first Selhurt Park game
- Academy products Jesurun Rak-Sakyi and Scott Banks were both on track
- Jayden Stockley and Josh Davidson earned the League One side a draw
Crystal Palace were denied a win in Patrick Vieira’s first game at Selhurts Park as League One side Charlton came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw.
Vieira was announced as the new Eagles boss earlier this month after Roy Hodgson retired at the end of last season and the Frenchman was able to greet supporters for the first time on Tuesday.
Palace had a mix of regular first-team stars and academy graduates and it was the youngsters who stole the show in South East London.
Crystal Palace drew 2-2 with Charlton in Patrick Vieira’s first game at Selhurst Park
The former Arsenal captain was appointed as Palace’s new manager earlier this month
Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, 18, opened the scoring for the hosts in the 15th minute.
Charlton goalkeeper Craig MacGillivary hesitated in possession and when attacked by the Palace attacker, he could only find his way out against the onrushing youngster, the ball landing in the net.
But just before half-time, the visitors tied the score when Jayden Stockley landed on a loose ball in the Palace penalty area and finished past Jack Butland.
Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, 18, opened the scoring with a deflected finish in the 15th minute
Jayden Stockley tied Charlton as he was the first to react to a loose ball in the area
MacGillivary then made up for his earlier mistake by making a fantastic save to keep Cheikhou Kouyate out of the point blank range before Rak-Sakyi’s follow-up was flagged for offside.
But Palace re-took the lead in the second half and it was another academy graduate who put them ahead in the 75th minute.
Jean-Philippe Mateta sent Scottish striker Scott Banks through on target and the 18-year-old fired emphatically past MacGillivary and into the net for the first time.
Charlton was determined to get back into the game and found a second equalizing goal seven minutes later.
Josh Davidson won possession in the Palace box before firing past Vicente Guaita, who had replaced Butland in goal in the 61st minute.
Scottish striker Scott Banks restored Palace’s lead in the 75th minute, but Josh Davidson found another equalizer for Charlton seven minutes later