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Pre-Season Friendly: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Crystal Palace 2

Atdhe Nuhiu enhanced his chances of earning a deal at Crystal Palace after scoring in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Dagenham and Redbridge.

The former Austria Under-21 international, who is training with the Premier League club after leaving Rapid Vienna, broke the deadlock in the pre-season friendly against the League Two side before Owen Garvan added a second from the penalty spot.

Medy Elito pulled one back for the home side with a second-half spot-kick of his own, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Palace prepare for life back in the top flight.

Palace, promoted to the Premier League after an eight-year absence, used the fixture to field a number of young players and trialists.

It paid off for them with the opening goal coming from 23-year-old Nuhiu following an assist from fellow trialist and former Arsenal man Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.

Ian Holloway will be buoyed by the performances of the likes of Nuhiu and Owusu-Abeyie as well the composure shown by Garvan when he tucked away a penalty that was conceded by Afolabi Obafemi 11 minutes after the break.

Any hopes of a Palace clean-sheet ended after 19-year-old Quade Taylor was judged to have chopped down Dagenham’s Zavon Hines in the box and the spot-kick was skilfully converted by 23-year-old Elito.

Palace opted not to include new signing Jose Campana in the squad for the match but he may feature in their second friendly at Gillingham on Tuesday.

Sat 20 July, 2013
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