Clinical Eagles off to flying start
Norwich City1-3 Crystal Palace
Alex Neil was left frustrated after two controversial decisions by rookie referee Simon Hooper cost his side at Carrow Road.
After a positive start by last season's Sky Bet Championship play-off winners, when striker Lewis Grabban had a great early chance, Palace went ahead with a well-taken finish from Wilfried Zaha. The Eagles doubled their lead at the start of the second half through Damien Delaney.
However, substitute Nathan Redmond gave the Canaries hope with a 25-yard strike after 69 minutes before striker Cameron Jerome thought he had hooked in an equaliser - only for the goal to be ruled out for dangerous play.
After the referee also turned down a late penalty appeal when Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong looked to have been pushed in the back by Connor Wickham, Palace scored a third in stoppage time through Yohan Cabaye, condemning Neil to defeat in his first match as a Premier League manager. Hooper was taking charge of his first Premier League game.
Neil said of the big decisions: "I am not going to sit here and criticise the referee, because they have difficult jobs, but when it affects the game and you potentially getting a point or three points, then it is frustrating."
Palace boss Alan Pardew could see the Jerome disallowed goal decision from both sides. Pardew said: "To be fair to the referee, if that is anywhere else on the pitch, then you are going to get a foul."
Neil felt Norwich should have made more of their early promise. He said: "We had enough chances, but at this level it is about turning that dominance into goals, and when you do not do that you will get punished at times."
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