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Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot. Photo: Getty Images

Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot. Photo: Getty Images

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Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot. Photo: Getty Images

Crystal Palace remain in the hunt for striking reinforcements after a loan move for Dominic Solanke collapsed, boss Roy Hodgson confirmed.

Jordan Ayew's first goal of the season and Luka Milivojevic's penalty secured a late but deserved victory last night but the Eagles have still scored just 19 times in 21 Premier League games this season. A switch for Liverpool's Solanke, however, fell through with concerns over his fitness.

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Wolves' Ruben Neves and Crystal Palace's Cheikhou Kouyate leap for the ball. Photo: Getty Images

Wolves' Ruben Neves and Crystal Palace's Cheikhou Kouyate leap for the ball. Photo: Getty Images

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"It seems to be (dead). It was a club decision and we were interested but it turns out there were other factors involved and it wasn't the right moment," said Hodgson, who confirmed Jason Puncheon is closing in on a move to Huddersfield.

"I do feel disappointed for the player because he made up his mind in our favour but it didn't work out in the end. These are things you accept as a manager because there are elements which are beyond the coach's control.

"If there are other players the club can bring in I won't be adverse to that because we have a very small squad and we don't have a lot to back us up.

Palace, who remain 14th, left it late in a drab game as Swansea loanee Ayew netted for the first time since last April.

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Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka keeps possession ahead of Wolves' Jonny Otto. Photo: Getty Images

Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka keeps possession ahead of Wolves' Jonny Otto. Photo: Getty Images

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He pounced from six yards with seven minutes left and Milivojevic sealed victory from the spot after Ryan Bennett fouled Wilfried Zaha in injury time.

Hodgson added: "It was a good 95 minutes from us.

"The team performance was very good, we were playing a side in very good form so to come here and play the way we did, we have to be very satisfied."

Willy Boly miscued a free header and Matt Doherty nodded the loose ball over in Wolves' only serious chances in a disappointing display in front of over 30,000 fans.

Defeat came after Saturday's impressive 3-1 win at Tottenham and was Wolves' fifth at home in their last seven outings as they slipped to ninth.

Irish Independent