Irons 1 (Gordon) Palace 0
Alex Song completed an hour as the Irons beat Crystal Palace in a behind closed doors match at the Boleyn this afternoon.
Slaven Bilic took the opportunity to field highly rated prospects Marcus Browne and Jahmal Hector-Ingram but the match – organised essentially for Song – provided the midfielder with a fitness boost.
Young striker Jaanai Gordon headed home a Carl Jenkinson cross to seal the game late on as a draw looked on the cards.
Michail Antonio also got a run-out and looked bright down the right side firing a number of dangerous crosses into the box with Joey O’Brien providing a valuable option on the overlap.
The first real chance of the game fell to the visitors as Patrick Bamford got to the byline and cut back for Connor Wickham who forced Rapahel Spiegel to make a sharp save down to his right.
Mauro Zarate twice looked likely to score when testing the keeper with a stinging shot before bending another 25 yard shot just wide. He looked dangerous throughout.
Song demonstrated his trademark defence splitting ability with a great obvious talent with an exquisite defence splitting pass; Antonio the glad recipient, bore down on goal and forced Speroni into a fantastic save.