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One of the most consistent Irish players in the Premier League was on target today

Crystal Palace beat Premier League new boys Norwich at Carrow Road.

Damien Delaney signed a new contract with Palace at the end of last season.
Damien Delaney signed a new contract with Palace at the end of last season.
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THE OFTEN UNDERRATED Damien Delaney got his name on the score-sheet, with Crystal Palace beating Norwich 3-1 in the Premier League today.

The 34-year-old centre-back was in the right place at the right time, as the ball fell to him from a corner, and the Cork native made no mistake with an emphatic finish from close range.

Delaney has been an integral part of Palace’s rise over the last two seasons, regularly appearing as part of an increasingly well-organised back four.

Moreover, with John O’Shea only on the bench for Sunderland this afternoon, it’s encouraging to see at least one Irish centre-back maintaining his good form from last season.

Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady started for the hosts at Carrow Road, but they were unable to prevent the Canaries going two goals down, before Norwich got one back through a fine Nathan Redmond strike.

However, Palace’s summer signing, Yohan Cabaye, sealed their victory with a composed finish in the dying moments.

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