Crystal Palace tasted defeat for the first time in their 2016 pre-season campaign this afternoon, going down 3-1 to a spirited Fulham side at Craven Cottage.
The opening 45 minutes saw the Eagles match their hosts for the most part, before falling behind late in the opening period after Aussie central midfielder Mile Jedinak misplaced a cross-field ball, only to allow the Cottagers to exploit the undermanned Palace defence within a flash to secure the lead.
Another goal followed relatively soon after when Palace cult hero Julian Speroni spilt a low ball in the penalty area, providing Fulham frontman Matt Smith with a gift-wrapped opportunity to tap in from close-range.
Changes soon followed from Alan Pardew and it was thanks to two of the substitutes that we clawed our way back into the tie. After picking the ball up in midfield, the impressive Luke Dreher scooped a pass forward and into the path of Keshi Anderson, who proved that his lengthy layoff through injury had done little to diminish his eye for goal, slotting a low half-volley to the left of the Fulham keeper.
The game then became somewhat disjointed as a consequence of the numerous changes made by Pardew, and just before the referee called for time, Fulham added a third, giving them a welcome cushion as they prepare to kick off their Championship campaign at home to Newcastle on Friday night.
We may have lost, but after a summer without a sniff of Palace footage, the highlights package attached above will no doubt be of interest to you.