CM – Tyrick Mitchell, the unlikely hero when Crystal Palace won the comeback

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Tyrick Mitchell, center right, celebrates in the arms of Cheikhou Kouyate after his late winner (Henry Browne / PA)

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Tyrick Mitchell’s first goal for Crystal Palace contributed Ousting Aston Villa in a five-goal thriller at Selhurst Park.

Roy Hodgson’s side trailed John McGinn and Anwar El Ghazi twice, but the hosts bounced back and scored in a spirited rally in the second half a 3-2 victory.

After the break from Wilfried Zaha and another academic in Mitchell, Christian Bentekes first leveler was followed by goals, which brought in all three points six minutes before the end.

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Both teams made changes that had little to play for, and Jack Butland received a surprise start on goal from the hosts for his first Premier League appearance in three years.

Jack Grealish stayed on Bank for Villa that Tyrone Mings and Matty Cash missed, and it was the visitors who started the brighter in the capital.

Jacob Ramsey and Kortney home missed good opportunities before Ollie Watkins was turned down by Butland after fifteen minutes and the start finally came with 17 minutes of play.

A weak clearance from Gary Cahill, the captain of the Palace, handed the ball to the villa skipper for the day McGinn, and the Scottish international rolled into the lower corner with expert precision .

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The Eagles responded well to the deficit, remembering the pair of Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend testing Emi Martinez while missing other opportunities before a former Villa player came back to pursue his old club.

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Palace left-back Mitchell brought a fine cross into the box and Benteke didn’t need an invitation to come back over the gate and into the corner for an equalizer in the 32nd minute.

It was that ninth win of the season for the Belgian and the third game in a row he found the net but the parity wouldn’t last long.

Dean Smith watched Watkins be a nuisance again and his header was perfect with that El Ghazi was able to drill from close range two minutes later after defender Joel Ward was pulled by the ball.

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A heavy touch from Martinez gave Palace almost a 30-second chance in the second half, but Benteke couldn’t benefit from it.

The duo were involved again before the hour when the striker got a second through a A fingertip was denied in front of the mansion’s steward, which also required the crossbar.

Grealish was called by Smith with a 26-minute lead and one of his first important contributions was to distract a fierce effort from Ebere Eze.

Palace pushed for a second equalizer and while the arrival of center-back James Tomkins on the pitch raised eyebrows, Hodgson also tweaked their formation after switching to a 4-4-2 and it paid off.

Zaha the was far to the left, was now in the middle, moving away from his marker to check for a pass from Eze. After working a meter, the Côte d’Ivoire international saw a shot deflect off Ahmed Elmohamady and hit Martinez.

It was the striker’s eleventh goal of the season – a new personal best – and it put him two Goals in front of next challenger Benteke remained as the club’s top scorer.

Now that the game was wide open, Eze came just inches away from the winner in the 82nd minute when he attempted the crossbar, but that third goal for Palace came two minutes later and from an unlikely source.

After Zaha hit the sideline and saw that his cut-back was only partially cleared, Ezes shot was bundled into the bottom by Mitchell, who had his account opened in professional football and brought the hosts a comeback victory.

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