In a thrilling encounter at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace secured a 3-1 victory over Brentford, showcasing their attacking prowess and ending 2023 on a high note. Michael Olise played a starring role, scoring a remarkable double, while Ebere Eze added another to seal the win.
Brentford took an early lead with Keane Lewis-Potter finding the net within two minutes, but Olise’s equalizer, confirmed after a VAR review, set the stage for Palace’s dominance. Eberechi Eze’s precise finish before halftime and Olise’s solo run and calm finish secured the crucial three points for the Eagles.
The victory, only Palace’s second at Selhurst Park in the Premier League this season, propelled them to 13th place. In contrast, Brentford’s struggles continued, and they now find themselves just four points above the relegation zone.
The match began with a moving tribute to members of the Palace family who passed away in 2023, setting an emotional tone. Despite Brentford’s early lead, Palace responded impressively, with Jordan Ayew providing the assist for Olise’s equalizer.
The second goal came just before halftime, with Jean-Philippe Mateta’s flick setting up Eze for a thunderous finish. Olise’s second, a product of his individual brilliance, arrived just before the hour mark.
Although Brentford mounted a late comeback attempt, hitting the crossbar through Neal Maupay, Palace’s defense held firm. The win marked Palace’s first Premier League victory in eight outings, providing a positive conclusion to a challenging December.
As the final whistle blew, Selhurst Park erupted in celebration, echoing the sentiment of a Happy New Year for Palace and their fans.