A brace from Andros Townsend helped Crystal Palace coast through to the fourth round of the EFL Cup after victory at West Bromwich Albion.
The winger raced away from his own half before bending a spectacular shot into the top corner of Boaz Myhill’s goal from 25 yards, lobbing the goalkeeper in the process, to open the scoring after just six minutes.
It was a relatively strong 11 named by Roy Hodgson, with Townsend, Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate all starting.
Palace dominated proceedings from start to finish, with Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt both forcing saves from Myhill early in the first half.
The Baggies keeper was called upon throughout the opening period, with Meyer testing him before Alexander Sorloth’s header was saved.
But there was work for Vicente Guaita to do at the other end as he was forced into an acrobatic one-handed save from James Morrison who found himself with space to shoot from inside the area.
Ahmed Hegazi cleared off the line from Palace efforts either side of Morrison’s attempt as the Eagles put significant pressure on the hosts.
The second half continued much in the same way as the first, but it took until the 76th minute for them to double their lead.
Van Aanholt powerfully capitalised on a poor clearance to blast home from just inside the area.
Townsend then completed his fine work for the evening when he added his second and Palace’s third late on.
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He beat two men after a neat passage of play between Schlupp and Aaron Wan-Bissaka saw him played into the area and smash the ball in off the underside of the crossbar on 81 minutes.
It was a thoroughly professional performance from the visitors, with Guaita almost entirely a spectator throughout.