Crystal Palace 0-0 Colchester (Colchester win 5-4 on pens)

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Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend is targeting further improvement next season and insists he wants to stick around long term.

League 2 Colchester were faultless in a penalty shootout at Selhurst Park as they reached the third round of the League Cup for the first time in 15 years.

The underdogs scored all five spot-kicks in a cool fashion, condemning Roy Hodgson to defeat in the second round of the League Cup for the first time in his managerial career.

Andros Townsend was the villain for Palace, his opening penalty in the shootout being palmed away by Dean Gerkin.

Noah Chilvers meanwhile was ice-cool in slotting a low kick past Wayne Hennessy for the decisive moment.

Palace were the better side during 90 minutes but they couldn’t find a way past stubborn Colchester.

Christian Benteke spurned the home side’s best chances in the opening half, one wastefully and one via bad luck.

The Belgian had his first chance on the quarter hour mark, latching onto a through ball from Victor Camarasa but he was only able to toe poke the ball goalwards and it was an easy save for Gerkin.

The forward again found himself with a sight of goal again on 34 minutes, teed-up this time by Townsend’s clever pass. Benteke beat Gerken with a powerful shot but it cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and away to safety.

At the other end, Tom Eastman and Luke Prosser had glimpses of the target for Colchester, to no avail.

Wilfried Zaha replaced Connor Wickham just beyond the hour as Palace upped the ante. Benteke had another low shot saved by Gerken, while he was joined in attack by Jordan Ayew late on.

James McCarthy fired a shot wide of the target as the League 2 side bravely held out for the shootout.

After Townsend’s early misery; Ayew, Benteke, Camarasa and Zaha all found the net for Palace but their efforts were matched by Luke Norris, Frank Nouble, Jevani Brown, Paris Cowan-Hall and finally Chilvers ensuring Colchester left south London with a famous win.

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