Chris Martin’s close-range strike gave Derby County a shock FA Cup third-round win at Premier League Crystal Palace.
Rams striker Martin scored the only goal for the Championship side just after the half-hour at Selhurst Park.
Palace had captain Luka Milivojevic sent off after referee Michael Oliver consulted a pitchside monitor following a video assistant referee (VAR) check.
Milivojevic had originally been shown a yellow card after a tussle with Derby’s Tom Huddlestone.
Derby’s victory owed much to the experience of Wayne Rooney and Huddlestone in the heart of midfield.
The Rams weathered some early Palace pressure and seized the advantage with the opening goal from Martin just after the half-hour mark.
Jayden Bogle’s quick feet took him past Palace full-back Jairo Riedewald, and his cross was met by Martin, who stole in front of Gary Cahill and poked the ball past Wayne Hennessey.
A deflected effort from Palace midfielder James McCarthy brought a smart reaction save out of Roos shortly after half-time, while Bogle headed wide from a glorious position for Derby shortly after.
Palace were reduced to 10 men when Milivojevic was shown a red card for violent conduct.
Derby could have added a second late on when Martyn Waghorn struck the post and Rooney then saw a low effort saved by Hennessey.
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This was Rooney’s first appearance in the FA Cup since he played for Everton – two years ago to the day in January 2018 – in a 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.
The 34-year-old former England captain rarely stretched his legs beyond a canter, but he was the heartbeat of Derby’s threat.
In a deep-lying midfield role, Rooney arrowed pinpoint passes to the willing runs of team-mates.
Explosiveness and attacking swagger has characterised the bulk of Rooney’s career, but this was a display embodied by poise, temperament and guile.
When tempers frayed between both sets of players after a clash between Huddlestone and Milivojevic in the second half, it was telling Rooney tried to intervene as peacemaker.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson would have been all too aware of Rooney’s talents from his time as England manager, but his side failed to nullify the Derby player’s threat.
More to follow.