Eichel Ollis propelled Crystal Palace to come from behind and win a furious South London derby against Millwall at the Dane.
The winger scored and assisted Jean-Philippe Matteta as the Eagles went down 1–0 at half-time to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Millwall, who were looking to continue his remarkable recent history of scalps in the competition, took the lead in the 17th minute via Benic Afob and finished the game with another spell of dominance backed by a brutal home crowd.
Torrential rain in Bermondsey failed to moisten the Dane’s atmosphere, which took a toll before kick-off when Palace fans lit two smoke flames to loud explosions and Millwall supporters shouted loudly as visiting players He had knelt down.
The game was also briefly halted after Palace’s winner, when smoke was thrown across the pitch from the far end, while Palace’s Connor Gallagher was targeted by homophobic chanting.
On-loan Stoke striker Afobe should have opened the scoring within ten minutes, but made amends to capitalize on a terrible error by Jack Butland.
Palace goalkeepers panicked under pressure from Aphobe and Tom Bradshaw, and their mis-kick let the former Arsenal roll into an empty net.
It took Palace 35 minutes to get up, Gallagher went close with a detective shot from 20 yards and Aberechi Eze appealed for a penalty in the stoppage-time of the first half.
The game was won via an impressive Palace rally after half-time, with Olysse scoring within 90 seconds with a graceful curling finish.
The winger went close to finding the net twice again, before he cut his left foot once again and crossed for Matetta, who went home unmarked from six yards.
Millwall threatened to move the game into extra time during a late dominance, with Afobe blocking the shot and firing Mason Bennett straight at Butland.
Olyse deserves Premier League chance after match-winning performance
Ollis was Palace’s match-winner with a goal and an assist but the winger could easily have finished with a hat-trick in the second half.
Millwall was powerless to stop Ollis from cutting him off the right wing, even though he would have known what was coming after his brilliant equalization goal.
Following his lovely finish from inside the far post, Ollis made a carbon copy about four minutes later, only for the effort to return straight overhead for this effort.
He also fired narrowly from the same position again, after flicking the inside of his left leg.
When Millwall’s back three manages to stop Ollis with a shot, he swerves to Jack Cooper and hits a cross over the plate for Matta.
The 20-year-old now has two goals after scoring from the bench against West Ham on New Year’s Day, and he certainly deserves a chance in the Premier League – especially in the African Cup of Nations alongside Jordan Ayew .
Olysse has made only two top-flight starts since joining the Championship Reading, with Vieira preferring Ayu on the right.
After this performance, he should get his chance, and with the return of Edge, who made his first debut since May, the palace boss has a wealth of attacking options.
Aphobe takes his chance as Millwall lacks
Afobe made a point of reminding the nation before the game what he – and Millwall – could have done, and the Lions acquitted themselves well.
Millwall was looking to become the most prolific giant-killer in FA Cup history (he remains level with Southampton on a 25 scale) and used a tried-and-tested formula to destabilize Palace and establish early dominance. used.
In front of Rocking Den, Millwall was dangerous from the set-piece, Scott Malone swung a corner over the top of the bar within 90 seconds and Afob fired recklessly from six yards after failing to clear Palace’s free-kick. .
Gary Rowett’s side also played impressive football, using slick pitch to play through the lines and pressing Palace up the pitch, making Aphobe’s target.
Shey Ojo, on loan from Liverpool, was bright, while Afobe took his goal well and included two of the best chances for Millwall’s equalizer.
It was inevitable that Millwall would not be able to maintain his intensity for 90 minutes and although he strengthened further, he was forced to pay off by Palace’s blitz at the start of the second half.
Nonetheless, Rovett could take the impetus from the way his side matches and even beat Palace for periods and, if they can find some consistency in the second half of the season, the play-offs. Push should be within their capabilities.