Saturday, 2 March, 2002
Grimsby Town 5-2 Crystal Palace
The Mariners received a major boost to their relegation battle with a fantastic victory over promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace at Blundell Park.
The contest was all but over at the break, with goals from Andy Todd, Michael Boulding and Bradley Allen.
Palace, unbeaten in five games on their travels, created little in the opening 45 minutes but Clinton Morrison nearly clawed a goal back seven minutes into the second half.
The 21-goal striker was denied by Coyne and Town ended any prospect of a Palace fightback when Curtis Fleming turned Danny Butterfield's cross into his own net in the 57th minute to make it four for the rampant Mariners.
Palace pulled a goal back seven minutes later when Julian Gray struck a fine free-kick past Coyne after Todd had fouled Stephen Thomson.
Boulding came close to adding a fifth for Grimsby but Clarke tipped his header from Butterfield's inswinging corner over the crossbar.
Morrison could have cut the deficit in the 76th minute but the Republic of Ireland international's shot cleared the crossbar.
However, he made no mistake four minutes later when he tucked the ball home from a similar range.
Town’s memorable afternoon was capped when David Smith completed the scoring with two minutes remaining.
The result was sweet revenge for the Mariners after the 5-0 thrashing by Palace at SelhurstPark earlier in the season.
Town: Coyne, McDermott, Todd, Groves, David Smith, Butterfield, Burnett, Pouton, Campbell, Allen, Boulding. Subs: Ford, Croudson, Jevons, Coldicott, Rowan.
CrystalPalace: Clarke, Fleming, Mullins, Murphy, Granville, Smith, Thomson, Riihilahti, Gray, Freedman, Morrison. Subs: Kolinko, Black, Akinbiyi, Kirovski, Austin.
Referee: B Knight (Orpington).