A WASTEFUL Crystal Palace increased their winless streak to four games and damaged their automatic promotion prospects with a 0-0 draw against a poor Barnsley side at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles dominated the match, but failed to take advantage of their clear goal-scoring opportunities as a lack of composure from strikers Glen Murray and Aaron Wilbraham proved costly for Ian Holloway’s men.
In a scrappy start devoid of chances, Palace worked hard to put pressure on the visitors with the best opportunity of the half falling to Murray on 30 minutes.
The striker raced through on the right hand side of the Barnsley area, only to shoot from close range straight at out-rushing Tykes keeper Luke Steele.
It was a surprising lack of conviction from Murray, who has already netted 29 league goals this season.
The home side’s momentum grew as the half went on, with the tricky footwork and mazy runs of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie causing constant problems for the Barnsley defence.
Bolasie showed his prowess for shooting as well as step overs when his curling shot caused Steele to scramble across his goal and push the strike away from the top left corner on 35 minutes.