Crystal Palace’s U23 side kicked off the new season with a point as they drew 1-1 with Birmingham City at Selhurst Park this afternoon (Monday).

Gio McGregor gave the Eagles the lead in the early stages of the second half, curling home a superb strike from just inside the box less than two minutes after the restart.

But Birmingham drew level in the 73rd minute, scoring against the run of play to deny the Eagles victory.

Four of Crystal Palace’s five summer signings started the game at Selhurst Park as the Eagles named a strong side for their opening Professional Development League clash of the season.

But how did the summer signings fare? We take a look, below.

Stephen Henderson

The former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper had little to do in terms of making saves, but he looked comfortable on the ball, helping Palace play the ball around the defence. No clean sheet though as Birmingham netted against the run of play. 6

Nikola Tavares

Playing on the right of a back three, he was rarely troubled defensively and linked up well with Jason Lokilo on the right hand side. 7

Gary Cahill



The former Chelsea man provided experience to a young back line, leading by example with his composure on the ball. His leadership qualities were on display too, with Cahill helping to guide young defenders around him. 7

Sam Woods

Had a nervy moment early on when he almost sold goalkeeper Stephen Henderson short with an underhit pass back, but overcame this and did well for the most part, although he played a few loose passes. 5

Victor Camarasa

The former Cardiff City loanee showed his class with some nice touches in midfield. He also showed a good turn of pace early on, dribbling past an opponent.

He was not flustered in tight spaces in midfield, looking after the ball and displaying a good range of passing.



Victor Camarasa has joined Crystal Palace on loan. Photo: Sebastian Frej/CPFC

He fired a free kick over in the first half, but came close to opening the scoring when he met Jason Lokilo’s cross to head goalwards, only to see his effort superbly cleared off the line by Geraldo Bajrami.

There was cause for concern as he limped off at half time after landing awkwardly following a heavy challenge, but returned for the second half and set up McGregor for the goal with a crisp first-time pass early in the second half.

However, he was caught in possession as Birmingham broke to net an equaliser against the run of play. 7

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James McCarthy

The former Everton midfielder got stuck in in the middle of the park in a steady showing in front of Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy.

He was not afraid of a challenge and made some key interceptions to win possession, although he played a few loose passes in the second half. 6

Jairo Riedewald



Jairo Riedewald (Image: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Was involved in some nice moves from the left and got into some advanced positions. He was neat and tidy on the ball, and gave a timely reminder of his ability to the watching members of the first team coaching staff. 7

Gio McGregor

Tried to get involved in the box when possible, and opened the scoring with a great curled effort early on in the second half. 7

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Brandon Pierrick

Playing on the wing, he linked up well with James Daly and had a couple of shooting opportunities, although he failed to make the most of them. 6

James Daly



James Daly. Image via Crystal Palace.co.uk

He was direct and tried to take defenders on at every opportunity, although not much came off for him. He worked hard up top though and was a willing runner, while he made a good block late on when defending a corner. 6

Jason Lokilo

Put in some good crosses from out wide in open play, but his execution on set pieces left a lot to be desired on a couple of occasions. Had an injury scare in the first half, but it did not seem to affect him in the second. 6

Substitutes:

Kian Flanagan (on for Lokilo, 81)

Immediately after his introduction, he took on a defender and got to the byline, but that was the highlight of his brief cameo. 5

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