Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ambrose: Palace's Kids Are the Best I've Seen; Midfielder Says Club's 'Fantastic' Youngsters Can Help Dougie Freedman's Side Gain Promotion to the Top Flight after Staging a Late Fightback Last Night. by Julian Bennetts

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ambrose: Palace's Kids Are the Best I've Seen; Midfielder Says Club's 'Fantastic' Youngsters Can Help Dougie Freedman's Side Gain Promotion to the Top Flight after Staging a Late Fightback Last Night. by Julian Bennetts

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Byline: Julian Bennetts

BRIGHTON 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 3

[bar] DARREN AMBROSE hailed Crystal Palace's youngsters after they claimed the bragging rights with a stunning late show against bitter rivals Brighton.

Midfielder Ambrose scored the decisive second with just a minute to go before Glenn Murray added a third against his former club to rub salt into Brighton's wounds.

But this victory was based on the midfield trio of academy graduates Wilfried Zaha, Sean Scannell and Jonathan Williams, who have a combined age of just 56.

Scannell was excellent, while Zaha was superb on the right and hauled his side back into the match with 10 minutes to go as he shot home after a mazy run to cancel out Craig Mackail-Smith's early opener in an electrifying atmosphere at the Amex Stadium for the first meeting between these clubs for six years. But it was Williams who really caught the eye on his full Championship debut, the 17-year-old demonstrating exactly why he has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham as he wrestled control of the game in the second half.

The Wales Under-21 international last week signed a new contract that will keep him at Selhurst Park until 2015 but he possesses a drive and determination that mark him out as a future Premier League star.

Yet Ambrose, who came on from the bench and had a hand in all three goals, believes that journey to the top flight could be with Palace after admitting he has never seen as exciting a crop of youngsters during his career.

"They are fantastic talents," said the 27-year-old. "I see them every day and they are very special. Sean Scannell has just turned 21, while Wilfried was excellent and Jonny Williams, who was making his first League start, put in a fantastic performance -- they all did.

"Then we have others such as Nathaniel Clyne, who is only 20, to come back in. It's a fantastic group of young lads and with the experienced heads we have around them we can go far.

"Last season we could have crumbled after that early goal and gone two or three behind. But the spirit is very high and we are really pleased. I thought that 3-1 was about right. …

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