The Blues were down to ten men in the 52nd minute as McCarthy was given a second yellow card which many felt was harsh, but showed enough grit to see out a goal-less draw.
Palace had their chances, but thanks to a combination of awful finishing and good defending at times, the Blues kept a clean sheet.
He said, “We came down wanting all 3 points so we could finish strong with a semi-final to look forward to.
“James was unfortunate to be sent off and then we had to battle it out. Joel was very good in goal.”
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