Victory was the second in a row under new manager Tony Pulis and lifted them up to 13 points, still in the relegation zone but only because of a worse goal difference than West Ham.

Cardiff, who have failed to score in four successive away games, are fifth from bottom and have won just once in their last nine games, a 1-0 win over fellow Welsh side Swansea on November 3.

Palace and Cardiff enjoyed a fairly even first-half but it was the hosts that went in at the break in the lead thanks to a goal by Jerome as he headed home a cross by Jason Puncheon.

His goal came just seconds after Cardiff should have scored but a header by an unmarked Fraizer Campbell was saved superbly by Julian Speroni.

The hosts went close through the influential Barry Bannan but had to be satisfied with just the one goal lead at half-time.

However, they doubled their lead shortly before the hour mark as Moroccan international Chamakh fired the ball home for the 29-year-old's third goal of the season.

Palace thought they had added a third but Jerome's effort was ruled out for not having crossed the line but it didn't matter as they easily held out against a Cardiff side lacking in creativity and firepower.