Eagles frontman Andy Johnson had put the newly-promoted side ahead from the penalty spot after being bundled to the floor by Chris Riggott. 

But dominant Boro were back on terms when Stewart Downing's free-kick was diverted into his own net by Palace skipper Tony Popovic.

Hasselbaink, a signing from Chelsea that summer, had already netted a debut equaliser against Newcastle and another away to Arsenal.

And it was the Dutch marksman who capped the comeback for Boro, curling a free-kick into the top left corner of Julian Speroni's goal in stunning fashion.

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