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30.04.2016… Palace (h)…

Newcastle United 1 Crystal Palace 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday April 30th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,107

Ticket: £33 – Programme: £3

The weekend didn’t start well, a five hour train journey from New Street. My initial train was taken out of service at Derby, the following train saw us all packed in like sardines. A further thirty minute delay at Sheffield just added to the fun. With hindsight though, it was worth it…

It was another nervy first half but Palace certainly had the better of it. When they weren’t wasting time, Karl Darlow was called on to make a couple of good saves.  Going Forward? Well, Sissoko and Colback missed a couple of half-chances…

No panic though…

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First Half Action: Dummett Taking a Throw In…

A much better second-half performance followed, an initial period of pressure being capped off by Andros Townsend’s free kick, straight into the top corner. All we had to do was hold on…

Twenty minutes left. A Palace corner, an innocuous looking cross, and then the referee blew. The assumption throughout the ground being for a home free kick, but he was pointing to the spot ( later replays showed a Sissoko handball). Up stepped Cabaye, and following quick look towards the Gallowgate, he hit it to Karl Darlow’s left. Darlow went left, he saved it, chaos ensued. I like to think that the apparent weakness of the effort was for old time’s sake but it wasn’t, it was on target, he meant to score…

The clock counted down, nothing silly, what we had we held. Five minutes of injury time passed without incident. The referee blew for full time and for the first time since February, we were out of the bottom three.  Rafa went to each of his players in turn, still coaching, taking nothing for granted. It’s still an outside chance but it’s getting bigger…

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Second Half Action: Townsend Preparing to Score…

I was sat behind David Kelly’s strike in 1992, in the Milburn Stand, as his shot sailed into the Gallowgate goal. Today I was sat in the East Stand, behind Andros Townsend’s free kick. Kelly’s strike proved to be pivotal, let’s just hope that Townsend’s proves to be just as important…

A sell out crowd, three points gained, we fight on…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita (Shelvey 88), Mbemba (YC), Lascelles, Dummett, Tioté, Colback (YC), Townsend, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Pérez 80), Cissé (Mitrovic 72)

Not Used; de Jong, Taylor, Woodman, Mbabu

Goals; Townsend (58)

Crystal Palace; Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Jedinak, Cabaye, McArthur (Sako 61), Bolasie,  Puncheon (Gayle 73), Wickham (Adebayor 74)

Not Used; Mariappa, McCarthy, Ledley, Kelly

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

27.02.2016… WBA v Palace…

West Bromwich Albion 3  Crystal Palace 2

The Hawthorns… Saturday February 27th… 5.30pm

Attendance: 24,806

Ticket: £27 – Programme: £3.50

A first for me. A Premier League match as a neutral, and a pretty good one too…

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Pre- Match: Outside The Hawthorns…

West Brom cruised through the first half, going in 3-0 up at half time. The pick of the goals being the third, a lovely move capped off by a fantastic finish from Berahino.

Palace pulled one back fairly quickly after the restart through Conor Wickham and continued to press. They pulled back to 3-2 with about ten minutes left, leading toa fairly squeaky finish for the home side…

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First Half Action…

Following a fairly poor run, this was the three points that really put West Brom’s Premier League berth for next season beyond doubt. Palace, on the other hand appear to be sinking like a stone. Do you ever get the feeling that you’ve been Pardewed…?

West Bromwich Albion; Foster, Dawson (YC), McAuley, Olsson, Brunt (Chester 44 (YC)), Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner, Sessegnon (McClean 75), Rondón (Sandro 87), Berahino

Not Used; Anichebe, Myhill, Lambert, Pritchard

Goals; Gardner (12), Dawson (20), Berahino (31)

Crystal Palace; Hennessy, Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Zaha, Cabaye (YC) (Gayle 80), Ledley (Jedinak 81), Mutch, Adebayor (YC) (Bolasie 45), Wickham

Not Used; Speroni, Mariappa, Lee Chung-yong, Chamakh

Goals; Wickham (48, 80)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

28.11.2015… Palace (a)…

Crystal Palace 5 Newcastle United 1

Selhurst Park… Saturday November 28th… 3pm

Attendance: 24,833

Ticket: £32 – Programme: £3.50

Seven days after the previous new low, another new low…

After last Saturday’s debacle, I genuinely didn’t believe that things could get any worse. This is Newcastle United though, so they did, and they got much worse…

A bitty trip, two trains to St. Pancras, then a tube to Victoria and a further train to Selhurst; no delays en route though so made it in plenty of time. It must be nearly twenty years since I’d been to Selhurst Park and nothing much appeared to have change in the interim. I like it though, not so much from the outside but definitely on the inside…

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Before Kick Off: Let the Embarrassment Continue…

I suppose that I’d better at least mention the game in passing. We started badly but scored against the run of play through Cisse, could this be another lucky ‘Bournemouth’ day? Very quickly the answer to that question became apparent, a categorial ‘No’. Palace equalised almost immediately and, as per the recent script, we folded. Shot after shot rained in at Rob Elliot, goal after goal was conceded, we offered absolutely nothing in response. In summary,we were very lucky to get away with five…

All of the classic relegation related fun was on show too. Fans leaving at half-time, others arguing among themselves about the relative merits of Cabaye. ‘We’re Shit and We’re Sick Of It’ and ‘You’re Not Fit to Wear the Shirt‘ getting an airing, happy days…

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Post-Match: Rob Elliott, Head in Hands…

So another waste of rather a lot of cash, including another £60 train ticket. Very few away trips these days can be made for under £100, why do we bother…?

Giving Spurs a miss, and If I ever hear ‘Glad All Over’ again it will be too soon…

Crystal Palace; Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye (Lee Chung-yong 75), Zaha (YC) (Jedinak 67), Puncheon, Bolasie, Wickham (Bamford 86)

Not Used; Speroni, Ledley, Chamakh, Kelly

Goals: McArthur (14, 90), Bolasie (17, 47), Zaha (41)

Newcastle United; Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba (YC), Coloccini, Dummett, Colback (de Jong 70), Anita, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Gouffran 70), Perez (Lascelles 45), Cisse

Not Used; Thauvin, Darlow, Sterry, Mitrovic

Goals; Cisse (10)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…