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22.10.2017… Palace (h)…

Newcastle United 1 Crystal Palace 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday October 21st… 3pm

Attendance: 52,251

Ticket: £41 – Programme: £3

Not the greatest of games by any stretch of the imagination, in fact we didn’t manage to register the first shot on target until the 71st minute…

But it was a satisfying win nonethless. We kept going, made sure that we didn’t concede, knowing that at some point we would get a chance. It came in the 86th minute, off the back of Mikel Merino’s head from a Matt Ritchie corner. Three points, a clean sheet, and up to sixth place…

We look solid and well organised, and always likely to nick one from a set piece; hardly a surprise with Rafa in charge. With a new owner though, and money to spend in the right areas, you really feel that we could start to move through the gears…

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First Half Action: Newcastle on the Attack…

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Second Half Action: Newcastle Take The Lead…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles (YC), Lejeune (YC), Manquillo (YC), Hayden (Merino 56), Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez (Diame 66), Atsu, Joselu (YC) (Mitrovic 78)

Not Used; Darlow, Gamez, Clark, Murphy

Goals; Merino (86)

Crystal Palace; Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt (YC), McArthur (Sako 88), Cabaye (YC), Milivojevic, Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha (Loftus-Cheek 77)

Not Used; Fosu-Mensah, Hennessey, Puncheon, Riedewald, Tomkins

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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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…