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Archive for the month “February, 2015”

VIDEO: Palace’s Win At Upton Park, From The Away End

If you weren’t lucky enough (or prepared to shell out £43 for a ticket) to be in the away end of Upton Park early on Saturday afternoon, you missed a truly impressive performance from Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace side.

Two goals from Glenn Murray alongside one from Scott Dann, set us up for a fifth consecutive away victory under the new manager’s guidance, putting the reward of Premier League survival in sight once again.

Despite Murray’s late sending off and some subsequent last-ditch defensive work from the remaining 10 men, we managed to hold firm under some sustained pressure from the Hammers, putting us into 12th place in the table and allowing supporters to dream of potentially matching or bettering last season’s 11th placed finish, should we continue to perform as well as we have been of late.

Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, you can now see all three of our goals on the day from the perspective of those in the away end, which let’s face it, will almost certainly be more pleasant than watching the pundits on Match Of The Day.


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Allardyce Can’t Stop Himself From Moaning After Palace Defeat

Whilst Sam Allardyce was primarily angry at his own team’s performance during their 3–1 defeat to Crystal Palace this afternoon, he was quick to highlight that referee Mike Dean could have easily dismissed Glenn Murray sooner, and sent off Palace captain Mile Jedinak for an elbow in the second half.

Although Murray had looked to be walking something of a tightrope with the officials by the time the interval came, the actual foul which saw him dismissed did look to be a little harsh on him by the letter of the law, even if in Big Sam’s mind, it should have come sooner.

He said:

“I think Glenn Murray could have been sent off in the first half for the number of fouls he committed. He was lucky to stay on for that long,”

“We should have had a penalty for the foul on Diafra Sakho, and it should have been a red card for Mile Jedinak too. That would have made it 3-2, and then you never know.”

Although a large part of his post-match comments focussed on the substandard display his own players produced, it’s clear that Allardyce couldn’t possibly have let the press leave without having a dig or two at the opposition, with his comments relating to a supposed penalty on Sakho smacking of nothing but sour grapes on his part.

As the dust settles on the match, I don’t think there are many neutrals who would claim that Palace didn’t deserve all three points, with most of the host’s pressure on our goal arriving after Glenn Murray’s red card when in truth, the entire pattern of play had shifted as a direct result of a numerical difference above anything else.

We move on to a game against Southampton next Tuesday, safe in the knowledge that another three wins will almost certainly be enough to secure survival. As Saturday’s go, we’ve certainly had worse.

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