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VIDEO: Fraizer Campbell Scores A Brace As Palace Draw 2-2 With Vancouver

Crystal Palace rounded off their US tour with a 2-2 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps last night thanks to a brace from Fraizer Campbell. 

Here are the highlights from last night’s game, where an explosive second half saw four goals scored in just 28 minutes. 

Alan Pardew began the game with an untested 3-5-2 formation, using Martin Kelly, Damien Delaney and Scott Dann at the back in a bid to tweak our potential tactical approach ahead of the new season and in an evenly matched opening 45 minutes, we seemed to cope with it relatively well. 

After seeing the Whitecaps take the lead with a close-range header in the 50th minute, the Palace fans who had stayed up to watch the game were fearing the worst, but it took just 12 minutes for the Eagles to regain parity after some excellent work from the ever-impressive Andros Townsend saw him find half-time substitute Fraizer Campbell in the penalty for a cooly taken equaliser. 

It took just four more minutes for the magic of Townsend to pay dividends again, after some fantastic work from him saw the ball fed to Connor Wickham who squared a pass to Campbell, prompting the former Manchester United man to grab his second of the evening. 

Unfortunately, the goalscoring wasn’t to end there and in the 78th minute, the Whitecaps Kendall Watson brought them back to 2-2 with a header the Palace keeper Julian Speroni could do nothing about.

The final whistle signalled the end of the Eagles’ US tour, which, after going unbeaten in three games with two clean sheets to boot will undoubtedly be looked upon as a genuine success for all concerned. 

There is no doubt whatsoever that Andros Townsend has shone in red and blue on the other side of the Atlantic, which can only bode well for us in the season to come. 


VIDEO: AJ Discusses His Love For Palace & The Reasons For His Return

Andy Johnson officially returned to Crystal Palace as a club ambassador yesterday afternoon and has spoken to Chris Grierson about exactly what the role will entail. 

This video sees Johnson discuss his love for Crystal Palace with Chris Grierson, as well as his new role as a club ambassador. 

AJ played 161 times in red and blue, scoring an astounding 85 goals in that time. It was a period which saw the club promoted to the Premier League under the guidance of Iain Dowie, before narrowly missing out on top flight survival the following year, thanks in no small part to Johnson’s efforts. 

The campaign of 2004/05 saw him earn a place in the Premier League’s best XI after scoring 21 times, and despite staying for another season in the hope of helping us bounce straight back, AJ saw his first stint at Selhurst Park come to a close with defeat against Watford in the semi-finals of the play-offs in 2005/06. 

Although his career then took him on to the likes of Everton, Fulham and QPR, the bald headed frontman always felt most at home in SE25, and has spoken extensively about his joy at returning to the club in an official capacity in the video interview attached above. 

For Palace fans of a certain age, AJ will always be one of their childhood footballing heroes, scoring so prolifically for three seasons that it was impossible not to fall in love with his all-action style, leading the line with a fervour that many would now associate with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. 

No one has managed to hit the goalscoring heights that Johnson did in a Palace shirt since, which only adds to the collective adoration our fans feel towards him. As someone who grew up watching him bang goals in every week, I’m extremely happy to see him back with us in an official capacity. 


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