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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. 


Palace’s Defensive Transfer Options Are Diminishing Every Day

With Crystal Palace formalising their interest in Swansea captain Ashley Williams yesterday, the Welsh outfit have now turned away our advances and suggested that they will reject any further offers, according to Wales Online. 

Eagles boss Alan Pardew had been linked with a £10 million for the powerful Swans defender, but after a few weeks of speculation, Garry Monk and co. have moved to completely douse the flames surrounding their captain’s potential departure, stating that Williams is not for sale at any price. 

Whilst much of this is a show of strength from Swansea, it does seem a tad ridiculous to categorically state that the centre-back won’t be leaving The Liberty Stadium, with every player on the planet having a price, but, given the fact that the new league season is just around the corner, it is at least a definitive denial of interest, rather than a moment of bartering over the necessary sum. 

In reality, a move for Williams always looked to be unrealistic, with every Swansea fan laughing off talk of him leaving with a well-rehearsed eye roll and a knowing sigh, after seeing off interest from the likes of Arsenal in the past, but with the imposing defender now past 30, a big fee may have been enough to sway the Swans into letting him go. 

Now, we can firmly readjust our sights on other defensive targets, with an emphasis placed upon the time it will take us to find a new man, given the fact that Premier League football will resume in just 10 days. 

We’d all have loved to see Ashley Williams lining up alongside Scott Dann in August, but for now, Garry Monk and his board are standing firm, and that should be respected. 

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