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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. 


A Remarkably Detailed Analysis Of Pardew As Both A Man & A Manager

The last few months have been a testing time for everyone associated with Crystal Palace FC, but with an FA Cup Final on the horizon, people everywhere are wondering if we have what it takes to upset the odds and beat Louis Van Gaal’s Reds. 

This remarkably well written piece analyses Alan Pardew as a man and a manager in startling detail. It’s worth a read. 

Key to any success we may have will be the approach of manager Alan Pardew, who has seen his usual bullish and self-assured approach to management halted in its tracks as a consequence of our recent woes. In what is a remarkably well written analysis of the club’s current predicament, the above piece picks apart the Pardew approach, levelling both praise and criticism where necessary as a method of assessing our chances of toppling United on the day. 

Much has been written in the press about the current Palace gaffer; a great deal of which has dealt with the strained relationship he endured with Newcastle fans on Tyneside, not to mention the run-ins he’s had with the FA are breaches of protocol on the touchline, but the piece attached above does a fantastic job of clearing the fog that can often engulf any opinion of the Eagles supremo.

Whilst the arrogance and bravado that flows from Pardew when he’s on top form is often used as a stick with which to beat him, there is a suggestion that those exact characteristics are the pivotal factor in him dragging results from his players when their backs are against the wall. The consequence of this is an inevitable split of opinion which sees him take on the role of managerial Marmite in the minds of football fans across the country, but when he’s at his best, it’s clear that he would care very little about the gripes of his detractors.

Not commissioned by any of the big media organisations, the above article is, as far as I’m aware, a completely independent piece of writing, which only serves to make the depth into which it delves more impressive. As an analysis of Pardew as a man and a manager, it serves as an extremely solid accompaniment to anyone weighing up our chances of success at Wembley in May. 

Give it a read, it won’t disappoint. 

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