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post #61 of 1163 (permalink) Old March 22nd, 2004, 08:53
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No chance!

Our fighting guile will see us through.

Seriously though, dont expect a footballing classic.
If you have a good player expect them to marked like Huckerby was. I think its fair to say that Horsefield and Hughes will probably start up front, and midfield will be Koumas, Kinsella, Andy Johnson (the one and ONLY!), Gregan.
Defence Robinson, Clement, Gaardsoe and Haas.

if we play 4-4-2, which as its at the Hawthorns it probably will be.
(3-5-2 away).

I'm hoping for a result like last time we played you at the Hawthorns Man what a day that was!

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post #62 of 1163 (permalink) Old March 23rd, 2004, 18:33
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Colchester United have re-signed young Crystal Palace striker Gareth Williams on loan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old has just completed a month's loan with Second Division rivals Bournemouth on Saturday and it did not take him long to leave Selhurst Park and rejoin The U's.

The Welshman enjoyed a successful two-month loan spell at Layer Road last season and earlier this campaign, he spent time on loan at Division Three side Cambridge United.

With first team opportunities limited with The Eagles, Williams will aim to make the most of his second spell with the Essex-based outfit.
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Got a feeling Gareth may be released at the end of the season, he's not managed to break into the side after 3 seasons in the squad despite being highly rated by reserve watchers
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post #63 of 1163 (permalink) Old March 26th, 2004, 18:16
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Probable line up vs WBA
GK..Vaesen
Def..Butterfield----Hudson----Popovic-----Granville
Mid..Routledge----Hughes----Liegertwood or Riihilahti----Gray
For..Shipperley or Freedman----Johnson

Shipperley and Popovic picked up knocks vs Norwich, hopefully both will play. Riihilahti may replace Liegertwood, if fit.

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Powell's Royals deal cancelled Mar 23 2004
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DARREN Powell's proposed move to Reading is off.

It seemed the Crystal Palace centre-back was on his way out of Selhurst Park after it emerged the two clubs had agreed on a fee, believed to be in the region of 225,000.

But on Tuesday Palace manager Iain Dowie confirmed that Powell is going nowhere.

"As far as I'm concerned he's a very valuable member of the squad and we're looking forward to getting him fit and back in the team as soon as we can," said Dowie.
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Good job, Mart. I'm rather lazy to surf the net and finally I can easily read something about CP.
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post #65 of 1163 (permalink) Old March 26th, 2004, 19:27 Thread Starter
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Are you a Palace fan as well ToniSamp? Perhaps we one day can get a Palace forum here at Xtratime, that would be awesome!
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I'm a sympathizer. Indeed, I hardly follow them now but I have always liked them.
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Are you a Palace fan as well ToniSamp? Perhaps we one day can get a Palace forum here at Xtratime, that would be awesome!

It's the Lombardo connection
Toni, you may not know this, but Palace have played Samp
Back in 1990, Palace, Samp , Fiorentina and maybe another side played a pre-season comp' in Italy. Palace lost to the Viola but beat Samp in a penalty shoot outlink
Some good pics of the scenery in there!!
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I saw this Palace team lose to Barnsley in 1997: Miller, Edworthy, Gordon, Roberts, Tuttle, Linighan, Lombardo, Warhurst (Shipperley, 68), Dyer, Rodger (Fullarton, 63), Muscat. Lombardo showed moments of brilliance in that game, but was not brilliant throughout the game.

I saw him in other matches as well, but only on tv.

Just for fun, here's the match report:

Crystal Palace vs Barnsley:

Neil Redfearn returned to haunt Palace with the goal that gave Barnsley the first FA Premiership win in their 110-year history.

The midfielder has waited more than a decade to savour life at the top, watching his old team-mates bob in and out of the elite three times since he departed for Watford in 1988.


But his superb 56th minute drive wrecked their hopes of leading the English first division for the first time since they were tagged the 'Team of the 80s' under Terry Venables in September 1979.

And it gave Danny Wilson's gritty Tykes renewed confidence for the awesome challenge they face this season, much-needed after their debut defeat at home to West Ham on Saturday.

No wonder his players embraced each other in emotional scenes on the final whistle.

Skipper Redfearn, who arrived at Oakwell via Oldham for 150,000 in 1991, was the major force behind their promotion with 17 goals.

And he was inspired to take advantage when John Hendrie dispossessed a dozy Simon Rodger, taking up the ball and angling inside from the right.

There still seemed little danger when he swung his left boot from 25 yards, but he caught new goalkeeper Kevin Miller by surprise, his shot dipping inside the top right-hand corner.

It was a shocker for Palace and their new star, Attilio Lombardo, especially after their impressive win at Everton, but though Bruce Dyer cracked a shot against the bar in the 78th minute, they could not recover.

In truth, though both newly-promoted sides have spent around 4million each on reinforcements, their football still smacks of the Nationwide and both will surely be lucky to stay clear of relegation.

Lombardo was an immediate hit with the home fans on his home debut, though Yorkshire grit soon dented the veneer of sophistication he brings to Steve Coppell's side.

And the Londoners' other big name signing, striker Paul Warhurst, was replaced after 68 ineffective minutes.

If it had not been for Miller, a 1million signing from Watford, Palace would have succumbed more easily to the wily 36-year-old Hendrie.

If there is one side who should not give Wilson's men an inferiority complex this season, it is Palace, who finished four places below them in division one last season and only graduated via the play-offs.

They took a 1-1 draw from Selhurst on their way to automatic promotion and though record signing Macedonian Georgi Hristov is still not considered fit enough for a full debut, they more than matched the home side.

Lombardo, the 1.6million signing from Juventus, showed nice touches, as one would expect for a player of his pedigree, but he will need time to find a mutual wavelength with mainly journeymen colleagues.

His passing was exquisite at times, though not always anticipated by histeam-mates, and one wonders how long he will keep running so hard to demonstrate he is not here just for the money.

Barnsley, for sure, will run like whippets all year to protect their new-found status and were denied a 30th minute lead by the remarkable athleticism of Miller.

Hendrie should never been allowed to make so much progress, twisting and turning David Tuttle and Marc Edworthy, before cracking a shot which looped up off a defender's boot, wrong-footing Miller. But he managed to spring backwards and hook the ball off the line.

Three minutes later Dean Gordon burst on to a rebound to get clear on theleft side of the area and drilled the ball low across the face of goal, where both Lombardo and Warhurst lunged without connecting.

Almost immediately at the other end Hendrie planted a cross on to the head of the unmarked Darren Barnard, who brought another fine save from Miller.

Then Hendrie sent Miller low to his right to hold a crisp shot before thewhistle gave both teams a welcome chance to rehydrate.

Dyer showed great strength to win a running tussle with Arjan de Zeeuw and get clear on the right-hand side of the Barnsley box in the 50th minute, but Watson blocked the shot at the base of his near post.

A minute later the Barnsley goalkeeper had an amazing escape, parrying Dyer's close-range shot at the feet of Kevin Muscat, who somehow hoisted the ball over the gaping goal from six yards.

The home fans appealed in vain for a penalty when Lombardo was dumped onhis backside by Dutchman de Zeeuw.

Barnsley were rocking, yet within minutes they were celebrating and then England Under-21 goalkeeper Watson set about protecting their precious goal.

Lombardo set up Rodger with a quick chance to atone, but his cracking shot was saved by Watson with his legs.

Substitute Neil Shipperley got clear on the left, but ignored the calls of better-placed colleagues to try and chip the goalkeeper, and his effort wafted beyond the far angle.




Dyer then burst through to crack his drive against the underside of the bar, Lombardo appealing that it had crossed the line on its way down before being cleared behind.

Watson made sure of the three points in the final seconds, flicking over Dyer's downward header from the most awkward angle.




Crystal Palace: Miller, Edworthy, Gordon, Roberts, Tuttle, Linighan, Lombardo, Warhurst (Shipperley, 68), Dyer, Rodger (Fullarton, 63), Muscat.

Subs not used: Veart, Nash, Hreidarsson.

Booked: Tuttle.

Barnsley: Watson, Eaden, Appleby, Sheridan, Moses, De Zeeuw, Hendrie, Redfearn, Wilkinson, Bullock, Barnard.

Subs not used: Leese, Marcelle, Liddell, Bosancic, Hristov.

Booked: Sheridan.

Attendance: 21,547.

Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe).

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It's the Lombardo connection
Toni, you may not know this, but Palace have played Samp
Back in 1990, Palace, Samp , Fiorentina and maybe another side played a pre-season comp' in Italy. Palace lost to the Viola but beat Samp in a penalty shoot outlink
Some good pics of the scenery in there!!
I know, it was few kms far from the home of my parents (Ivrea).
Unfortunately I was in Belgium and I could not go there.
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And great pics... a good advertising for our formidable mountains and for the supporters of CP.
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The match is about to start now, and even if I have been really busy today, I just made it home in time.
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It was a hardfought match from the beginning until the end. None of the teams wanted to give away anything. WBA had more of the pressure in the first half, but the match was still fairly even, and it was scoreless at halftime. The highlight was a fantastic save by Vaesen on a WBA freekick.

In the second half, Palace had some really nice chances, and with a bit of luck it could have ended in a goal, but it never did, and towards the end of the half, WBA finally got the advantage they had worked so hard for. From then on, until the end of the game, Palace had their worst period.

WBA won 2-0, and the Palace fans went disappointed home.

It was nice to see the wings Routledge and Gray work so hard, and together with goalkeeper Vaesen they were probably Palace's best players today. The defence fought and fought, and with a defensive midfield helping them out. Whether Johnson or Shipperley had a bad match, or if they got too little help from the central midfielders when Palace was attacking is hard to say. It's fair to say that something was missing though. Still, with a bit of luck the points could have gone to Palace.
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Listened to the game on the radio at work. It didn't sound like we created many chances but I thought we'd done enough for the 0-0 as West Brom seemed to have run out of ideas.
I guess that ability to grind out results is what seperates the men from the boys.
Centre midfield has been a problem for a while We never seem to get midfielder's breaking into the box ahead of the strikers. Michael Hughes is great at what he does, but at times he has to carry the midfield on his own.

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The highlight was a fantastic save by Vaesen on a WBA freekick.
That was Artim Sakiri
Did you hear all the booing when he went off?
The crowd were not at all pleased with that substitution.
Megson had a go at the fans in his post match press conference.

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No game for Palace this weekend, should have been playing the Mackems but they're playing an FA cup semi on sunday( please, please beat Millwall )
Next game is away to Rotherham 6/4/04
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Tonight....Rotherham vs Palace.


No new injuries for Palace after the midweek international games,so ......
Hopefully dowie will adopt a more positive approach for this game after the all out defence employed at the Hawthorns
Aki Riihilahti should replace Mikele Liegertwood in the midfield , otherwise Palace should be unchanged.



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Remember Mart: I hardly post a comment (cause I just know Popovic from his J-League experience and Rihilati from a friendly vs Italy) but I always read yours. So: follow on.
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Burnley 1 Palace 2

Gray 11 (cp)
Shipperley 27(cp)
Proctor 85 (b)

Rotherham: Pollitt ,Stockdale ,Shaun Barker ,Gilchrist ,Minto ,Warne (Richard Barker ,57 ) ,Morris ,Mullin ,Monkhouse ,Butler ,Proctor
Subs not used: Montgomery, Daws, Baudet, Hurst,

C Palace: Vaesen ,Butterfield ,Hudson ,Popovic ,Granville ,Routledge ,Hughes ,Riihilahti ( Leigertwood ,87 ) ,Gray ,Johnson ,Shipperley
Subs not used Berthelin, Freedman, Derry, Black,

Bookings: Butler , Mullin (Rotherham) Hughes , Johnson , Popovic , Riihilahti (C Palace)

Attendance: 6001


Referee: M Cooper (Walsall)

Good away win for the lads. I listened to the game on the radio so I can't really give an accurate review p
Palace dominated the first half and went in 2-0 at half time.
We never do anything the easy way though, so it was no surprise as Palace defended deeper and deeper as the 2nd half went on. When Rotherham got a goal back on 85' the usual nailbiting finale was ensured
We still have a faint chance of making the play offs , but realistically we need to win every game left and that ain't going to happen

* Julian Gray has apparently given his goal to Neil Shipperley, must of taken a deflection on the way in

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Remaining Fixtures
  • Cardiff (a)
  • West Ham (h)
  • Wigan (h)
  • Sunderland (h)
  • Crewe (a)
  • Walsall (h)
  • Coventry (a)






Norwich...... 39 .76. +29
West Brom .39 ..76..+24
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Sunderland 38 . 68 .+17
Wigan ........40 . 65. +15
Millwall .......39 ..64 .+14
West Ham ..40 . 63 .+15
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Sheff Utd ....40 . 63. +11
Reading ......40 ..63 ....-1
Ipswich .......40 ..62 ...+9
Cardiff .........40 ..59 .+13
C Palace ......39 ..57 ..+4



21 points left to play for, home games against 3 of the teams currently in the play off places to come and a game in hand over West Ham.....WAKE UP MART... You're day dreaming again

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