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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old August 23rd, 2004, 14:56 Thread Starter
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Palace vs Chelsea

Tomorrow Palace will meet a Premiership top team for in the league for the first team in many years. It should certainly be something different than Norwich and Everton, who I still expect will fight against relegation come May. Chelsea on the other hand will fight for the gold and glory, both in the Premiership and the Champions League. They have two starting elevens which could challenge for the very same honours, and their owner have more money in the bank than small nations do.

Palace is a team full of professional players, which should not be underestimated. Their team might be worth 100 times more, but is hardly a 100 times better. Mission impossible, or mission quite possible? The latter I think, but time will show how the match develops.

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Speroni , Boyce , Hudson , Popovic , Granville , Routledge , Riihilahti , Hall , Kolkka , Johnson , Torghelle

Subs: Derry , Hughes , Freedman , Kaviedes , Kiraly
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old August 23rd, 2004, 15:01
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A Rude Awakening draws closer for Palace. I feel it will be their formal introduction to life in the Premiership.

Crystal Palace 0-5 Chelsea

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old August 23rd, 2004, 19:56
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We won't get thrashed, infact I actually think we will win. I have the feeling.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old August 23rd, 2004, 21:04
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I've got a feeling Hughes may start this one. Dowie said he was left out vs Everton for tactical reasons, maybe he didn't think Hughes would be able to compete against the very physical(and good) Gravesen.

Regarding rude awakenings, I'd say getting beaten by a distinctly poor Everton side was evidence enough of what we're up against this season . Anything less than a sound thrashing from Chelski would be a surprise
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I'll be suprised if you get anything from this match but good luck anyway

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old August 24th, 2004, 19:17
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Team news. Kaviedes in for Freedman, otherwise as per Everton.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old August 24th, 2004, 20:59
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HT, 1-0

Drogba with the goal. It's only 1-0, so you've given yourself a chance to keep the scoreline respectable
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old August 24th, 2004, 22:51 Thread Starter
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It finished 2-0. It was a fair win for Chelsea, although it would not have been undeserved if Palace had gotten one goal. As normal Routledge and Johnson were the best Palace players in attack, while it's hard to praise the defence when the team lets in two goal, it was to be expected, and I wouldn't blame any single player.

Kaviedes didn't show much, but since it was his first match from start, and it was against Chelsea, he should definetly get more chances.

Despite the loss, I enjoyed watching Palace again, and I am greatly looking forward to the rest of the season.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old August 25th, 2004, 00:08
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Can't argue with the scoreline. Palace didn't really threaten, they worked hard to deny Chelsea time and space but in the end the extra class told. Aki Riihilahti was immense, particularly 1st half, if it moved he tackled it
Palace surrendered posession too easily,too many sloppy or rushed passes and for all of Aki's hard work it seemed like he was fighting a lone battle.
AJ had little support from Kaviedes and both were out muscled by the Chelsea defenders, we really need Torghelle or even Shipperley back to hold the ball up. Biggest worry is Joonas Kollkka, he doesn't seem to offer anything on the left, his teammates look reluctant to pass to him when he's in space and he always comes in on his right foot

At least it wasn't a cricket score
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NiTRO, I'll have some of that stuff you're on please p
Its called optimism . but seriously, i always think palace are gonna win.

we played well, and the fans were just having a good time. in the end quality showed.
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We won't get thrashed, infact I actually think we will win. I have the feeling.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old August 27th, 2004, 14:18
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2-0 is a thrashing
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