Wednesday September 24th, 2014. Kick off 8:00pm. Selhurst Park, South London.
After a thrilling win at Goodison Park on Sunday Crystal Palace's attention now turns to the Carling Cup and Newcastle United as they do battle again for the second time this season. The Eagles had Wilfried Zaha's 90+7 minute equaliser to thank for taking a point from St James' Park a few weeks ago, and they will be looking to go one better in the cup on Wednesday evening.
Crystal Palace take on Newcastle tomorrow night in the Carling Cup with fresh optimism after their 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday.
The Eagles are back under the lights at Selhurst Park as they play a Newcastle side who are having a rocky start to the season.
Palace and Newcastle played out an epic 3-3 draw in Neil Warnock's first game in charge last month where Wilfried Zaha scored a last minute goal to ensure the Eagles returned to south London with a share of the points.
And after being dropped to the bench against Everton on Sunday, Zaha could return to the starting line-up tomorrow evening with some of Sunday's stars likely to be rested.
Players such as Joniesta, Hangeland, Doyle, Fryers and Gayle could all feature against the Magpies as boss Neil Warnock seeks to examine those fringe players he has seen little of so far this campaign.
Additionally, after they were not included in the Palace U21 side defeated by Crewe on Tuesday, Jake Gray, Sullay KaiKai and Hiram Boateng are likely to be involved in some capacity against Newcastle.
Newcastle's manager and former Palace star Alan Pardew will be hoping a win in the cup can spur them on in the Premier League with his team without a win so far.
Sammy Ameobi impressed off the bench during Newcastle's 2-2 draw with Hull on Saturday and could start on Wednesday after Pardew issued the forward with a challenge to deliver more on the football pitch.
The Magpies will be without Tim Krul, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse after they were struck down with a virus during the week.
Davide Santon, Adam Campbell, Rolando Aarons and Siem De Jong are also set to miss out with injury.
Pardew's side beat Gillingham in the last round of the cup with Palace also seeing off lower league opposition after beating Walsall 3-0.
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Crystal Palace have won five, drawn one and lost five games against Newcastle United in games at Selhurst Park.
In the 11 games between the two sides in South London, Newcastle have managed to put 13 goals past the Eagles whilst conceding 12.
The two sides have never met in a cup game at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles have managed to pick up six wins in their last nine League Cup games; the three defeats include a penalty shoot out in the semi-final against Cardiff City in 2010.
Wednesday's visitors to Selhurst Park have won five and lost four League Cup games in their last nine, winning and losing twice in extra time.
Crystal Palace are currently on a three game unbeaten run since Neil Warnock took over the reigns at Selhurst Park; winning once and drawing twice.
Newcastle United have reached the third round of the League Cup in three of their last four attempts; their only defeat came against the only side in the Premier League during that run, Manchester City.
Dwight Gayle is currently sitting third in the scoring charts in the League Cup this season after Tuesday night's fixtures.
Games are always that bit more exciting under the lights at Selhurst Park and I have a feeling fans could be in for a cracker on Wednesday night.
Both sides will probably play some fringe players and Warnock has already said he wants to see some of his squad players in action before deciding whether any of them should be sent out on loan.
The cup is not a priority for Palace this season but those who get a game tomorrow evening will want to impress and force their way into the first team on Saturday.
Newcastle's defence has not been as watertight as previous seasons and if players like Joniesta and Gayle and Zaha can put them under some pressure then I think Palace have a good chance of making it through to the next round.
Palace 2-1 Newcastle
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After Palace matched their 3-2 victory at Goodison Park last season with an inspired second half display this time around, our man Mark Gardiner looks back at the action.
Goodison Park is one of my favourite grounds – old-fashioned but full of character, a proper football ground. Admittedly last time I was here it was the End of the World with parts of Liverpool’s architecture airborne, and I had to follow what was reported as Palace’s best performance last season from a restaurant basement in Amiens, but Palace do have a surprisingly good recent (well, over last 20 years anyway!) record here with luminaries such as Lombardo and Chris Armstrong sparking victories. That another great away day was coming was made certain by our lunchtime arrival at a leafy Cheshire pub to be greeted by a shotgun being brandished in the car park; just like some of our classier establishments back at Fort Neef, although said firearm wasn’t sawn-off.
There were a few changes made by Warnock, although two of them did cause some surprise, with Ward continuing at left back and Bolasie starting on the left. Kelly came in at right back with Ledley returning in midfield, and the previously ineffectual Campbell up front in place of Gayle, who dropped to the bench with Zaha but with no Williams or Bannan in the XVIII. It looked like a 4-5-1 formation but it soon looked far more like 6-3-1 with both wingers stationed deep when Everton had the ball, apparently in response to Everton’s deep-raiding full backs. Actually Baines spent more time in our half than theirs, and Puncheon played as almost an auxiliary right back. With Ledley and Jedinak both failing to impose themselves in midfield – I can’t recall either touching the ball in the first 10 minutes – this left Campbell totally isolated up front. Palace’s attacking options consisted of attempted through passes behind Everton’s defence, or dropped into space between them & their keeper in an attempt to utilise Campbell’s pace advantage; some concern was caused but nothing of any real advantage, although there was one superb through ball from McArthur. In return Everton pinned Palace back: Atsu had already penetrated into the box before being forced wide by Speroni and put the ball into the side netting when he should really have scored. Then Puncheon lost the ball just onside their half, and one excellent pass found the Palace defence square, split and flat-footed as Lukaku outpaced Delaney straight down the middle and finished with style.
It looked like the only question would be the weight of victory, as tricky on-loan winger Atsu was proving far too fast for Ward (and the linesman) and opening up our left side on a regular basis; somehow crosses were blocked while Osman should have scored a second but hit his shot straight at Speroni. At this point, with Palace hardly mustering a threat, there was dissension in the ranks as a super-heavyweight calling for Warnock’s head came face-to-face with a bantamweight demanding Parish’s appearance on the pitch. Unfortunately the preliminaries for this promising prize-fight were interrupted by Palace who, showing appalling timing, found one of those hopeful through balls and a rarity of a Bolasie flick-on causing confusion in the Toffees’ box as defenders & keeper came then halted for a crucial second, allowing McArthur to nip in before being flattened by the late-arriving Howard. Referee Oliver, who had a good game, awarded the penalty and Jedinak’s conversion was perfectly placed into the top corner.
Palace, heartened by this, had already started to find an outlet on the left where Bolasie was now starting to torment England’s new right back Stones, and even more importantly looking up and choosing the right options, although a lack of numbers in the box and some lucky defending saw the crosses cleared. Yannick then took the direct option, his shot from distance striking a defender and looping onto the bar; Campbell, for whom nothing was going right, could not control the rebound with the goal gaping. Still Everton pressed on, Atsu still a major threat, and Palace survived a Baines free kick right on half time.
The second half started with Bolasie again unhinging Everton’s right-sided defence, but ironically the opening came from the left side. Kelly, obviously enjoying a match against old derby rivals, threw in a deep cross which tempted Howard out of his goal only to completely lose himself under the flight, and Campbell’s looping far post header dropped over a despairing defender. It now looked likely to be a shoot-out between Atsu & Bolasie as to who would create the most chances, with Palace now set up for a perfect counter-attacking scenario, but Martinez then gambled with a double substitution, not only withdrawing the dangerous Atsu (somehow leaving on the ageing & ineffectual Eto’o) but right back Stones, switching to three at the back. Perhaps he was regretting resting starters such as Naismith & Mirallas with proof that Everton’s squad may not be deep enough to accommodate the UEFA Cup (yes – I’m outdated but I remember when it was the Fairs’ Cup!) but this seemed to blunt his attacking edge and looked suicidal at the back. Palace had survived some close shaves with Speroni blocking one effort with his chest, the defenders also getting in the way of efforts and Barry lifting over from 8 yards out. Within 5 minutes of the change Everton conceded a third goal stemming from defensive errors: both McArthur & Jedinak won the ball deep in the Toffees’ half but lost it immediately, before Puncheon robbed a third defender and laid the ball across to Bolasie, whose cool finish across Howard belied the fact he hadn’t scored for 18 months.
Annoyingly but understandably Palace dropped deeper and Everton pushed on, now in a 2-4-4 formation with Baines in particular an outlet and threat. Crosses and shots were blocked but the team was tiring, and McCarthy drew a foul from Dann who could not quite withdraw his leg in time; we still had hope that Speroni would repeat last week’s heroics but Baines sent him the wrong way from the spot and rolled the ball home. Speroni made a double save from Mirallas and Jagielka toe-poked just wide in six minutes of stoppage time (extended as Palace fans played beach volleyball in the sun) but sub Guédioura had a glorious chance to seal victory in style, Jedinak setting him free down the middle for a long run on goal but his finish didn’t match Lukaku’s similar effort and drifted well wide. It didn’t matter as the whistle soon followed and the celebrations began.
Oh, that shotgun would have been useful on the way home for the bloke who decided to shut three lanes on the M25 but not tell us until after the previous junction... I would love to hear the thoughts of our budding potential protagonists on our manager & chairman now...
Speroni – 7 – For all Everton’s possession (76% against 24% if the BBC are to be believed) Julian wasn’t overworked. No chance with either goal but only had one fairly routine save to make in the first half from Osman. Several crosses were dealt with safely and made a couple of ungainly reaction saves in the second. Booked for time wasting but on the plus side was radiant in fluorescent pink; perhaps Nelson Muntz’s persistent declarations of man-love are grinding him down?
Kelly – 7 – First to come to the fans after the final whistle and looked delighted to get one over old personal rivals. Didn’t face the same threat as Ward and had considerable help from Puncheon in dealing with Baines. Made one of Palace’s first real attacks with fine play & run down the right spoiled by poor final ball, but rectified that with an accurate deep cross for Campbell’s goal. Played his role in defeating Everton’s second half assault.
Ward – 5 – Really struggled against Atsu who just cruised past him, although the winger appeared too fast for the linesman who missed what looked like several offsides. Life became easier when faced by Eto’o but still so far a pale imitation of last season’s outstanding performer.
Delaney – 7 – Caught square by early through ball and unable to catch Lukaku, but then we had the usual fare of important interceptions & blocks, one of an Atsu cross at 1-1 being crucial in timing.
Dann – 7 – Much the same as Delaney, putting his body in the way, but was just too slow to move his leg out of the way & clipping McCarthy to concede the penalty.
Jedinak – 7 – Started as poorly as he finished against Burnley, but slowly became a factor in the game, another with important interceptions, tackles and headers as Everton dominated possession. Was involved in the move for the third goal and also found one perfect pass to set Guédioura clear. His penalty finish was emphatic and unstoppable in placement.
Ledley – 6 – Also started slowly and can’t recall him doing anything in the first 15 minutes until committing a foul. Yet he also played an important role in deflecting Everton’s attacks.
McArthur – 6 – Played one lovely ball in the first half that nearly set Campbell in on the edge of the box, and did pop up to win the penalty but with so little of the ball wasn’t as influential as hoped. If he was deputed to support Campbell he was too often too deep to help. Tired in the second half.
Bolasie – 8 – Not a factor for the first 20 minutes then exploded into action and became the dominant player of the match. Absolutely tormented Stones and was even more dangerous when Martinez decided not to field a right back. Used the ball far more intelligently than in his brief appearance against Burnley, willing to cross early at times. Set up the penalty award with a good flick on and topped his performance with an excellent goal; just watch how, instead of string the ball early with his left foot, he opened up his body to steer the ball past Howard and inside the far post with his right. This should go down as Yannick’s Match.
Puncheon – 7 – Played as almost an extra right back, diligently tracking back and often stationed halfway inside our own half to counter the very real threat of Baines, doing a lot of unglamorous work, although Atsu once made him look very awkward. Occasionally popped up in attack in the first half where he worked well as a pair with Kelly, but made Bolasie’s goal by robbing an opponent then timing a good pass straight for Bolasie to run onto.
Campbell – 5 – Isolated in the first half where he did a lot of running trying to close down three opponents, which to the uninitiated looked headless, and also when looking to get on the end of through passes or balls dropped behind Everton’s back four, when he at least caused Howard a little concern. May have to thank Howard for help in his goal but give him credit for getting on the end of Kelly’s cross and directing his header inside the opposite post. That gave him some visible confidence although he did have a good chance on the ball inside the box that he couldn’t decide how to finish.
Guédioura – 5 – Had a great chance to sooth our fraying nerves when timing his run to perfection but unfortunately this finish wasn’t matching in quality (think Jonny Williams at the Amex).
Doyle – 6 – Late replacement for Campbell and handily won a few headers in both halves of the pitch.
Fryers – 6 – Late sub for Bolasie to shore up left side of midfield.
Crystal Palace U21 goalkeeper David Gregory has joined Vanarama Conference South side Bishops Stortford on a three month loan deal.
The 19-year-old has spent the early part of the season watching from the sidelines as Lewis Price has largely been preferred between the sticks in development squad matches, but now has the opportunity to get some minutes under his belt at first team level.
Last season the youngster spent time out on loan at Sutton United, appearing twice and performing well before returning to Palace after terrible weather saw a number of matches postponed.
After playing only six U21 matches in the previous campaign, Gregory also appeared six times for the U18 side, but a lack of competitive games risked stalling his development.
Gregory spoke exclusively to FYP's Matt Woosnam last season about his desire to play football, whether it be at Palace or out on loan, but admitted playing in front of bigger crowds and hearing the noise from the crowd helps in the development of a player, but also praised the set-up at Palace.
It is an excellent opportunity for the goalkeeper, who has increased competition this season from summer signing Chris Kettings, who joined from Blackpool on a free transfer.
The former England U16 international, who has since pledged allegiance to the Republic of Ireland should any scouts come calling, has been nicknamed "Dave the Save" by Stortford's official website, and he impressed on his debut - a 3-1 victory over Whitehawk.
Wilfried Zaha is happy to be back at Palace but admitted he still want to return to Manchester United and prove himself.
Zaha returned to Palace on a season long loan from Old Trafford in August, having had a nightmare first season at United.
And while Eagles fans are delighted to see him back - after making his second debut in the 0-0 draw with Burnley - Wilf is keen to still make an impact at Man United.
"I signed for a couple of years at United so the goal is to do my best here for the season and go back and make sure I get back into the team and the England set-up," he said.
"It is just great to be playing again. There is nothing like being out on the pitch and the crowd singing your name.
"It was a bit frustrating. What am I doing if I am not playing?
"I know how everything works here and the gaffer just wants to give me game-time and wants me to improve so I am just glad I am back.
"Sir Alex Ferguson was the person who bought me. He left and people have different points of views on players.
"I thought about leaving a while. Then I thought: 'Let's stay and prove how I can play to the new manager'. He felt it was best for me to go on loan and it was best for me to come home."
As Crystal Palace take on Newcastle for the second time this season Josh Esaw takes a look at the players who played in both the red and blue and the black and white over the years.
Alan Pardew scored THAT goal in the 1990 FA Cup Semi final against Liverpool in a stunning 4-3 victory that has to go down as one of the clubs greatest games ever (Merseyside clubs must be sick of Palace by now!).
Pardew signed for Palace in 1987 from Yeovil Town for a fee believed to be in the region of £7,000. Pardew was a hard working,un-thrilling yet effective midfielder who plied his trade between non league and semi pro clubs before eventually making the step up to league football. over a 4 year period Pardew made 128 appearances for Palace and scored 8 goals and although not necessarily a fans favourite, will never be forgotten. He signed for Charlton on a free in 1991 after falling out of favour with the Eagles.
It's safe to say Pardew isn't currently the most popular figure in Newcastle. A poor start to the season coupled with a disastrous end to last has seen his stock with the fans fall so low they consistently call for his head. His time as Newcastle manager has been varied. Pardew has other people with Palace connections within his backroom team, in goalkeeper Andy Woodman, whose son Freddie currently plays for England and Newcastle U18s and had a spell in the Palace youth team before he headed to Newcastle.
Pardew also brought former Palace striker Shefki Kuqi to the Toon army. Kuqi's time at Palace wasn't necessarily inspiring, but it's hardly forgettable, making 78 appearances, scoring 17 goals and making one colourful gesture to the main stand. His time at Newcastle was even less spectacular, and amounted to 6 sub appearances and no goals and seemed to outsiders, a very baffling signing.
Pardew isn't the only player to score important goals for Palace to have Newcastle connections. Who could forget Darren Ambrose.
As modern day Palace legends go, few can say they've scored as important a goal as Darren Ambose. Arguably without his contribution, there may not even still be a Crystal Palace to support, certainly in the top flights of English football.
Ambrose signed for Palace on a free following Charlton's Hilar….I mean.. unfortunate relegation to League 1, as a player off form and out of luck. The signing of Ambrose looked like a very strange move but Neil Warnock's faith payed off, Ambrose went on to be the attacking piece around which the team was constructed and repaid the faith and stayed loyal despite administration. He bagged 20 goals in 53 appearances in his first season, including THAT goal against Sheffield Wednesday which ensured Palace's survival in the Championship.
Most players would be happy with scoring one club legend status wonder goal, however Darren Ambrose went on to score more and especially THAT goal against Manchester United in the League cup Quarter Final. Palace went to Old Trafford un-fancied and underrated (especially by a certain red nosed Scot) and stunned the world in a 2-1 win with Ambrose banging one in from all of what must have been at least 40 yards, which made every section of the ground audibly gasp (find it on youtube to hear what I mean!), before three quarters of the ground started crying and one, very South London, quarter went absolutely ballistic
Another player who has equal affection in the hearts of both supporters is Peter Ramage.
A lifelong Geordie, Peter Ramage came through the youth system at his boyhood club and made his first team debut in 2005 in a UEFA cup match against Olympiacos and became a regular for the first team in 2005/2006. Ramage began to suffer with injuries and this, along with the recruitment of more defensive players saw his chances at Newcastle become limited. in 2008, once his contract had expired, Ramage decided to leave Newcastle to seek more first team football.
Ramage is a footballer who as a fan it is hard not to love, and after signing on loan for Palace from QPR, Ramage seemed to fall in love with the fans and the club in equal measure.
Originally a short term stop gap move to allow him to regain fitness and try to get into the QPR team, Ramage's whole hearted performances won him the admiration of the Palace faithful and with each game at the club, Ramage seemed to become more apart of the Palace fabric. After his loan spell ended, Ramage headed to Birmingham on loan from QPR. This however didn't stop Peter attending certain important Palace games in amongst the supporters and eventually Ramage would return to the Eagles permanently in 2012.
Peter Ramage embodies everything about the subsequent successful promotion season Crystal Palace side. the team was built on character and spirit and togetherness and Rambo played a big part in being the core of a group. After forming a formidable centre back partnership with Damien Delaney, Palace's results began to rocket. After a poor start, everything was flying, until manager Dougie Freedman, headed north to Bolton, taking everything that wasn't nailed down with him. The core of the group remained though and the players rallied around and with the help of Ian Holloway and some shrewd January signings, Palace went on to finish the job and gain promotion to the premier league in the play off final, with one of the enduring images of the post match celebrations being the embrace between Ramage and a tearful Damien Delaney. Since promotion Ramage has found appearances harder to come by and was loaned to Barnsley last season.
The return of Neil Warnock, Andy Johnson and Wilfried Zaha to Selhurst Park has been dubbed by the Premier League club as “Back to the Future”. Warnock managed the club between the years of 2007-2010 before walking out to take over at QPR. Johnson fired the goals that got the Eagles into the Premier League back in 2004, while his 21 goals in the 2004-05 season nearly kept the club in the top-flight. Zaha returns on-loan after enduring a disastrous year at Manchester United that has seen go from England international to a peripheral figure.
A bookmaker listed with CasinoShorts, a popular site for UK casinos, slots and blackjack, have the Eagles as second favourites to get relegated. So will this triumvirate of old faces be enough to upset the odds?
As every Palace fan will tell you, they owe their top-flight status to previous manager Tony Pulis, who left two days before the season started after a dispute with co-chairman Steve Parish. So naturally let us start by assessing the manager incumbent.
This will be Warnock’s third time managing in the Premier League, his previous two tenures hardly make for the best reading. His maiden campaign with Sheffield United in the 2006-07 season ended with relegation, while his second attempt with QPR ended with him being dismissed from the job in January 2012, less than five months after the season commenced.
Warnock is a capable manager but he is best fitted to the Championship, much like Ian Holloway. His football is negative, something that is fine if it merits results, sadly for Warnock this is yet to happen in the Premier League.
He’s hardly the easiest man to work with either; during his career many players have left following disputes with the 65-year-old. The most recent player to fall foul of his acid tongue was Jason Puncheon, Palace’s star player last season, luckily however, the two have patched up their differences. Warnock does cause friction and a squad that lacks harmony is a squad in peril.
A manager with a patchy Premier League record and someone with too many questionable signings to his name, hopefully he will prove his doubters wrong but right now he is definitely a back to the Championship manager.
Johnson is a calculated gamble. The player, revered by the Selhurst Park faithful, has seen his career seriously curtailed by injury, his managed just 167 appearances in his last eight seasons, but did manage 17 appearances last season.
At 33-years-old he is nothing more than a stopgap but Johnson will prove more than adequate in a temporary faculty. His goals may have dried up in recent years, but then, no Palace player scored more than seven goals last term, so even though his goals be few and far between they will still be welcomed.
Injury-permitting, Johnson could easily have another 20 game season and can be expected to net at least five goals. It may not sound a lot but every little does help down at the bottom of the table.
He needs no introduction to Palace fans, Zaha is a brilliant acquisition for the Eagles. His career stalled at Old Trafford so not only is looking to kick-start his career but he’s trying to prove a point. A player with a point to prove can be lethal.
Counter-attacking football will probably be Warnock’s tactic of choice, to do this properly you need pace, and a lot of it. Zaha, along with Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie, will provide Palace with an abundance of pace, as well as possessing the talent to deliver the final product - minus the finish his recent run against Burnley highlighted how dangerous he can be when running with the ball.
Away from the pressure of Old Trafford expect Zaha to shine. At 21-years-old he needs game time, this will come at Palace, and the more time he gets the better he will become.
It is going to be touch and go but Palace have enough about them to stay up. Pulis has laid solid foundations to be built on and the players added in the summer possess Premier League quality. The Eagles will stay up this season.