The chaps are joined again by captain of the CPFC mental health side Paul Richards to discuss the last two games, as the Eagles try to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.
They also preview the trip to Chelsea at the weekend as Palace try to continue their good form.
The pod team also answer your tweets and Facebook messages.
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Two wins in a week! What a week! Here's Mark Gardiner's thoughts after the 2-0 win over Cardiff.
Wow! A hard-working but not workmanlike display from Palace today emphasizing the work put in by Millen & then Pulis in the inside of the players’ heads. Attitude & commitment won the points today together with a generous dash of confidence. Cardiff were second-best – for the first 45 minutes they were pretty much third-rate and as poor in their own way as the hapless Hammers – and despite seeing more of the ball didn’t seem likely to claw their way back.
Pulis, to some surprise, elected to field the same XI as started on Tuesday, with mutterings about the continued worth of Puncheon & KG in particular counting for nothing, and lined up in the same 4-4-1-1 with Chamakh just behind Jerome, while Cardiff went for a 4-1-4-1.
How different the game could have been had Julian not made what from 120 yards away looked like a superb save to keep out Campbell’s far-post header. A goal then could have dealt a serious blow to the team’s self-confidence, let alone those of us on the sidelines. Yet Palace came forward and Jerome seemed to fluff two excellent chances, being unable to work an effort on goal when twice clear; as we were bemoaning his lack of finishing ability the much-maligned Puncheon did magnificent work in making space to put in a perfect cross, where Jerome redeemed himself with a firm header past Marshall. We had seen how a single goal restored Chamakh’s self-belief and the fans’ confidence on Tuesday; now Cameron had his first goal in 20+ appearances since his last.
Palace found the easiest way to create chances was to press deep on Cardiff’s defence as the latter tried to play the ball out from deep. This had been the cause of both Jerome’s early chances and continued to look likely to cost the Welshmen. Jerome & Chamakh hunted down Turner in particular, and for most of the first half Cardiff were reduced to long balls from the back aimed at the diminutive (by comparison) & isolated Campbell, a tactic that was meat & drink for Delaney & Gabbidon. They rarely threatened Julian’s goal before the interval.
Palace, on the other hand, looked ready to kill the game off. Jedinak & KG were both having fine games, and while Puncheon again faded comparatively after a bright start, Bannan was once again an outlet on either flank; Jerome caught the defence flat-footed more than once on through balls from Jedinak & KG. A reshuffle was enforced when Moxey departed early with an injury, with Mariappa coming in at right back and Ward switching to the left, where he was to have one of his best performances for the club. Bannan, KG & Puncheon all had shots wide, Jedinak put a header over, while Ward nearly waltzed straight down the middle only for his shot to be blocked.
Surely Cardiff couldn’t be as poor in the second half? They restarted at a high tempo and Palace were penned back for a short period. However they soon strangled Cardiff’s midfield once again and Julian was not called upon to make a save. Instead Palace pressed on looked the more likely to score again, a couple of chances being passed up before Chamakh seized upon a poor clearance and shot with a confidence reborn across Marshall and inside the far post. KG, Jerome, Delaney & Bannan all had chances to increase the lead, with one scramble having the Whitehorse Lane joyously celebrating a goal that wasn’t! Cardiff’s chances were rare; both Odemwingie & Mutch had free headers at close-range that they put over, and Julian’s one difficult moment was a save low down at his left-hand post. Once again Cardiff tried hard to work a more direct style, their midfield being held back by Palace’s hard work, but gained no return. In the end they were well beaten.
Speroni – 7 – Possibly the crucial moment when saving Campbell’s header; remember the deflating effect when Swansea scored at roughly the same time? Only had one more non-routine save in the second half, otherwise controlled his box well. A couple of dodgy kicks and some mis-communication with the defenders were not punished.
Ward – 8 – Didn’t see much action at right back apart from one good headed clearance under pressure, but played superbly when switched to the left. Perhaps this helped his two runs down the inside left channel that nearly created goals.
Moxey – 6 – Steady game with some surging runs down the left, but suffered an early strain or pull and was subbed in the first half.
Delaney – 8 – Another outstanding performance, ready to put his body on the line in a brave first-half block. Was given an easy ride by Cardiff’s attempts at a long-ball game but still did it professionally. Could have added a goal with a header over from a corner.
Gabbidon – 7 – Only a step behind Delaney in his showing, although there was one worrying moment when he went down in the second half holding his leg. (I’ve seen O’Keefe play full back & it wasn’t pretty, while Jedinak’s fill-in at centre back still makes me shudder.) Cardiff’s tactics played right into his hands.
Jedinak – 7 – Strong display with plenty of tackles and headers, and his passing accuracy was higher than it has been, perhaps helped by not facing a flat five-man opposition midfield.
Dikgacoi – 8 – Inspired by Nelson’s departure? A really strong showing from a player whose recent displays have paled in comparison. Strong in the tackle, KG also laid off some lovely passes, setting Jerome free on more than one occasion. Also threatened the goal with a couple of shots and a header.
Puncheon – 6 – As he has done recently started well, picking up the pieces of Jerome’s blown chance to beat his man and fashion a cross of the highest accuracy, then not long after snapping in a shot. But he does seem to drift out of games (isn’t that the way with Palace’s wingers?) then pop up with a deft touch, as he did in the second half. Worked hard too defensively. I may seem harsh his colleagues did more for longer.
Bannan – 8 – His crossing wasn’t as laser-guided accurate as it can be, but he had enough opportunities that a fair number were perfectly placed. His work ethic is also excellent, although his shooting needs a little polish, with one first-time volley from an acute angle that even a Suarez or Van Basten might have blanched at.
Chamakh – 8 – I’ve been on his case for his mixed displays where he will work hard one moment, then the next lay the ball off and wander around having done his bit for the move. Well, there was none of that today. Perhaps emboldened by his goal on Tuesday Marouane didn’t stop running all game, pressing & closing down Cardiff’s defence, never giving them a moment’s rest. His goal, a cross-shot from the left, was the finish of a man high on self-belief.
Jerome – 7 – Worked just as hard as Chamakh in the more advanced role, but lacked just that little bit of control or luck to really kill off the game. I thought his confidence would be rock-bottom after blowing the second of two early runs on goal, but in an instant was burying a header and in the following celebrations it looked like a weight had been removed from his shoulders. One bad moment when a long ball found him looking suspiciously offside, yet he decided too late to chase the ball when the linesman ruled he was onside – play the whistle!
Mariappa – 7 – Not a natural full back but Cardiff’s wide men were strangely subdued and bypassed for much of the game, so not really tested. Made one brave headed clearance where the boots were flying.
O’Keefe – 6 – Difficult to attune himself to the pace of the game when coming on as late substitute for Bannan & playing in a wide role.
It's time for another FYP podcast so the boys are back in the studio (AKA the Waterfront in Streatham) to chat all things Palace.
They discuss Tony Pulis' first game in charge - a 1-0 defeat at Norwich - and what TP can do to save the Eagles from relegation.
They are also joined by Paul Richards, captain on the Crystal Palace mental health team, who beat Charlton no less than 15-1 recently!
The boys also chat about:
- Punching pandas in the face
- Peter Crouch's jazz dance
- A snippet from JD's exclusive interview with Keith Millen
- Racist pigeons
- The winner of a special edition 'Crystal Pulis' baseball cap!
- And lots more random stuff!
The pod team also answer your tweets and Facebook messages.
So join Jim Daly, Andy Street, Kevin Day and James Endeacott for 50 minutes of Palace chat!
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What time is it? Time for another issue of FYP! So we present issue 38 folks...the Keith Millen special.
All Palace fans seem to be united in their thanks to Millen for steadying the ship post Holloway. So this is our 'Thanks A Millen' issue and there's LOADS packed inside.
Mainly a HUGE exclusive interview with the man himself, as Keith sits down with FYP to give us the lowdown on his four weeks in charge.
Also, in this issue we have:
- Another exclusive interview - this time with former Eagles star Matt Jansen.
- A detailed retrospective look at Steve Coppell's first reign at CPFC.
- An Evil Sash XI - the best players to wear the famous sash for Palace.
- A day with Palace Radio.
...and much, much more!
That's 48-pages of goodness.
Want a copy? Course you do! You can get your hands on one from one of our sellers at Selhurst Park on Saturday December 8th v Cardiff City for the pocket-friendly price of £1.50!
Despite steadying the Palace ship after the departure of Ian Holloway, caretaker boss Keith Millen believes he could have done even better.
Under Millen the Eagles picked up four points from four games including a credible home draw with Everton and a brilliant win away at Hull.
But Millen believes he could - and should - have picked up more points.
"When you look back we could have easily got something from Arsenal," he told FYP.
"I think more than West Brom. We deserved something from Arsenal game - at least a draw - so that was disappointing. The West Brom game I didn't think we were great, we sort of survived in the game, and it wasn't until the second half where we sort of gave it a bit more.
"There was two turning points; Mile's header and then we concede a bad goal so that could have easily been a draw. So we probably should have got more than four points out of four games but we didn't."
Millen has reverted back to the role of assistant manager after the arrival of Tony Pulis this week, but won't forget his four weeks in charge of his beloved Palace, and has one particular favourite moment,
"It's certainly when we scored at Hull, when Barry Bannan scored," he recalled.
"Luckily the cameras didn't pick up on my celebration too much! I remember at the time thinking "oh god I hope they haven't filmed me doing that!" I was jumping up and down, running up and down, I could have run into the fans! Yeah the emotion of that was special.
"And then in that last kick of the game when they get a corner, which didn't go out of play - it shouldn't have been a corner when you see it on the replay - and we cleared off the line and it hits the post. I remember looking up thinking it's our day today!
"That was special because it was my last game. I knew it was my last game so to get three points was a good feeling.
"It was the perfect way to go out without a doubt. The fans have been so supportive of myself, they've been supportive of the players all season but even to me they were signing my name at the end at Hull which was great, it's a nice feeling."
Read the full interview with Millen: on Pulis, Holloway and his future in issue 38 of FYP - out Saturday December 8th v Cardiff!