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Since the last issue Palace have been part of the managerial merry-go-round and finally got our man in Alan Pardew. What a start it's been, with four wins in four, and we hope issue 42 of FYP will be a winner too.
So, up for sale around the ground and online there is plenty of content to keep you going. As a way of a little apology for the lengthy wait for this issue, we've got even more superb content in a bumper issue. So what is there for you to read?
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Four games; four wins. This isn't the Palace we've come to know and love! And yet here we are, into the fifth round of the cup and staring into a bright, exciting new future.
The FYP pod team re-assemble to look back at the brilliant FA Cup win over Southampton and the return of two-goal Marouane Chamakh.
They also look forward to the visit of Everton and answer your questions.
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Making her debut for FYP, here's Danielle Lowe on what a special young talent Eagles striker Sullay Kaikai is.
It wasn’t that long ago Sullay Kaikai scored his first senior team goal when he was subbed on against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup.
Whilst he might not have cemented his name amongst that many Palace fans he is certainly winning across supporters of Cambridge United. Despite getting subbed off after 55 minutes in their FA Cup fourth round game against Manchester United his performance was at times exceptional.
It is clear Kaikai has a little way to go before he makes it into the starting Palace 11 but he certainly is well on his way. He is one a handful of players that have come through the academy and are developing into club superstars and with a contract until 2018 he has plenty of time to make an impact.
His development though shows we are still good at producing one particular kind of player: wide players. Expect a few exceptions, such as Nathaniel Clyne (who almost fits the description), we seem to specialise in producing fast and pacey wingers.
For a player that stands at six foot tall it comes as a surprise that Kaikai seems to be finding himself at winger more often. Of course he does have the ability to cross the ball and many traits of a winger however he would also fit the role of a tall and pacey striker. It raises a couple of questions in our youth development programme if we are only able to turn most players into wide positioned ones.
Can we not encourage one of these wide players to become a left-back to resolve our constant crisis and just accept that we are never going to successfully buy one. We need to focus on a wider variety of players not only to resolve our own positioning crisis but also to give them the best possible chance of success.
Of course part of the reason Kaikai ended up at Cambridge United was possibly because of him not being offered out for loan until the run up to Christmas (a sign that staff at the club wanted him around to see if he could fit into the squad at the minute) but also he is specialising in a really common position at the minute.
The academy, that has been questioned recently for its production of new players, needs to diversify so the players can make their way into our first team, get better loan opportunities and if needs be can be sold for a more decent sum of money.
With so many wide players already in the starting 11 and regularly on the subs bench let us hope that Kaikai can battle his way into the squad and that 2018 and many years beyond will see him holding the ball up and whipping it in rather than him being sold because of the amount of players we have in that position.
That's four wins from four under Alan Pardew now after a brilliant FA Cup win on his old stamping ground. Here's Mark Gardiner's assessment...
I am not a man who bears grudges – well, I am, but not usually for long – but there was just a hint of payback for 1976 today, especially given the prominence that match was given in the Saints programme. Perhaps it was paying £4 when the original was only 20p... Younger supporters may prefer it as revenge for Boxing Day, especially when the home fans politely enquired where we were on 26 December. The omens weren’t good – the boiler was bust, and last time that happened we lost 3-1 at Pompey in what turned out to be Julian’s last game for some time after deflecting a shot going wide into the net.
Perhaps it was just as well he was rested for Hennessey. Instead we say some breathtaking Palace attacks in the first half, including some passing movements that would not disgrace Messi & Co. At the end of the game discussions took place along the lines of how could Jedi & Bolasie get back into the team, and the sudden burgeoning of attacking talent available, all this with the scorers of last week’s three goals on the bench.
It was a very attacking formation put out by Pardew, with Campbell coming in for Gayle and playing wide right, Wilf switching to the left, and Chamakh replacing Puncheon in the hole in a 4-2-3-1 line-up. It had to be a strong team as Southampton picked their strongest available XI, but the absence of Schneiderlin & Wanyama in midfield was a weakness. Not that Palace took immediate advantage, conceding an early corner that was allowed to drop in the six yard box where Pellé beat Delaney to steer home from close range: an awful goal to concede & one wondered whether Hennessey should have left his line.
Palace’s response was surprisingly swift – on a swift counter Chamakh fed Zaha through the middle; Wilf’s excellent through ball found Sanogo in the box, and while Forster saved his shot he could not hold it, and Chamakh had continued his run and rammed the loose ball home a split second before the keeper could regain possession. Forster was to quickly spill another two shots from Sanogo & Campbell from similar positions on the left side of the box; was the low sun from that quarter a factor for a keeper who’d disdained a cap?
Our delight didn’t last long, Southampton’s second coming between the chances from Sanogo & Campbell mentioned above. Both sides were playing attacking football with full backs pushed up, and Saints certainly exploited the space behind Ward in the first half. This time Zaha was sow to cover, but there didn’t seem any danger as a low cross headed for Hennessey’s arms, only for Dann to slide in and put the ball firmly into his own net. A certain lack of communication between defender & goalie. Palace had to start all over again and, much to our extended surprise, prised open Southampton’s defence again, this time Wilf showed great control of a long clearance and another excellent lay off that Sanogo looked to have put into the corner only for a deflection to aid him by taking Forster out of the equation. No matter – it’s Yaya’s goal and he deserved it.
Both sides’ defensive midfields were playing higher up the pitch than usual and there was so much space for attack & counter-attack. Saints had most of the ball & had two efforts fizz past Hennessey’s right post but Palace looked so dangerous on the break. Imagine if Gayle had started on the left, it would have been an embarrassment of riches. The third goal was the result of excellent interplay between Zaha & Ward down the left, taking out 4 defenders, and Ward’s carefully delivered pass freed Chamakh inside the box; unlike last season Marouane calmly rounded Forster & scored at an angle. Palace had a chance for a fourth with a free kick in stoppage time but it was too close for Sanogo to get the ball over the ball then dip under the bar.
The second half couldn’t keep up the pace. Saints switched to three at the back but Palace started the quicker, and Dann’s free header from Ledley’s corner really should have at least been on target. Zaha was running at the left-sided central defender and causing no end of problems, Chamakh’s touch and work rate were outstanding, while Sanogo quietly played the Cameron Jerome role. The match really changed with two substitutions: Shane Long came on for rumoured transfer target Cork (whose display really didn’t impress) as Saints switched to three up front, while Chamakh, who looked knackered in the first half & was suffering from cramp, was replaced by Puncheon, who didn’t offer the same element of control. Saints started to look dangerous, especially down our left where Kelly seemed to slip over far too often for comfort.
The best move released Long in the box only for a superbly time tackle by Ward to clear the danger; happily it also crocked Long who left the pitch. Saints were never quite the same threat after that, although Hennessey at least had one save to make when tipping over a shot from the edge of the box. There were moments of panic in Palace’s box and Mariappa was introduced as a holding midfielder, a strange choice with Bannan on the bench (McArthur could have dropped deep) but it undoubtedly worked. At the end the home fans were leaving well before we acclaimed our heroes.
Hennessey – 6 – Not a commanding performance and some questions about his role in both Saints’ goals, especially regarding organisation & communication. Had another moment of confusion with Dann late on, and also dropped one cross only to have it bounce back into his hands with no attacker close. Distribution was longer than Julian’s usual but not a great increase in accuracy as we’d hoped. Only had one real save to make when he athletically tipped over a shot from the edge of the box. Not enough to make a case for being first choice yet.
Ward – 7 – Struggled defensively in the first half with balls played in behind him, but was a different story going forward, his part in the third goal was both crucial & excellent. Continued to link well with Zaha all game and made one crucial tackle on Long that had to be made but ran risks of a penalty – his timing & execution was perfect.
Kelly – 6 – Good first half at the back and increasingly made ground attacking in the second, but couldn’t keep his feet in defensive situations, slipping over numerous times.
Delaney – 6 – Beaten by Pellé for the first goal and had some rough moments in the first half. Strangely as Saints looked more dangerous with Long, Damien’s game improved to match the threat.
Dann – 5 – Must sort out his communications with Hennessey: the first goal saw the ball drop over him – was he expecting the keeper to come; the second saw him intercept a ball that Hennessey had covered; and there was some more confusion between them in the second half. Also missed our best chance of the second half with an early free header that was way off target.
Ledley – 7 – Was a hard match to play defensive midfielder with everyone else just on the attack, but Joe had a good solid game and Southampton’s lightweight midfield never gained ascendancy. Corners, especially in the first half, floated into the near post – obviously a planned move but seemed a waste to me.
McArthur – 6 – Quieter game than recently but stuck to his job and made some important interceptions, one challenge late on followed a lung-bursting run back to our corner flag.
Campbell – 6 – Quiet game on the left flank, never the influence that Wilf was (Clyne might have had something to do with that). Did have one chance that Forster saved. Briefly filled in up front when Sanogo went off before being subbed himself.
Zaha – 8 – Played an important role in all three goals, two of them the result of fine control & short passes, the third some close-quarter dribbling and a ball that threaded between two defenders. Worried the hell out of the left side of the Saints’ defence but did blow one great chance on the break, his lay off to Sanogo overplayed.
Chamakh – 8 – So a nice low-key reintroduction to the first team? Absolutely outstanding, his link play with Sanogo & Zaha was brilliant, his control superb, work rate superb, and his ability to hold onto the ball under pressure or nick it away in midfield was important. And scored two goals, one the result of good anticipation, the other good close-control (& no dive over the keeper this time!). The goals tip him as my choice as Man of the Match.
Sanogo – 7 – Another hard working performance mixed with some nice touches. Denied a goal by Forster early on, he deserves the goal that looked to be going in before the deflection. My fears that he’d be a liability are certainly being buried.
Puncheon – 6 – How can you replace Chamakh after that performance? Jason had no chance but he ball did seem to be held up more, perhaps under orders.
Mariappa – 6 – Strange choice for holding midfield substitution but did quite well with some important clearances under late pressure.
Murray – 6 – Late sub for Campbell and looked sharp.
Former Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody has lifted the lid on the text-gate scandal which ended his spell with the Eagles, and denied his close friend Malky Mackay the manager’s job. He speaks exclusively to FYP's Matt Woosnam.
The 40-year-old joined Palace in October 2013, when the club was in the midst of searching for a new manager to replace Ian Holloway who left after a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Fulham. But Moody lasted only 10 months, and he left the club following the leak of alleged sexist, racist and homophobic text messages and emails exchanged between himself and former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay.
Whilst he offered no excuses for his behaviour, he sought to explain the reasons behind it.
He said: “I think football is an intoxicating environment, both as a fan and as someone who works there. It’s a very strange world that I had 10 years of without a break. It’s been quite nice in some ways to devote myself to my kids and my wife in the last four or five months.
“In life most people you meet are good people, there are some who aren’t and never will be. I think good people sometimes do bad things. It doesn’t mean that they are no longer good people and I think everyone has got something you can refer to in your own past to say why did I do that?
“I think we can all look back on experiences of reacting to situations in a particular way and thinking ‘god there’s no way I would do that again’, or even as has happened to me, reading back things and not even recognising that it was me who said them, thinking… and I’m not denying it was me, but that’s unrecognisable and it’s not a reflection of where I am and what I stand for, and the education that I have had; and I don’t mean necessarily formal education but upbringing.
“I’m the father of two young kids at the moment and it’s become the most important thing in my life that there is a proper framework or behaviour and expectation for them to be good people. So there’s a distortion. People get distorted then things that people do are interpreted in a distorted way.”
Moody and Mackay are both subject to investigation from the Football Association following the texts. Proceedings remain active, and he was reluctant to discuss the situation but insisted he was keen to help the FA in any way he could.
He resigned from his position at Selhurst Park, and admits he considered it previously when other issues arose, including the allegations that he had obtained the Cardiff City team sheet prior to Palace’s 3-0 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium in April.
“I was conscious throughout my time at Palace that there were various storms that occurred around me,” he added. “I was conscious throughout my time there, it sounds contrite but the owners had been so good to me from the day I came in. The first day I met Steve [Parish] I was conscious that I didn’t want to be a problem. It’s got nothing to do with Palace really. I said to Steve on many occasions ‘I don’t want this ever to be awkward; if you think that the problem of having me here outweighs the benefit of having me here I will just go’. The story should never be about me, all the people who have done my job well in the past, no-one knows who they are."
He asks me if Dan Ashworth walked in would I recognise him, and although I know who he is talking about, I have to concede I do not know what the director of Elite Development for the FA, and former West Bromwich Albion sporting director looks like.
To emphasise his point, he adds: “Yet he is held up as one of the forebears of doing the job well. Nicky Hammond at Reading has been there for ten years and not many people would recognise him. I don’t ever want to be the story, and I was my own worst enemy in that in some ways, and I would act differently if I did it again now.
“There was kind of an understanding that I’ll just go, I’ll just go. Steve throughout [the previous issues] was like ‘no, no, no, I want you to stay, you’re doing a good job, we need you.’ But that was a little bit there and then. I didn’t want Palace… they were looking for a manager at the time, the season had just started, transfer window open, there was a lot of stuff going on and I had become a story and I didn’t want to be a story that impacted on Palace.
“So as soon as I knew what was going to happen in the press I spoke to Steve and said ‘I will just go’. From this day I will just go and I won’t bother you again, and that’s kind of what happened.”
“I was disappointed [to leave Palace]. I had a 10 fantastic months and I loved all the people. There’s brilliant people everywhere at the club, it’s quirky, it needs a bit of work, a bit of love but they’ve got absolutely the right people doing the right things for the right reasons, and it’s not often I can say that.”
Read the full interview in issue 42 of Five Year Plan, out vs Everton on 31 January and available around the ground at Selhurst Park.
What can we expect from loan signing Yaya Sanogo? Here's Arsenal fan Andy Neary with the lowdown on the French striker...
A lack of striking options had been a concern for Arsenal since the departure of the skunk-haired Dutch one to United in 2012 when the burden fell too hard on Olivier Giroud in his first season in English football. With the likes of Bendtner continuing to disappoint and it unclear if Ju-Young Park was a figment of our imagination, more options up-front were a necessity.
A desperate need of alternatives resulted in the announcement that Arsenal would be signing Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer in the summer of 2013. When this was the only striker Arsene Wenger signed that summer, it was unclear if he had become a parody of himself or had decided to troll the fanbase. Young, French, cheap, unknown and with a questionable injury record, Sanogo felt like possibly the most Wenger signing since he first joined the club. After Sanogo managed to pick up a long-term injury shortly after a brief debut at Fulham, it felt as if he would be yet another to spend longer in the treatment room than on the pitch.
His full debut came as something of a shock. Whether down to off-field events or a need for more mobility in the final third with the likes of Walcott absent, Giroud was left out of the starting line-up at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League knock-out stage. This presented Sanogo with his chance and he was one of the better performers in a promising opening 20 minutes before the gulf in class between the two sides came to the fore.
That game helped highlight some of Sanogo’s qualities. A willing runner with strength and aerial ability, there did seem some reason for positivity about the youngster’s prospects. Unfortunately his subsequent form has served to show some of the weaker elements of his game. Unable to link up play anywhere near as effectively as Giroud, his first touch is often undermined by a foot seemingly shaped like a 50p piece – the ball as likely to spring off into the air as it is remain under his control. However, this has been exasperated by Arsenal’s style of play, where precision is key and may not be as much of an issue for Palace even if Pardiola may be seeking a more expansive style.
Most worrying is his lack of confidence in front of goal, where presentable chances have left him looking like a drunk Bambi on ice as he tries and usually fails to adjust his feet sufficiently to find a finish. The hope is that a run of games for Palace will enable him to relax and start finding his goalscoring boats in English football. Pardew certainly has previous for improving Arsenal youngsters with Alex Song showing a marked improvement when the two worked together at C*******.
Sanogo not scoring goals may be a lazy headline writers dream (Sanogoals for anyone wondering), but as Cameron Jerome showed last season, the right style of player in a system which works can bring a lot to a team even if he’s not sticking them in the back of the net himself. For now, enjoy the prospect of a decent potential signing who fills one of the required areas for Palace, and presents FYP with the opportunity of using the headline Saneagle at least once.
And watch Yaya's first interview at SE25 below...