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Mile Jedinak not too bothered about being rated the fifth best player in Europe

Mile Jedinak isn't one to pay attention to stats - even if they paint him as the best player in the Premier League at the moment.

Online fantasy football game Oulala has the Palace captain ranked as the leading midfielder in Europe and the best-performed English Premier League player with 397 points - 77 more than his nearest rival, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Montpellier’s Victorino Hilton ahead of him in terms of performances this season.

But the laid back Aussie isn't too bothered with such things.

"It’s nice to hear these things but people will compile different stats and take what they want from it," he said.

"For me, it's just about going out and trying to better myself with each game, rather than worrying too much about statistics.

"When you break things down into stats I don’t know if it's always the right way to look at things. 

"Sure, it's becoming more prominent and rightly so in some ways, but the way I have been brought up it's about doing your utmost in different situations on the field.

"You might have a great game but your stats might not be so good. I am not saying it's irrelevant but it's not the whole story.

 "It's great that people take notice and recognise me … but I never go out into a match thinking about trying to improve my stats."

Jedinak has topped the charts for the most tackles made this season already and was one of the best players in the top flight in terms of blocks last season as Palace managed to stay up.

This season he's already managed three goals, one assist, 24 clearances, 34 tackles and 32 interceptions. 

But he's certainly not getting too carried away by it. "I am certainly not getting too carried away by it," he added. "

"There is another game around the corner against Sunderland and that's all I am really concerned with.

"I am happy to accept it but really it's about hard work and doing the best for your team. 

"I am just happy to contribute whenever I can, whether it's a goal or helping out in any which way.

"Right now, though, I would much rather swap my goals for a few more points."

Next up for Jedinak and Palace is the visit of Sunderland in another must-win clash for Neil Warnock's Eagles.

Jedi added: "We are looking to gather a bit of momentum but right now not many teams are really on a run and the table is pretty congested.

"We are only a win away from being in mid-table and it's still early days with the season only a quarter of the way through. We just want to get some consistency going, sooner rather than later."


West Brom angry with Julian Speroni after he claims Craig Dawson elbowed him intentionally

West Brom have released a statement claiming to be angry with Palace keeper Julian Speroni for his comments after Saturday's 2-2 draw at the hawthorns.

The Argentinean was clattered by Baggies defender Crag Dawson with an elbow to the head as Victor Anichebe scored with the score at 2-0 to the Eagles.

No foul was given and West Brom went on to find a late equaliser as Speroni was subbed off and after the game he claimed Dawson intended to injure him and that he'd received no apology.

"After the game on the way home I managed to watch it back and that's when I realised how bad it was," Speroni told the Croydon Advertiser. 

"I am really disappointed with the whole situation – I can't understand how he got away with it really. The guy who scored (Anichebe), he did nothing wrong, he was backing off to me and it was a normal challenge.

"There has been no apology from him and it disappoints me.

"Ben Foster came to me to see how I was and also Dean Kiely (West Brom goalkeeper coach), but I was expecting something from the guy."

In response, Albion released a statement in which manager Alan Irvine defended Dawson.

“We are extremely disappointed by these comments,” he said.

“The simple fact is Craig was only focused on winning the ball and has no case to answer.

“The challenge was seen at the time by the match officials and they clearly reached the same decision. Anyone who knows Craig knows him to be a totally honest player.

“Our club is at the forefront of raising awareness about head injuries and would never take lightly such a matter. To suggest there was any malice in Craig’s challenge is entirely wrong.”


 

FYP Podcast 117 - West Brom, Sunderland and Craig Dawson's elbow

The FYP pod team have calmed down from Saturday's WRESTLEMANIA at The Hawthorns and are ready to talk about it.

 The reconvene at FYP Towers (AKA Kevin's dining room) to chat about the 2-2 draw at West Brom and, of course, Craig Dawson's PEOPLE'E ELBOW on Julian Speroni.

They also look forward to Monday night's clash with Sunderland and chat about the possible takeover at Palace.

They also answer your Facebook messages and tweets.

So join Andy Street Kevin Day and Matt Woosnam for an hour of CPFC chat.

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Crystal Palace youngster could earn loan move with impressive performances

Crystal Palace Academy Manager Gary Issott has suggested that young starlet Mandela Egbo could earn himself a loan move this season after some excellent early performances for the club's U21 side. 


The right-back only turned 17 last month but has already made the step up to the U21 side at Palace, having broken into the club’s U18 side as a 15-year-old, and Issott has been impressed with the youngster’s performances.

“Mandela has done really well and we’re absolutely delighted with him and how he performed.”

The England U18 full-back is highly regarded amongst the coaching staff at Selhurst Park and it is understood that a professional contract is likely to be offered in the coming weeks to stave away any interest from other clubs and keep Egbo with the Eagles.

He went close to scoring on several occasions during the U21s' 3-1 victory over Brentford last night, with some rasping long range efforts narrowly heading over the crossbar. 

Issott added: “He’s a very good prospect at the minute and as long as he stays focussed and fit Mandela’s going to have a very good chance of staying in the 21s and also there may be some interest from clubs for a loan move.”


Mile Jedinak the fifth best performing player in Europe this season. No, really!

Mile Jedinak for PFA Player of the Year? Really? Well the way he's playing quite possibly. Read on to see why.

The midfielder is currently the fifth best performing player in Europe this season. With a detailed scoring matrix sourced directly from Opta, fantasy football game Oulala pay as much recognition to defensively minded midfielders like Jedinak as they do to fancy strikers who score 20 goals a season. 

Over the big five European Leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1) only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon and Montpellier's Vitorino Hilton better Jedinak in terms of performance levels this season and in the Premier League Jedinak is in a class of his own.

The Australian currently sits top of the EPL charts with 397 points. To put this into context those behind him are struggling to keep up and the chasing pack includes some pretty big names such as Eden Hazard (320), Diego Costa (315), Leighton Baines (312) and Angel Di Maria (282). 

Jedinak also sits top of Europe's midfielder charts with PSG's Lucas Moura his closest challenger on 357 points. 

Jedinak's three goals, one assist, twenty-four clearances, thirty-four tackles and thirty-two interceptions emphasise just how well he is playing this season. 

Last season Jedinak was the sixth best player in European football according to Oulala and the third best player in the Premier League behind only Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard. With the points scoring matrix developed from Opta performance statistics just why is Jedinak not receiving the recognition he rightly deserves?

Managers on Oulala most certainly are recognising our player. Last weekend a massive 52% of them picked the midfielder making him the second most selected player behind Ricardo Rodriguez of Wolfsburg and more popular than both Ronaldo and Messi. And he didn't disappoint picking up a very healthy 49 points thanks to a goal, winning 10 duels and making 3 successful interceptions against West Bromwich Albion. 

Oulala is a free to play, weekly European fantasy football game offering cool prizes to it's top three managers every week. Oulala offers unique features such as a diverse scoring matrix and live in-play substitutions making it the closest fantasy football has ever got to reality. To register click here https://www.oulala.com/en/register


 

Neil Warnock reckons Crystal Palace owners should 'snap US investor's hand off'

Palace boss Neil Warnock reckons the club's owners should "snap the hand off" potential American investor Josh Harris.

Harris - who owns NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers - is reportedly close to completing a deal to buy the Eagles from current owners CPFC2010.

It's a familiar feeling for Warnock having been at Leeds and QPR when they were taken over - and reckons it would be a good move for the Eagles.

"Yes, because it's happened many times," he said.

"At Leeds it happened, at QPR there was a takeover and now Palace.

"But it is difficult for managers now. Every club would love a billionaire. There are not that many about - you have to snap their hand off.

"It must be lovely, but it brings a different kind of pressure, to be able to spend millions and get top players.

"It must be brilliant for any manager to spend millions and get to work with players like [Diego] Costa.

"I don't really know what a billionaire could do for Palace - I have only been here six weeks. You'd better ask the chairman. There are not a lot of billionaires in Yorkshire."

He added: "I came along to Palace to help them out really. They had lost their manager at a difficult stage of the season, so it has been nice to steady the ship.

"We have a good group of players here. I am going to make sure I enjoy it."


West Brom 2-2 Crystal Palace: Ratings and analysis from The Hawthorns

A frustrating end to what looked a promising day in the West Midlands. Here's Mark Gardiner's appraisal. 

An always interesting game in which the two halves mirrored each other, with relatively early goals from corners and stoppage time penalties, and which on the balance of play ended up with on the face of it a fair result, but where key refereeing decisions cost Palace dearly. Perhaps the clue is in the name – Clatter-burg.

Our defensive record away from home, despite some good individual performances, is looking pretty shocking with two goals a game conceded almost a given, although perhaps the organisation today can be excused a little confusion with two stand-in central defenders. Again we defended too deep for my liking

Neil Warnock sent out a pretty attacking looking unit, with Chamakh in for McArthur in the hole, Zaha replacing Puncheon and Mariappa coming in a centre back for the suspended Delaney. Although West Brom started with plenty of the ball, they were playing exceptionally narrow in midfield; there was no width except that provided by the two full backs, unless Sessegnon or Berahino pulled wide. This meant both Palace wingers had to do a lot of tracking back as our full backs were drawn inside to help the outnumbered centre, and the middle of the pitch was very congested.

It was Bolasie, starting on the left, who provided Palace’s first attacking moments, first choosing to twist when a first time shot looked the obvious option as he cut inside, then a shot hit the side netting. Zaha was quieter to start with but soon started to torment left back Pocognoli and set in play the sequence of events that led to our first goal. He won a free kick wide right, and Ledley’s far post delivery saw Campbell’s looping header turned over the bar by Foster. From the corner Hangeland, at the second attempt, bundled the ball home; most of us were just shocked that Yannick had delivered a decent corner!

Speroni was soon forced into a smart save, turning over Gardner’s shot from distance, but then appeared to flap at a corner and was bailed out by his defence; his vehement claims that his shirt was being tugged were proven valid on replay but there was a suspicion of an old weakness at the time, as he was later glad to find a curling effort from Brunt drift past the far post.

Palace however were proving dangerous on the counter-attack, a Bolasie cross just evading a stretching Campbell, before Zaha went down on the edge of the box; as no one seemed concerned at the time & there were no protests we made nothing of it at the time, but it was probably the most cast-iron of penalties. Bolasie was now tearing down the right, and was soon played in by a through ball from Chamakh only to be brought down by Pocognoli; Jedinak’s penalty kick was clinically despatched.

Albion mad a switch at half time removing Sessegnon for Anichebe; at the time I thought this would play in our favour with a more straightforward physical style instead of clever touches around the box, which just shows why I’m typing this report out and not challenging Jose & Arsene for Manager of the Season! However, unlike last week, Palace did start the second half well, Campbell being played in by Chamakh only to be flagged offside before Wilf won a corner.

Sadly Ledley & Bolasie, with Hangeland & Jedinak waiting in the middle, decided upon a short corner which led to Bolasie losing possession and the defence forced to retreat; still disorganised they allowed Berahino a shot that Speroni turned past the far post. Sadly this was Julian’s penultimate act in the game as from the subsequent corner his head met Dawson’s flying elbow at the same time as his attempted punch bounced off Anichebe’s head into the net.

From 100+ yards away this could not be discerned, but that Julian was prone on the deck & needed several minutes of treatment before even sitting up made it surprising that the goal was allowed to stand. [On later viewing strangely that might have been the correct decision, although Dawson should have received a caution at least, as contact was made after Julian had missed his punch, but most rational people would expect the goal would not stand.] Julian insisted he was fine to carry on but Warnock, perhaps for tactical reasons, decided he should be replaced by Hennessey, making his Palace Premier League debut, and as an ex-Wolves player not the most popular man in Smethwick.

Palace took this setback in their stride, a Bolasie cross just eluding Wilf at the far post, but soon we began that familiar retreat into our own half, restricting us to long range raids lacking support from the midfield or full backs, allowing West Brom to push men deep. We were nearly caught asleep at a free kick, Dorrans’s effort swinging just wide.

In order to add a little more defensive ability with Puncheon in place of Zaha’s more inconsistent brilliance, and the sub soon set up Bolasie only for Yannick’s shot to lack any venom. Gardner seized on a weak clearance from Ward and struck the top of the bar from distance, and Berahino really should have taken advantage of another moment’s hesitation from Mariappa but shot well over after an initial effort was blocked. Guédioura came on for Chamakh: he would waste a good break with a poor shot but nearly played in Campbell. Bolasie again switched to the middle with Campbell going wide right but it didn’t work. However it would be another series of individual errors that led to Albion’s stoppage-time equaliser.

Puncheon had three alternatives when attempting a break from deep inside our half: he could thump the ball well away from danger (the best option); he could seek to turn outside his man (if he lost possession it would be up against the by-line); or he could try to turn inside, lose possession in a dangerous position and see the ball played inside the box to Anichebe... (Guess which option Jason chose.) Might have been a foul but the WBA player could hardly disappear. It looked like half the Palace team were diving in on Anichebe, and Jedinak was ruled to have brought the striker down. Hennessey almost made himself a hero but Berahino’s spot kick was struck just too hard & too accurately. Both sides looked to seize the winner in the few minutes remaining but neither came close. The relegation odds on us are getting shorter with each week.

MORE: What did a Baggies fan make of the game?

Ratings:

Speroni – 6 – Two good saves but did appear flustered under crosses after that first shirt-pull; Dawson’s elbow does a good job of distracting from Julian’s weak punch that had already gifted Anichebe a goal, although no keeper should be permitted to face that kind of assault.

Kelly – 7 – Strong showing in the first half when he often had to move inside but kept aware of runs from their left back. Had a harder time in the second when West Brom tried to move the ball wider but stuck to his tack well.

Ward – 6 – Was caught napping early on by Sessegnon, and later made a poor clearance that Dorrans nearly profited from, but in between played well, helped that the only real attacking threat was their right back Wisdom.

Hangeland – 7 – Thought a good solid performance, not embarrassed by Berahino’s pace as I’d feared, and none of those mistakes that had proven costly in earlier appearances. Made some important headed clearances and one crucial block of a goal bound effort. Took his goal well, reacting faster than several defenders. One concern – has he found Lee Sinnott’s head? I just ask as for a big man his standing headers are often awful in their direction.

Mariappa – 7 – Apart from one aberration in the second half when he tried to be too clever and was caught on the ball Adrian had a good game, restricting West Brom mostly to shots from distance.

Jedinak – 7 – Scored a penalty & conceded one, which might just have been a bad decision but going to ground in the box invites trouble; it might have invited a second yellow too. Apart from that put in a strong showing, winning plenty of ball, but again dropped deeper as the game went on.

Ledley – 6 – Does a lot of good work unnoticed. Excellent free kick in the events that led to the first goal. Sadly chose the wrong option from a corner that set in chain the sequence leading to WBA’s first.

Bolasie – 7 – Excellent first half, always dangerous, providing an assist for the first goal with pin-point accuracy from a corner (surely the last thing Foster was expecting) then winning the penalty. Slightly blotted his copybook in the second, losing possession allowing WBA to set up the attack that led to their first goal. Didn’t supply the same outlet in the second half in part as the midfield was often deep but nearly set up efforts for Campbell & Zaha, and provided a weak shot when well placed.

Zaha – 6 – Quiet game, only winning a dangerous free kick that Palace would ultimately profit from, and then being tripped for what should have been the first penalty. Still managed to give both Wisdom & Pocognoli nightmares while not at his best. Also helped out Kelly down the right, covering their advanced left back’s runs and winning the odd defensive challenge. As Palace fell back he saw less of the ball & was withdrawn.

Chamakh – 7 – Showed his class when setting Bolasie free to win his penalty and generally held the ball up well, something we have missed. Faded in the second half perhaps through lack of match fitness.

Campbell – 6 – Worked hard, earning a thump across the head from Lescott, but was denied any real chances, just failing to meet an excellent Bolasie cross in the first half then just caught offside when played in early in the second. Another looping header won the corner for Hangeland’s goal.

Subs:

Hennessey – 6 – Only had one cross to take, which he juggled & caught at the second attempt. Can’t remember a save and perhaps needs to grow a few inches to save penalties like Berahino’s.

Puncheon – 6 – Came on and was immediately influential, making chances down both flanks. Sadly helped throw away two points with poor decision making when deep in his own half.

Guédioura – 5 – Sadly missed a good late chance to make it 3-1, very similar to one he missed in the Cup game earlier this year. Had some good touches but didn’t provide that little extra security we needed.


 

Are Crystal Palace set for an American takeover?

Crystal Palace could be set for a change in ownership after almost four-and-a-half years under CPFC2010, with US business news website Bloomberg claiming that talks are underway with an American businessman.

Bloomberg claims a deal is close to being struck between CPFC2010 and Joshua Harris, who co-founded Apollo Global Management LLC. 

The American is estimated to be worth $2.7bn, and last year was ranked the 654th richest man, and bought NBA team Philadelphia 76ers as part of a consortium for $280m in 2011, also acquiring Ice Hockey team New Jersey Devils in 2013 for $320m.

The 49-year-old is also a former wrestler, but prefers to spend his time as Senior Managing Director of Apollo, whilst also partaking in Marathons and triathlons.

He was rumoured to be interested in purchasing Charlton Athletic and, this summer, Aston Villa but no bid was made.   

It remains to be seen whether Harris is set to take the ownership of Crystal Palace, but CPFC2010 has always said if the right bidder came along they would consider selling the club, having been reluctant owners in June 2010. 

The Mirror is reporting that Palace claim to know nothing about the prospective takeover.