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Palace team up with Mumbai City FC to find the brightest Indian talent

Palace have announced a deal with Indian side Mumbai City FC that will see promising young Indian footballers get the chance to train with the Eagles.

In a move that basically mirrors the movie Million Dollar Arm where two promising baseball players were plucked from India and pitched to the NBA, Palace will be looking to do the same.

A Palace delegation will head to Mumbai next month to oversee a trial of the best young talent in the region. 

The 12 most promising youngsters will then be invited to show their skills at the weekend event in front of thousands of spectators and the winner will be invited back to London.

Mumbai City FC is one of the leading clubs in the newly established league. Co-owned by Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and business colleague Bimal Parekh, the team is coached by former England midfielder Peter Reid, who can call upon ex-Premier League stars, Freddie Ljunberg and Nicolas Anelka, in his squad.

It's an interesting move from Palace, no doubt keen to tikka chance to improve their image overseas. It would be great to find some good Indian talent too; particularly one with a good pasander shot as well as a decent korma taker. 


[Video] Palace Fan TV: Jim and Jay's post Liverpool thoughts

And now for something different. We've teamed up with The Eagles Beak and Palace Fan TV for a new regular video.

FYP leader, friend and all-round legend Jim Daly plonked himself down with a camera to splurge out his thoughts after the 3-1 win over Livepool

Jay Crame, from the excellent site The Eagles Beak, has done the same and the whizzkids over at Palace Fan TV have cobbled it together into a sexy little video.

Jim and Jay are going to be doing the same each week after games with their initial reaction to what unfolds on the pitch.

Here's the first video after Sunday's memorable win over the Reds - not a bad way to kick off the series! Watch it below!

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to Palace Fan TV to ensure that you do not miss an episode and leave your thoughts in the comments section under the video. 


FYP Podcast 120 - Liverpool review and Swansea preview

Footballlll! Wow, what a game on Sunday night. Palace yet again causing Liverpool more pain at Selhurst.

The FYP pod team assemble super quick after the game to chat about the Eagles' 3-1 win over the Reds.

They also chat about why Mile Jedinak is amazing, but Scott Dann is also great and why it's time to cut Neil Warnock some slack.

Oh, and JD is back hosting again so there's also terrible intros forgetting to mention the sponsor and long, rambling outros.

They also look forward to a big ol trip to Swansea at the weekend.

Click on one of the link below to download!

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Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool: Ratings and analysis from Selhurst Park

What. A. Result! Here's a very happy Mark Gardiner.

A major shot in the arm for supporters, players & manager as Liverpool’s surprisingly poor recent record at Selhurst Park continued. Let’s be honest – this is not a vintage Liverpool side: Without Sturridge they resemble gin & tonic without the tonic; without Suarez it’s the whole glass that is missing. Whereas Jedinak’s career appears to be approaching its zenith, Gerrard’s is in terminal decline. But who cares? We’ve lived through enough Scouse beatings with fives, sixes and the odd nine thrown in, so the pleasure is only slightly diluted. 

No change in tactics by Warnock, although Kelly came in for Mariappa (injured / ill?) with a point to prove against his old club. Jedinak was unsurprisingly restored to central midfield, while finally Gayle was given his chance up front in place of Campbell to continue his vendetta against Mignolet. Perhaps more surprising was that both wingers kept their places despite underwhelming showings at Old Trafford with Wilf available; I personally would have picked Zaha ahead of an obviously jet-lagged Bolasie... There is probably a good reason why I’m at a keyboard and not in the manager’s seat!

Still, the start couldn’t have gone much better, could it? Palace, like most defences these days, usually only have one out-&-out striker to watch, and with Liverpool playing Lambert on his own we adopted a standard zonal approach to marking. Being a Palace fan I was pessimistic about their strikers’ lack of form – Mario would prove his abilities at last, Sturridge returning to full fitness – but Lambert worried me, as he does have a scoring record against us. He proved one of my fears to be well founded by drifting wide, outside the orbit of the central defenders, and Kelly was caught out by a long ball; Lambert’s control & finish were immaculate.

With such an early blow how would the team respond? Well, it took some time, with some of the early passing being poor, particularly from Jedinak & Chamakh, and early efforts from Puncheon & Kelly were either too weak or too wayward. What was noticeable was how much Liverpool’s full backs pushed on – well, one was Johnson, and wouldn’t you want him as far away from your own area as possible? – leaving the two central defenders protected only by Gerrard; in short square & slow. Bolasie was already threatening trouble and only some good desperate defending from Manquillo kept their right flank attached.

Ward was finding some fine passes with the outside of hit boot. When the goal came it was well-worked. Ledley & Bolasie combined in midfield with Yannick coming off his wing, and as he ran at a slight angle Gayle crossed behind him into the inside left channel; Bolasie’s shot was typical of his & our luck this season, smashing against the post, but (as at Newcastle) Gayle was alert and although his instinctive shot was directed at Mignolet the keeper was unable to deflect the ball wide.

The partnership of Gayle & Chamakh hadn’t really worked last season and so far they weren’t gelling here. Gayle’s pace was a latent threat without really creating an opening, but while Bolasie was ripping the right-side defence to shreds that didn’t really matter. He forced Mignolet into a decent save, then a break ending with a wonderful 1-2 with Puncheon saw him just denied by a brave block from Manquillo, before he drove another shot just wide. In return all Liverpool could offer was a couple of off-target headers by Lambert, although Delaney limped off as a casualty.

One-all at half time and Palace didn’t start too shabbily in the second, with Bolasie again being the main threat as we looked to counter-attack. Chamakh came more into the game and now his link play with Gayle was much improved, with Skrtel deservedly booked for a tough challenge on Marouane. One excellent opportunity appeared to have been lost when a 3-on-2 break was apparently ruined by Puncheon’s pass being too hard hit, but Gayle managed to retrieve the situation and his cross just eluded Bolasie on the far post.

 Perhaps it was the rain, with the pitch losing a little bounce, but with about a quarter of the game to run Liverpool started to monopolise possession. Their small men, Sterling & Coutinho, started to be an influence on the play, and it took some scrambled defence to keep them out, although Manquillo missed an excellent chance (did Bolasie for once fail to track back?). Strange then that Palace would manage to inflict two body blows inside about 3 minutes, both goals bearing an element of self-infliction topped with excellent skill.

First Mignolet booted a free kick straight into touch; from the throw in Bolasie, having just swapped wings after Puncheon had been withdrawn, flicked the ball over Lovren’s head, leaving the man on the floor, and laying off an excellent cross that Ledley finished from about 12 yards. Then Skrtel, whose passion for swapping shirts in play would make even Balotelli blush, conceded a free kick in the perfect position; it still took a finish of quite exquisite quality to put the ball in the one square yard of space the keeper could not cover.

With McArthur on for Puncheon, Warnock now withdrew Bolasie for Bannan, in case Liverpool tried to storm the ramparts, but it was still Palace who looked the most likely to score. The Scousers were reduced to long shots from Gerrard (I don’t think he’s even won a game here), one of which came from a Hangeland body-check on Sterling that earned a booking. Julian hadn’t a save to make in the second half apart from a couple of impressive catches and the game was closed out quite securely. So kudos not just to the team but also to the manager, whose team selection was spot on and whose substitutions were simple & effective.

Ratings:

Speroni – 6 – Very underemployed today, had no chance with Lambert’s goal then never had a shot or header to save. Flapped at one corner, had a scramble at a forward’s feet with one low cross, and made two impressive catches late on. Was his long clearance that earned the foul for the third goal.

Kelly – 6 – Was caught napping by Lambert inside two minutes for their goal, and his first attacking contribution was a shot that nearly found the gap between the Whitehorse & Old Stands. His day did improve though and he contributed to a defence that kept the opposition at arms’ length, as well as the odd counter.

Ward – 7 – Quietly impressive on both back & front foot, some excellent passing and also showed some promise as a corner taker (hopefully we never see Yannick allowed near the flag ever again!). 

Dann – 7 – Does his job with quiet professionalism and didn’t seem pressured by Lambert.

Delaney – 5 – Perhaps it was his injury that saw him caught out by Lambert for a far post header, but he limped off immediately.

Ledley – 8 – For a player I think has lost a bit of pace he had a quiet influence on the game, helping shut out Lallana & Coutinho, but also helped set up Bolasie’s run for the first goal, then trundled into the perfect position to finish the crucial second. 

Jedinak – 8 – For a long stretch he bossed a midfield including England players past & present. His passing could still be a little unreliable – witness that ridiculous free kick when with several players up he wastes it by putting the ball in the top corner! Trying to think of a better free kick by a Palace player at Selhurst (for some reason finishes against Millwall by Otulakowski, Granville & Watson come fondly to mind...) but it was a different type of quality compared to Ambrose’s thunderbolt against Villa.

Puncheon – 6 – Did some excellent defensive work up against Glen Johnson, but never quite clicked in a creative way, although did lay off a delicious short ball to set up a chance for Bolasie.

Bolasie – 8 – All that was missing was a goal, and only the width of a post denied him. Set up two goals, had a duel with Manquillo that he won on points, and always had their defenders looking worriedly over their right shoulders.

Chamakh – 7 – Worked hard, relatively ineffectual in the first half, but really came to life in the second, and the partnership with Gayle looks promising (although not every defence will be that square).

Gayle – 7 – His pace worried Liverpool, both in action and potential, and although he didn’t have many chances, he did show a striker’s touch for the vital equaliser, as well as an excellent run off the ball. Worked hard for others as well.

Subs: 

Hangeland – 6 – Substitute for Delaney and provided a solid shield – too solid for Sterling, earning him a caution.

McArthur – 6 – Came on just before the second goal and helped close the game out. 

Bannan – 6 – Late sub who played much the same role as McArthur. 


 

Neil Warnock wants Palace to invoke the spirit of Crystanbul against Liverpool

Palace boss Neil Warnock wants to rekindle the memories of 'Crystanbul' as Palace take on Liverpool on Sunday.

Palace ended Liverpool's title hopes in May by coming back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with just 11 minutes left - in a game that handed Manchester City the glory.

Warnock is hoping for more of the same when the Reds roll into South London on Sunday afternoon.

“I watched that 3-3 game again last week and it was amazing, Liverpool could have been 7-0 ahead because [Luis] Suarez had so many chances, it was so exciting and a great game, it’s why we love football,” he told reporters on Friday.

“Our defence will have to put in another convincing display like they did at Manchester United, that is vital – but we also need to create a bit more ourselves, it is all about finding that happy medium.”

MEMORIES: We relive that glorious night at Selhurst 

He added: “We’re not daft. We know we are going to have to play extremely well, but with a fantastic atmosphere behind us, we can give them a game.”

Mile Jedinak is back from a one-game band while James McArthur could feature despite pulling out of Scotland's internationals this week with a calf injury.

Warnock added: “James is doing some light running, but we will have to wait and see how he gets on. 

“We have an extra day due to playing on Sunday, so there is every chance he’ll make the squad.”

PREVIEW: Palace vs Liverpool team news and stats

Meanwhile, Warnock has told let-back Zeki Fryers to wait his turn. The former Manchester United youngster arrived from Spurs for £3m in August but has struggled for acion.

"Joel [Ward] is the best player in that position at the moment," Warnock added. 

"It's difficult to take it off him. It's an area I am pleased with at the back. We have to get clean sheets to progress and that is what we will try to do in coming weeks."


 

Crystal Palace youngsters finding their feet with newlyfound togetherness

Football has a danger of being too focussed on outstanding individuals' talents occasionally to the detriment of the team, but Crystal Palace U18 boss Ken Gillard has built up a superb relationship with his young players.

Despite the prodigious talents of front men Corie Andrews and Andre Coker shining through, it has been the regrouping of the players into a team who work for each other, instead of separately, that has seen the side put together an impressive run of results and performances.

A 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea two weeks ago was identified the green shoots of recovery for a new start for the team. It was a more accomplished performance as a group, despite the result.

Will Hoare and Michael Phillips marshalled the centre of the park excellently, expending significant energy linking defence and attack on several occasions, albeit without complete success; whilst Ryan King-Elliot, Matty George, Christian Scales and Jamahl Howlett-Mundle protected Ollie Pain's goal. Corie Andrews, Elliot List, Aaron Bissaka and Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong were responsible for Palace's attacking threat.

The Eagles had only tasted victory in two out of their opening 10 matches, although an entertaining 4-4 draw with Huddersfield and 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest showed signs of encouragement. 

However, a 7-0 drubbing of Barnsley ended a run of three defeats and proved just the tonic required to put some disappointing results behind them. 

Young centre midfielder Michael Phillips spoke about the togetherness of the team, instilled by Gillard, after the defeat to Swansea.

"I feel like the boys are getting together now," he told FYP.

"At the start of the season we weren’t playing as a team but I feel like we’re close to being on a run.

"We all came together as a unit, at the start of the season we were working as individuals but Ken sorted it out and changed some things and we started working as a team, we went out on the pitch and showed we could beat any team."

It seems as though that hard work and team spirit began to reap rewards, as they travelled to league leaders Brentford last week, recording a mightily impressive 3-1 win, before thumping bottom of the table Colchester United 7-2 earlier today.

A hat-trick from the aforementioned Phillips saw him into double figures for the season, notching his 9th, 10th and 11th goals of the season, and there is surely more to come from the midfielder.

All of this on the back of a superb showing in the Premier League U17 International Tournament, where draws against Italian giants Juventus and eventual winners Tottenham brought attention to the youngsters, with the Turin side inviting the Eagles back to Italy they were so impressed.

Ken Gillard has transformed the fortunes of the U18s since taking over from Des Bulpin's dire tenure in the middle of last season.

Good things lie ahead for this group, some inevitably will not make it, such is the harsh nature of football, but for now the togetherness is there and they can develop at a significant pace.


 

Mile Jedinak: Crystal Palace fans are amazing

Gawd! Tell us something we don't know, Mile!

Palace captain Mile Jedinak reckons Palace fans are just god darn top notch.

In other news; sky still blue ad Pope still Catholic.

Ahead of Palace's Sunday clash with Liverpool, the Eagles skipper has told the club's official website he things the Red and Blue Army were particularly good in last season's comeback to 3-3 against the Reds - a game delightfully dubbed 'Crystanbul'.

"You can't help but look back to the incredible game when they were last here in May, and for me the last 15 or 20 minutes of that game obviously stick out as my main memories of that evening.

"We were seemingly dead and buried for large parts of that game but feeling the surge of energy around the stadium after we got two goals in quick succession was amazing. "

"To cap it off with an equaliser and seeing what sort of impression that left on Selhurst afterwards was even better as the fans were right behind us for the whole game, showing what we've been about since being back in the Premier League.

"We've been backed by amazing support since then and it was great that the whole world got to witness that as well, and hopefully they will again on Sunday."

MEMORIES: Remembering 'Crystanbul'

That was a game that derailed Liverpool's title chances and Jedinak wants Palace to go one better this time around, claiming his team will be looking to win.

"We test ourselves against quality opposition all year round but when we play the bigger teams we tend to live for the occasion and this game is no different. We'll be doing everything to try and get something from it."


 

Julian Speroni Testimonial: Crystal Palace keeper Q&A event announced

Julian Speroni isn't just having a testimonial match; he's having a testimonial YEAR! Like a total boss. And the first even of that whole year of Speroni celebrations is a Q&A session in January.

The event at the Fairfield Halls, titled 'The Gloves Are Off' is on Tuesday January 20th at 7.30pm.

We personally reckon he should keep his gloves on for the entire thing. Just in case anyone happens to have any footballs on them.

It's £15 per ticket which are already selling fast and can be bought from the Fairfield Halls box office

Perfect Christmas present for any Jules fans out there - which, let's face it, we all are. 

So get your ticket now folks! We will and we'll see you there!