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FYP Podcast 112 - Burnley, Everton and dipping chips in fried eggs

Pod ahoy! More disappointment for Palace after a goalless draw with Burnley so plenty for the FYP lads to dissect.

The podcast team are here to chat about Julian Speroni's late penalty save and Wilfried Zaha and Neil Warnock's return to Selhurst Park.

Matt Woosnam also joins the team to update us on the CPFC youth teams and those youngsters to look out for. 

They also answer your Facebook messages and tweets.

So join Jim Daly, Kevin Day, James Endeacott and Matt Woosnam for 50 minutes of CPFC chat.


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Crystal Palace 0-0 Burnley: Analysis and ratings from Selhurst Park

A disappointing display for Palace but a result that could have been worse! Here's Mark Gardiner's report...

On paper Palace’s squad today was perhaps the strongest it has ever been in the top flight in terms of depth. Against us probably the weakest squad in the Premier League this season. Yet, just as we did last season in similar circumstances, Burnley provided hard-working & well-organised opposition and, instead of blowing a chance to record a first win, Palace dodged a bullet thanks to one moment of goalkeeping brilliance.

Warnock’s first selection post-transfer window was intriguing. It looked like he chose to follow the 4-2-3-1 formation that has served us so well, but there were some interesting choices, not least of which was to keep Mariappa at right back and return Ward to left back. With a proper left back on the bench in Fryers and another right back in Kelly this appeared odd; I can only guess that Warnock, having selected an attack lacking much height, was concerned about defending set pieces and sought security of another centre back in those situations. New signing McArthur joined Jedinak in the middle, with Puncheon on the right and the returning Zaha on the left, Bolasie dropping to the bench. Gayle retained his position up front while Campbell looked to play as the support striker where he’d replaced Chamakh at St. James’s Park.

As against West Ham Palace started brightly, finding plenty of encouragement down the flanks. Early on Mike Dean proved how good a referee he is by missing a blatant handball in the box from a cross from the right; his invertebrate of a linesman followed suit. A decent short corner move set up a chance for Delaney, and from the following corner a chance was worked at the far post for Dann, whose header kissed the face of the bar. Further opportunities beckoned for Puncheon & Campbell, but the best two fell to Gayle, whose shot was too hurried and too high, and inevitably to Zaha, who opened up the right side of the defence but shot straight at Heaton, the bouncing ball nearly ending up in the net off a defender. Had we known that would be about the last save the Clarets’ keeper would have to make we would have laughed it off derisively as some of our football had a real snap to it.

Burnley swiftly adapted, ensuring that Zaha & Puncheon were always faced with at least two defenders, and took the practical step of seeking to cut off supplies to our wingers at source. With Campbell unable to match Chamakh’s abilities midfield possession slipped away, and for most of the first half Burnley had the edge in both possession and territory. Their limitations were exposed as they could do little with this – if I recall correctly there was barely an effort on Speroni’s goal even if there were some worrying moments. Palace’s problems commenced with poor distribution from the back, not aided by a midfield that was often outnumbered as Burnley pushed up and denied us space. The long ball was played, occasionally successfully when it found space behind the defence for Gayle, Campbell or the wingers to exploit, but more often finding our diminutive strike force being beaten in the air by Burnley’s strong central defenders.

The interval didn’t improve matters much. Zaha was starved of possession, not helped by Ward failing to offer his usual support to the attack; on the other flank Puncheon often looked dangerous, perhaps because he did gain support from Mariappa. Jedinak’s game started to deteriorate, with the exception of one exquisite pass to set Wilf free. Burnley seemed to gain in confidence and started to pose a more effective threat; their first chance was a good one, created by an awful pass from Jedinak, but the shot hit the side netting thanks to some closing down work from Delaney, who was to make a number of important interceptions. McArthur had a shot that curled just too high & too wide, while a set piece header across the box (by Delaney or a defender) nearly saw Gayle sliding in at the far post. Speroni had to make two routine saves, one looking spectacular & the other mundane, but looked dodgy in coming for two crosses in a matter of minutes and failing to reach either of them.

Gradually the cast was changed, with Doyle replacing the ineffectual Campbell, and later Williams coming on for Gayle, the latter at least sparking some interest with his willingness to run with the ball at defenders, but perhaps the most important substitution was one that was not made: Jedinak appeared to pick up an injury but – according to Warnock – Ledley injured himself in the dug-out (I can sense a theme here...) and they couldn’t withdraw the captain given how much his presence would be missed in midfield. Actually Jedi’s day would grow worse as he picked up a yellow card and began to concede possession far too easily. The last throw came when Wilf, almost a passenger since before half-time, was replaced by Bolasie, who ran at the full back but whose game looked to have slipped back a couple of years with little decent use of the ball.

Finally, having conceded a couple more free kicks, Jedinak dragged down Jutkiewicz at the far post for an obvious penalty; the only surprise was that Mike Dean actually realised what had happened & recalled however dimly what the laws of the game were. Arfield’s spot kick was hard to the left of centre; Julian managed to raise his arm and had enough strength in his wrist to push the ball up & out where it was cleared. Neither team had the wit or skill to force a late opening and, by the end, Burnley may see this as two points dropped.


Speroni - 8 – Looked shaky under a couple of crosses but safe handling of the rare shots on target. His penalty save was of the highest order.

Mariappa – 6 – Odd to say that while I thought Adrian struggled in his defensive role at times, especially in the first half, he proved far more effective than Ward did today in helping out his winger, linking well with Puncheon.

Ward – 5 – Bit worried about Joel, but it might help if he was actually to play in his best position at right back. Seldom appeared to support Zaha, which helps explain Wilf’s fading from the game, and had real troubles in the second half when a lot of Burnley’s attacks came down the left-sided channel.

Delaney – 7 – Would have been my Man of the Match but for one moment of point-saving brilliance from Julian. After some ropey early moments his game settled down and he made some very important challenges, particularly those in the box in the last quarter of the game.

Dann – 7 – There were a couple of early weak clearances that nearly came back to haunt Palace but like Delaney he settled down and helped restrict Burnley to no more than a handful of chances in a game where they had most of the ball. Might have been a different game if his early header had been a couple of inches lower.

Jedinak – 4 – Did make some important interceptions & challenges, and produced perhaps the pass of the match to set Zaha free, but these were rare sparks in an increasingly ragged display, and his distribution was poor even compared to his worst days while he was caught in possession on occasions that nearly cost us a goal. Stared to give away free kicks in dangerous areas, compounding this folly by wresting an opponent to the ground to concede a penalty. Finally, how did he avoid a red card? After being booked he was penalised another three times at least, including the penalty incident and what looked like an elbow (he does have previous), how did he not receive a second yellow? Perhaps this is more a reflection of how appalling a ref Mike Dean is (we do look for consistency but not consistently poor...) Perhaps our skipper just needs a rest.

McArthur – 6 – Some promising signs of a player who is capable of passes that inflict more injury on the opposition than ourselves, but was unable to do much to stem the battle in the middle. Had one good effort that swerved off target. Will be interesting to see if he can deliver more than Bannan especially given the price tag.

Zaha – 5 – Good strong start when he looked likely to rip open the Clarets’ defence at the seams, setting up a chance for Delaney, then cutting in from the left only to fire his shot straight at Heaton. After that saw precious little of the ball, not helped by distant support from Ward, apart from one good run when sent away by Jedinak’s ball. End result was that Wilf was not as effective as Puncheon today.

Puncheon – 7 – Some good moments, a few bad ones, but was the source of most of Palace’s attacks, especially in the second half. Made some wrong decisions but more right ones and also helped out at the back.

Campbell – 5 – Tried hard in what I believe is an unaccustomed role but lacked Chamakh’s skill, strength and positional sense, although did create Dann’s chance. Had one weak shot on target and, like most of our attacking force, was gradually starved of possession.

Gayle – 5 – Ran hard and initially looked likely to torment the defence, but badly missed a good chance when rushing a shot from inside the box and sending it high. Occasionally embarrassed the defence when the ball was played beyond him to use his pace, but too often was penalised when trying to beat his marker in an aerial battle.


Doyle – 5 – A couple of good moments but didn’t appear the barn-storming striker we’d hoped, initially replacing Campbell in the hole. Remains to be seen if he is a more capable option than Murray.

Williams – 6 – As against the Hammers initial appearance brought some pep to a tired attack but then found himself crowded out by numbers; one chance was half-hit when a decisive strike was needed.

Bolasie – 5 – Looked good at first but soon repeated old failings we thought he’d been cured of, such as over-elaboration, failure to look up and running down blind alleys.


FYP Preview: Crystal Palace vs Burnley (13/9/2014)

Saturday 13th September, 2014. Kick-off 3pm. Selhurst Park, South London (and Proud!)

Palace are still searching for a win this season and welcome the newly promoted Clarets to Selhurst, where they enjoyed an entertaining 3-4 win the last time Burnley were in South London.


Team news

Deadline day signings Zeki Fryers and James McArthur could both be in line to make their debuts for the club, Fryers at left-back, McArthur in centre-mid.

Joe Ledley is still recovering from a groin injury but did manage 30 minutes for Wales in midweek.

Marouane Chamakh, meanwhile, is definitely out injured but Dwight Gayle could be back in contention after going off injured at Newcastle too. It means 89-year-old striker Andy Johnson could get a place on the bench after coming back to the club.

Wilf Zaha impressed off the bench in his first game back at Palace so could be handed a start, but Peter Ramage, Stuart O'Keefe, Jimmy Kebe and Lewis Price cannot feature for the first-team until January after being left out of Warnock's 25-man Premier League squad.

For Burnley, star forward Danny Ings is expected to shake off a slight knock to feature, but fellow striker Sam Vokes is a long term injury lay-off.

Another forward, Michael Kightly, could get a game after returning from injury to score for the U21 side this week.

Deadline day signing George Boyd could get the nod ahead of Matt Taylor.

Possible line-ups




Eye on the opposition

By Jack Pierce

As underwhelming international breaks go, that one was pretty bloody underwhelming, wasn't it?

England have effectively qualified (not that losing on Monday night would have mattered) and Sky have reached new highs (or lows depending on viewpoint) by deciding to make Andorra v Wales a big deal.

Enough of all that nonsense, Palace are back as we welcome Lancashire folk to Selhurst in the form of newly promoted Burnley.

While Palace fans might think that being relegation favourites at the start of a new campaign, only to surprise all and gain promotion to the Premier League is norm, having been THAT side the season before last; Sean Dyche's achievements of last season should not be underestimated. Having inherited a fairly average looking squad after Eddie Howe left to return to Bournemouth, Dyche went about his business by insisting upon strict tactical discipline while getting his side to play some nice stuff and ended last season one of the most heralded manager across the football league.

The loss of Charlie Austin to QPR before their promotion campaign was also a cause of worry for fans of The Clarets but the emergence of Danny Ings and his fruitful partnership with Sam Vokes made Austin a quick and distant memory.

Their goals were a main reason for their promotion but with Vokes still nursing a serious knee injury, Ings will be expected to score his fair share of goals if Burnley are going to have a hope of staying up.

New signings weren't of the obvious quality required to keep them up but the likes of Matt Taylor and Steven Reid will add top flight experience that was otherwise lacking from the Burnley squad.

Like Palace, Burnley have managed to pick up just the solitary point in their opening three games, although it should be noted they have played Chelsea, early pace setters, Swansea and Manchester United, who aren't perhaps the force they were but still a stiff test for any newly promoted side.

Let's be honest, almost everyone expects Burnley to go back down this season. That said, almost everyone expected Palace to go back down last season.

Palace's season last term and the way in which sides like Swansea have adapted to the Premier League in recent years give any promoted side encouragement but Burnley need to start turning half decent performance into wins and adding to their points total.

Readers of this will obviously hope that they don't start that habit on Saturday.

From the other side

Here's Burnley fan Jamie Smith with the lowdown.

Stat Attack

Provided by PalaceStats

Crystal Palace have won three, drawn seven and lost four games against Burnley in South London.

Burnley have scored 12 goals on their travels against Crystal Palace; they have also conceded the same amount.

In the last fixture at Selhurst Park, the highest amount of goals were scored in this fixture with Crystal Palace winning 4-3.

The Eagles have failed to pick up a win in the Premier League so far this season; losing against Arsenal away from home, losing their only home game and drawing last time out to Newcastle.

The Clarets' only point of the season was picked up against Man Utd; beforehand they lost to Swansea and Chelsea.

Crystal Palace have only lost one of their last five games against teams beginning with the letter B.

Burnley have won the previous four top-flight matches between the two sides.

The Eagles have lost five points from a winning position this season; more than any other side.

The Clarets have won only one of their last 20 Premier League matches away from home, drawing just the once and losing on 18 occasions.

Dwight Gayle is the form player in this fixture; scoring four goals in his last two games.

The Lancashire side have featured at least nine English players in all of their games in the Premier League this season.

In Wilfried Zaha's last three games against Burnley, he has scored twice and has received a red card.


A must-win game already if we're going with cliches. A late equaliser at Newcastle two weeks ago will have boosted confidence and a similarly battling performance should do the biz against the Clarets.

Palace 2-0 Burnley

Crystal Palace defender Jerome Binnom-Williams joins Southend United on loan

Young Crystal Palace defender Jerome Binnom-Williams has joined Southend United on loan.

The England U18 international has moved to Roots Hall on an initial one month deal, but it is believed there is an option to extend the move after that period.

He joins Phil Brown's side after the Shrimpers lost Ben Coker to injury.

Binnom-Williams spoke to FYP's Matt Woosnam after scoring the only goal in Palace's 1-0 victory over Sheffield United at Selhurst Park last Tuesday; and he was pleased to be on the winning side.

"Yeah I’m happy, I've come down to play with the boys and it’s good to get a goal, a winning one, especially in the last few minutes of the game. I thought I did well and the boys did well too. It was good to get a clean sheet.

"It was a good game in bits and bobs. We did well at times, sometimes we rushed play but that’s how the game goes sometimes."

The 19-year-old was part of the squad to travel to Austria and the USA during pre-season, making a number of first team appearances at left-back, and he admitted that it was good experience for him. He also put to bed debate over his favoured position.

"It was good experience being around older boys, it was really good and I enjoyed it." he said. "I focussed on getting my defensive positioning much better as I wasn’t really that good at it when I was a youngster; but you go up into your position so you have to deal with it.

"I enjoy left-back, I see myself playing there for sure."

The defender is looking to the future and hopes to impress new boss Neil Warnock sufficiently to earn a place in the first team starting line-up in the future.

"Everybody was disappointed to see Tony Pulis leave but there is new gaffer in now and I have to show how good I am to the new gaffer and hopefully he puts me in one day. You just have to wait and see and hopefully one day do what I am, I’m progressing well, got a goal today, hopefully I’ll get there one day but you’ve gotta wait.

"I’ve always wanted that as a little boy so you gotta wait and see."


Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan joins Bolton Wanderers on loan

Crystal Palace's Irish midfielder Owen Garvan has once again linked up with his former boss Dougie Freedman, after securing a three month loan deal to join Bolton. 

Following his arrival at Selhurst Park in summer 2010, Garvan has made 87 appearances for the club, notching 11 goals. 

The 26-year-old was a regular in Palace's Championship campaigns, although a knee injury prevented him from playing more often, but upon promotion to the Premier League, he found himself sidelined before joining Millwall on loan towards the end of last season.

He made 13 appearances for the Lions under Ian Holloway but returned to Palace at the end of the season. 

Despite appearing in the Eagles' 3-0 Capital One Cup victory over Walsall, he did not make the 25-man-squad and has secured a move to the Trotters until December. 


Former Crystal Palace striker David Whyte passes away aged 43

Former Palace striker David Whyte has passed away at the age of just 43. After being signed from Greenwich Borough as a 17-year-old he went on to make 38 appearances for the club, netting seven times. A guest writer for FYP looks back at his career with the Eagles.

When people think of the fantastic Palace youth system of the late 80s and early 90s the names that often come to mind are the likes of John Salako, Gareth Southgate and Richard Shaw. And rightly so, after all, two of those players played for England with some distinction and one only narrowly missed out on representing his country.

However, there was one player who, in terms of natural skill, outshone them all.

Signed from Greenwich Borough as a 17 year old and spending a year in the youth team before becoming a regular in the reserves, David Whyte was knocking on the door of the Palace first team for a good year before the departure of Ian Wright, and the disappointment of the Marco Gabbiadini transfer gave him an opportunity to impress. Following a handful of impressive appearances from the bench (often replacing the hapless Gabbiadini), Whyte was finally given his chance in an away fixture at Stamford Bridge in February 1992. A 1-1 draw in that match, however, does not tell the full story.

As well as cancelling out a debut goal by Chelsea's recent big money signing, Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino, Whyte ran the Chelsea defence ragged. Always willing to be an outlet for his team mates and linking up well with his mentor Mark Bright, it is no exaggeration to say that he could quite easily have finished that game on a hat trick and it still puzzles me that Chelsea were able to get a point out of that game. To a man, those of us who were at Stamford Bridge that day were convinced that we'd found another Ian Wright.

Several other impressive performances followed, most notably a League Cup tie at the City Ground where Whyte made Forest's Des Walker, at the time probably the best central defender in the country, look like a lower division clogger. Again, it's no exaggeration to say that Whyte gave the England International a torrid time, twisting and turning him in every direction and finishing the game with a well deserved goal (we lost though, we always lose at Forest in the cup).

With young, impressionable players there is always a risk. If a young player is introduced before he is ready it can ruin his career before it has even begun. I'm not suggesting for a minute that in terms of ability Whyte wasn't ready - his early performances spoke for themselves. However, after such a promising start something happened to Whyte which ultimately led to his omission from the first team with Steve Coppell suggesting that there was an "attitude problem." 

Coppell then signed Chris Armstrong and Whyte's appearances became ever more sporadic. He still, however, showed flashed of his undoubted brilliance right up until the end.

Coppell's successor, Alan Smith, who'd rated Whyte so highly right from the very beginning, gave the young striker chance after chance to prove himself but it never really came off and, after ending the 1993/94 season with a loan spell at The Valley, he made the switch to SE7 in part exchange for midfielder Darren Pitcher and subsequently finished the following season with 19 goals for the Addicks before slowly fading down the leagues and into obscurity.

David Whyte may only ever be a footnote in the history books of Crystal Palace Football Club. But he was one of the most skillful strikers we've ever had. May he rest in peace.


Brand new issue of FYP still available to buy v Newcastle

Yes folks it's time for another issue of Five Year Plan Fanzine to hit the streets!

This issue has been back and forth to the printers more often than Steve Parish to the 'out of work managers' column of the local papers.

But despite Tony Pulis doing his best to ruin the issue we've managed to update it and fill it with fresh reaction to all the goings on at Selhurst in the last month or so.

In issue 41 is...

  • A Welcome Return – Streety welcomes back Neil Warnock, Wilfried Zaha and Andy Johnson.
  • The Silent Partners – In Steve Browett and Steve Parish, Palace have two very accessible chairmen, but what about Martin Long and Jeremy Hosking? Matt Woosnam speaks to both. 
  • SenZAHAtional – Bryan Davies takes a closer look at Wilfried Zaha’s return to the club. 
  • Augsburg Adlern – The Eagles travelled to Augsburg for their final game of pre-season – and so did Streety. 
  • Palace Transfer Tribulations – Pulis supposedly had enough of Palace’s lack of signings, but Bryan Davies thinks we didn’t do too badly. 
  • Pulis Wasn’t Palace – Matt Woosnam doesn’t feel that Pulis ever truly fitted in at the club, despite his success. 
  • Palace Youth’s Pre Season – Alan Russell gives us a brief look at how Palace’s youth faired during the summer. 
  • And loads more!...

And all that still for the pocket friendly price of £1.50.

Copies will be on sale for the home games against Newcastle and Leicester or you can order a copy online here.


Crystal Palace re-sign Andrew Johnson on a free transfer

Crystal Palace have signed former striker Andrew Johnson on a free transfer.

In a surprise move, the 33-year-old has rejoined the club as a player-coach. He follows new manager Neil Warnock and Wilfried Zaha in returning to the club, after the latter was signed on loan from Manchester United.

The club legend spent four years in South London after he was signed as a makeweight in the £4.25m deal which took then Eagles' striker Clinton Morrison to Birmingham City, incidentally following former Palace boss Steve Bruce to St Andrews. 

It took Johnson little time to endear himself to the Selhurst Park faithful as he hit back to back hat-tricks in October 2002, against arch rivals Brighton in a 5-1 hammering, and the four days later in a 4-3 victory at Walsall.

Johnson went on to make 160 appearances for the club, netting 85 times and helping Palace to promotion in 2004 via the play-offs. In 2006, following the club's relegation and subsequent failure to return to the Premier League, he moved to Everton in a deal worth £8.6m. 

Injuries plagued the forward, however, and moves to Fulham and Queens Park Rangers ensued before he was released in July 2014. 

Palace have named the Bedford man in their 25-man Premier League squad, and he will also assist with coaching the academy players at the club. 

AJ told Palace's official website: He said: "I am delighted to be coming back to a club that I love and have a real soft spot for. I would like to thank the gaffer and the chairman for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping this football club have continued success in the Premier League. 

“I have also been given an opportunity to help the youngsters in a coaching capacity, something I am really looking forward to getting involved in.”

Neil Warnock added: "I am delighted to be bringing in a player with Andrew's experience and first and foremost he is here to score goals and I am sure he will get a chance to do that.

"I have also invited him to get involved with coaching our strikers and I am pleased to say he has accepted that and is really looking forward to returning to a club he has a special affection for."