Crystal Palace’s Weak Forward Line Hit By Injuries


In 29 league games this season, Crystal Palace have scored only 19 goals – the worst in the Premier League – and in fact it’s the lowest number of goals scored by any club in the top four leagues in England.

Marouane Chamakh

Marouane Chamakh – injured and out of tomorrow’s game

So if you look at that statistic, you could say that Palace should muster little threat to Newcastle tomorrow, but that would be dangerous – very dangerous, because strange things  always happen in football – and when you are least expecting them.

However, it gets even worse for Palace, as they currently have what amounts to a striker crisis, in that both strikers Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle are out of the Newcastle game with injury.

Marouane Chamakh, the Moroccan International and former Arsenal striker has a hamstring strain, and now Dwight Gayle as an ankle injury, and it’s not known how long he will be out for.

Glenn Murray and Cameron Jerome, who is on loan from Tony Pulis’ former club Stoke City,  has one goal in 22 appearances this season and is available for the game tomorrow.

And Glenn Murray make up the two strikers that are fit for the game at St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon.

This is what Tony Pulis has said today about Chamakh being missing:

“Chamakh won’t be fit for Saturday. It is a massive blow because he plays that position so, so well,” “He is a good player, can score goals and he can drop into that number 10 position.” “It is a miss, but we have to get on with it.”

So it would appear if Newcastle can get a goal, and better still a couple of goals,we should have a decent chance of coming away with all 3 points from the game – maybe.

But of course Newcastle are not the threat in front of goal we are when Loic Remy is in the side, and he’s out injured tomorrow and also Tuesday night against Everton, with that calf injury.

Tony Pulis is probably hoping for a shock result at St. James’ Park tomorrow, with Newcastle missing two of our very best players — Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy – and striker Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong not showing any goal scoring form recently.

So just like last week at Fulham we have to wonder where the goals will come from and that’s why we hope Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and young local lad Adam Armstrong are on the bench, because all three have those creative skills necessary to open up opposing defenses.

Then we hope somebody – maybe Moussa Sissoko again –  can put that ball into the back of the net.

Howay The Lads!!

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100 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Same barber as Lescott by the looks of it.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #2

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2007/05/22/a-review-of-the-st-james-park-expansion-project/

    Unfortunately the picture on this story has disappeared but the reason the plans were shelved is quite clear, Ashley bought the club.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3

    GT…I feel like their is something missing from the story here mate; it just make no sense to me!

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  • Graeme

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, Thats good news? We have no strikers worthy of the name at the moment either. Its likely, on current form, our best hope for a goal is from Gouffran, unless he’s stuck out on the wing yet again!!

    So, Palace cant score, WE cant score either – I’m pleased I wasnt planning on being at the game anyway – it has bore draw written all over it!!

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  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    I e-mailed Ed this morning, provided him with the link to the story in the Chronicle – an actual story – yet we’re faced with an article about the injuries to Palace’s forward line…

    Maybe he is giving the people what they want. Low-brow football chatter while Ashley sells our future from under our feet. Jesus wept.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Ciaran, I’m hoping for some more news on Cabaye and other players who don’t play for the Toon any more 😉

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  • Belfast

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Lets have a silent protest Ruddy !

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  • Thump

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    @Mac: The picture used on the article was the same here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=458915

    I think it was the ntl-sports image that was used if memory serves.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Ha good one Belfast you and silent good one good one.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Ah, nice 1 Thump. How you doing? Long time no see. You up for the man U game by any chance? 😉

    Interesting about the expansion story, it was all to be completed before the olympics but it’s weird we were so close to liquidation (according to some) but still had plans to expand the stadium………..

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  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #11

    MacToon

    Here’s hoping for a Demba Ba, Andy Carroll double swoop exclusive of ‘Will NUFC offer these 2 a way back?’ followed by an exclusive of how many minutes Cabaye has sat on the PSG bench.

    Goody gumdrops.

    Belfast

    Silent protest in the sense that I shut up? You’d love that wouldn’t you…

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #12

    So, if that bounder Ashley is indeed flogging the silverware, hang on bad choice of words there, but you know what I mean, figuratively speaking, yeah anyway if he is doing that bad thing – maybe my second idea about him settling for a maximised attendance might be the plan. He’s not worried about the future, as he knows he won’t be in it.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    You’ll not be invited anyway Skunki.

    No riff raff welcome.

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  • mag

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #14

    As we’ve never not scored against Palace since 1982, another dubious record for the Pardew hall of infamy beckons tomorrow.

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  • mag

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Sack Pardew the moronic oaf for being a Pardew!

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  • Belfast

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #16

    I see mactoon and Thump are planning gay orgys again. Thanks for ruining my dinner.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Lol Belfast, I knew a comment like that was around the corner as soon as I pressed submit!! I suggest you practice what you preach and indulge in a silent protest too 😉

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Maybe the plans were shelved because Ashley came in as a buyer or maybe Freddie was talking a pile of shite. Jesus, 300 million quid. The club went for half of that with an existing 100 million debt.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Just checked out the link from Thump re the old plans for the stadium development. The image of the new Gallowgate end was tremendous – if it ever was developed we would have some stadium. Worth checking out of what could have been. Another dream in the bin.

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    That Chamach fella always looks like he’s just fallen out of a large horses uterus.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #21

    It just doesn’t sound very Ashley-like? Isn’t a casino and hotel right up his alley? Money, money, money Mike.
    Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
    New car, caviar, four star daydream,
    Think I’ll buy me a football team
    Money get back
    I’m all right Jack keep your hands off my stack.
    Money it’s a hit
    Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit

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  • Belfast

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    What you’s do in your spare time is entirely up to yourselves mactoon.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Let’s get his entire stash and shove it up his jacksy! 👿

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #24

    G2 – I think it’s more like ‘Us and Them’ from Dark Side of the Toon.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #25

    My team for tomorrow. Slightly controversial with Marveaux. No Shola or Gosling cos’ they’re s****.
    Krul
    Mbiwa Willo Colo Haidara
    Sissoko Tiote
    Ben10 Marv Gouffy
    De Jong

    Bench: Alnwick, S.Taylor, Dummett, Anita, Sammy, Armstrong, Cisse.

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  • mag

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Palace 2-1 as we have give up for the summer holidays.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Ha! Very good Tsunki mate. In a dark, bitter way sadly. What have we come to with Ashley as owner?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Off for a bit.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #29

    If I ever wanted a job on Mashleys PR team, I would include this on my CV and say my name was Andy, employment guaranteed.
    AndyNUFC // Mar 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM:
    Ibiza firstly, any money Ashley makes is good for us long term as it either means if we go down again he would have to pump money back in to make us an attractive, top flight prospect for buyers.

    • AndyNUFC // Mar 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM
    I never once said it was good for the club, load of bollocks.

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Are the bids in as regards Ashley’s land sale ?

    Easy way round it if its open to offers over £5 million

    £5 million split 52.000 ways is only £96 quid each ..easy !

    We have a sprinkling of celebs with healthy bank accounts that could step in ..We, or they, can then hire the land back to the council at the same figure Ashley makes from the council, £88 thousand per year, until such time a new owner steps in and wants to develop the ground .. We then sell it back to the new owner as it’s held in trust for the Club by the supporters until a new owner-s come along ..in the meantime it gets cheaper for supporters as the trust will benefit to the tune of £88,000 per year and rising. Simple’s.

    Can you organise it Ciaran ?…… here’s my money.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Online…Not a bad idea. Where has this new found intelligence come from? 🙂

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  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #32

    I think safe standing will get the go ahead and therefore capacities will increase without having to splash a fortune on ground development.
    Selling the land makes sense, let’s face it there aren’t any queues for season tickets anymore.
    Hopefully Ashley will put the money back into the club. I’m not holding my breath on that one though.

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Ibiza ..cheeky !

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Evening gents and belfast

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #35

    I go for a 2-0 win tomorrow

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Where to begin

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  • toon kk

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Welsh
    who’s going to score the two goals in your predicted win? Remember Remy is out.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Why is it when I’m on here nobody else is on, what have i done I haven’t upset anybody have I

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #39

    toon kk

    Anything can happen, we still got gouffran and sissoko who between them there’s goals and assists

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  • Gordonthetoony

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Young Armstrong won’t be in the squad as apparently Pardew has said he’s not yet ready for the PL. this season. WTF. We have nothing to lose so blood the youngsters NOW for experience.

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