It seems that Crystal Palace’s defense is significantly better than Fulham’s – who have the worst defense in the Premier League and have conceded 65 goals this season, whereas Crystal Palace have only conceded 38, two less than Newcastle, but of course their problem is that they have only scored 19 goals all season, and that’s the worst scoring record in the Premier League.
But it says something that we couldn’t score against Fulham last week – so what are the chances of scoring against Palace, who will come and park a couple of buses in their penalty area tomorrow, and waste time from the first minute of the game.
Tony Pulis – Crystal Palace manager
This is what manager Alan Pardew has said on the Newcastle web-site today about Tony Pulis and his London side:
“Tony’s confidence and ability has pulled that team to within a fighting chance, because now they have a fighting chance of staying up. They’ll be showing that on the pitch,”
“They were very good at Sunderland, very resilient.” “They had a good performance at Sunderland, and I don’t expect them to be much different really,”
“They will be fighting and scrapping, and Tony’s teams are always very, very sure in terms of their jobs, and we need to come up with some more imagination than we did against Fulham, and some more cutting edge to our play.”
“Most of our play was pretty good against Fulham, but the last third, unfortunately, wasn’t good enough.”
Alan used to play for Crystal Palace from 1987 through 1991, and with Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux both potentially back tomorrow, and hopefully the creative younger Adam Armstrong also on the bench, we will have more creativity in the side than last week.
Last week we plodded through the game, without much enthusiasm or energy, but still created two golden opportunities that Papiss Cisse managed to miss.
We cannot do the same thing tomorrow, and a win is what we want to see – and it will be another double this season, if we can do that.
Howay The Lads!!