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Vast Majority Of Fans Expect This Result At Palace 

8:53 am, Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 3 Comments

Maybe it´s not surprising that almost 80% of our fans expect us to lose against Alan Pardew´s side at Crystal Palace tomorrow afternoon after the lacklustre disgrace last Saturday against Leicester.

Unfortunately, another defeat would be our 8th defeat in the first 14 league games and could mean we will end up in the bottom four by Christmas – unless we can dramatically improve both our form and results in some tough games coming up.

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Steve McClaren will give press conference today

Steve McClaren and the coaching staff have finally had it out with the players this week for their lack of effort and guts – and some home truths were aired and that may even help for tomorrow´s game.

But what happens if and when Crystal Palace score the first goal?

Steve will give his press conference today and that could be very interesting given all that´s supposed to happen this week on the training field.

The players have a chance to show they are not wimps tomorrow in London – we hope they take the opportunity.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AncientC // Nov 27, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    I expect a win. Palace are a poor side, easily beaten on their home turf.

    Now back to the gnashing of teeth and lamentations of effort.

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 27, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Yeah, Palace have only won 2 of their 7 home games so far this season, compared to 4 of their 6 away. They were one of the few teams last season to win less points at home compared to away. I don’t think there is a huge amount to fear, standard Pardew, if you prevent his plan ‘a’ from working then there is no plan ‘b’ to turn to.

    Plan A is fast, direct counter attacking football, if teams don’t allow you to do that, then he struggles to change tack.

  • 3 Jib // Nov 27, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    The presser is a golden opportunity for olive branches tempered with some frankness from Steve .

    A Chronic journo (forget which) said , and I’m paraphrasing – Steve and his coaches were trying to inculcate a more possession based game into players who had (under previous coaches) lost their appetite for keeping the ball.

    We tend to think that football players because of the money they earn should be masters of their craft.The reality is that while of course they are all talented in their different ways , the vast majority are as thick as bulls lugs.

    They pretty much have to be led by the hand through any new playing philosophy or concept.
    The brighter ones (the minority ) get it straight away ,the dumbos (the majority ) don’t.

    I know it has been 5 months (including the USA debacle) for Steve and 13 league games but he still might have been pushing the new philosophies too fast.

    A more circumspect (nuts and bolts) approach
    , like just going for a point away every time (it worked at Old Trafford , might have been wiser.If we had done that we’d be at least 4 places higher up the table .
    Pragmatism is the order of the day.

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