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Down to earth with a bump

Crystal Palace 2 City 0

Report by Kate Thompson      

I was going to use the title ‘After the Lord Mayor’s show’ but Gary Lineker beat me to it on last night’s MOTD.  It was fairly obvious to all but the most blinkered City fan that after last Sunday’s incredible game and result, anything would be an anticlimax. 

It was also clear, as the game went on, that Palace had done just as good a job on us as we had done on Manchester United.  They didn’t let the players settle and when chances occurred – such as when Vardy was in a good position in front of goal in the first half – the Palace defenders put their bodies on the line and made their goal a fortress.

I was under severe difficulties actually seeing what was happening.  I’ve moaned about fans standing before and hoped that things would improve in the Premiership, but yet again the stewards made no attempt to make people sit down and for people like me (only just over 5 foot tall) it made life very difficult; I feel really sorry for those who are unable for stand for 90 + minutes. 

I had a thin slice of the pitch with a reasonable view but for anything down the flanks, I had to rely on the big screen just to my right.  I had to wait to watch MOTD to see what the Palace goals were like and it was very disappointing to see that both of them came from set pieces and both could have been avoided. 

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Oppos Viewpoint – Crystal Palace

A bit about you:

Name: Keith Powell

Current home town: Purley Surrey 

Birthplace: Redhill Surrey

How long have you supported your team?  Since the 1960 s

Overview of your club:

Well run by owners who are also supporters

Favourite thing about your home ground:  Brilliant view I have from the upper tier of Holmesdale stand

Favourite match played by your team & why:  Liverpool FA CUP semi final winning 4-3

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Haven't really got a favourite

About our forthcoming match against you:

This is a match we really need to win having failed to beat Burnley we really need to win this one and beat the sides who are likely to be around us in the table if we are going to stay up this season I’m sure you feel the same from your club.

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Speroni saved us from defeat on many occasions

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? On Sundays performance Bolasie if he plays like that you could have problems

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Next Up – Crystal Palace

Next Up – Crystal Palace 27 September 2014

Manager        Neil Warnock

Founded       1905             Ground         Selhurst Park

Address       Whitehorse Lane, London, SE25 6PU

Capacity        26,255       

Squad:

1        GK      Julian Speroni

2        DF      Joel Ward

3        DF      Adrian Mariappa

4        DF      Brede Hangeland

5        DF      Paddy McCarthy

6        DF      Scott Dann

7        MF      Yannick Bolasie

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Going to Crystal Palace ?

Crystal Palace

By Road:  SE25 6PU

Leave the M25 at Junction Seven and follow the signs for the A23 to Croydon. At Purley bear left onto the A23 at it's junction with the A235 (to Croydon). You will pass roundabouts and junctions with the A232 and A236 as you pass Croydon, after which the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath roundabout where you must take the fourth exit (A235) before an almost immediate left turn into Brigstock Road (B266). Continue past Thornton Heath Station on your left and bear right onto the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane and continue until you see the ground on your  right.

Richard Downs suggests the following alternative route for fans coming from the North, is to leave the M25 at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London. After about ten miles you will reach the Tolworth roundabout at which you turn right onto the A240 towards Epsom.

After about three miles turn onto the A232 towards Sutton. Follow the A232 through Sutton and Carshalton and just before reaching Croydon, turn left onto the A23 north towards Thornton Heath'. Where the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath (at the Horsehoe pub roundabout). Here you must go straight over, into Brigstock Road (B266), passing Thornton Heath Station on your left and bearing right on to the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane. The ground is on your right.

Read the signs concerning parking as much is restricted to residents only.

Approx 112 miles and 2 hour 40 mins

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Fantasy Football

LEICESTER CITY 5 MANCHESTER UNITED 3

Report by Paul Weston

I have supported City through thick and thin over many, many years and witnessed many lows and a few highs. Yet I find myself writing this report a whole day after the match on Sunday still in a state of shock after witnessing what was, for me, the most exhilarating City performance I have ever seen. It is a game that will live in the memory for all time. It was a privilege to be there and worth the season ticket price just for the one match!

Man Utd came with a stellar cast of players and I admit that I was apprehensive. Even though QPR had played into their hands during their last match it looked like Man Utd were starting to join the pieces together and their attack looked awesome.

Nigel Pearson kept the same side that ended the second half at Stoke and got such a good win. In came Cambiasso, Drinkwater and Vardy (for his first start). I had been looking forward all season to seeing how Vardy would shape up against Premiership opposition. We soon would find out!

Both sides started brightly with Ulloa mis-controlling a pass from Nugent and losing the chance to shoot. Schmeichel then saved well low down from Van Persie. Then in a flash Falcao turned De Laet, who had got too tight, crossed and Van Persie headed in, with a deflection off Moore. United were moving forward in waves now and City were looking vulnerable on our right flank- not surprising considering the talent of the opposition. And then after about 15 minutes we were 2-0 down when Di Maria with a delightful chipped shot scored breaking through the middle.

At this point I turned in my seat and said to my friend- “this could be 5 or 6”. How right I was!

This City side, though, has an incredible capacity for fighting back. Almost immediately City fans cheered the team to give the players a lift and Vardy shot down the right, shrugged off his marker and sent in a superb cross from the right which Ulloa headed in superbly. 2-1 down but City were back in the match and the fans rightly applauded off the team at half time.

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