They are battling or their lives so one thing we should be able to rely on is that they must give it their all. Take care of our own business and all hope is not lost. Fast start at Burnley, dampen the atmosphere and really get behind the boys. 6% chance or whatever it is, I'll take it and give it the best we've got. Roll on Saturday.
Stuffed by Brighton and looking decidedly shaky right now at Reading. Didn't think Pearson would tolerate all this relaxing stuff after gaining promotion. They are certainly not "at it" from what I've seen tonight. Pretty disappointing, they could have done us some serious favours! Having said that, just nearly scored!
They have only scored 24 goals in 33 games yet look likely to get a second season. Quite a remarkable stat that. Well done to Damien Delaney too as the Palace defence has only conceded 39 in total. Got to admit I thought he was a decent Championship player (with the right partner) at best but he has been solid and the Palace fans love him. If we did go up this season, that kind of solidity at the back would be a absolute necessity for us too.
Just got in from a ridiculously long day at work so first chance to post. Chambers was superb last night. He never put a foot wrong defensively against two talented widemen - first Hamill and later Scanell, dominated in the air and presented an attacking outlook on a number of occasions - almost scoring himself in the first half. Many on here harp on constantly about needing a "proper" right back and at times we have seemed to lack a little there this season. However, last night he deserved massive credit. Along with Williams (and Murphy) Chambo was my MoM. The fist pump at the end is becoming ceremonial. I love it! It clearly means a lot to him to be skipper and his rapport with the fans is immense.
Live in Huddersfield so a "home" game for me. Pretty much the complete away performance from Town. Dominated the first half, great goal from Anderson, well taken strike from Murph and countless other chances to boot. 4-0 would not of flattered Town at the interval. Good football, possession retained, threats from the flanks and solid, effective defending whilst keeping our shape.
Not quite as dominant in the second period but defensively solid. Huddersfield's first strike on goal in 80th minute forced Gerken into a stop with his feet. Saw out the game very comfortably.
Gerken - virtually untroubled Chambers - outstanding. Faultless defensively and an attacking threat throughout as well Cresswell - looked class. Taken off on the hour, hopefuly as a precaution Berra & Smith - dominant. Looking a good pair Anderson - great goal, much more positive and a good shift Hyam - terrier-like against the Terrriers. Doing the dirty work all the time Skuse - controlled the midfield all game Hunt - best I've seen him play. Warmly applauded when substituted Murphy - another goal and solid performance. Williams - gives the class we have missed. JInks, bobs and weaves. Crucially, he rarely loses possession. A season long loan - I'd love it. More chants of "sign him up" and "Jonathan Williams" to the tune of Karma Chameleon from the fans Mings - looked solid. One for the future for sure Wordsworth - retained possession when needed Richardson - did the job he was asked to do
Palace have a decent chance of survival but if things don't work out over the next few games he would be crucified by his own fans for having a talented, game changing and popular player delivering the goods elsewhere whilst his own team battle the drop. Maybe we could keep the boy with a 24 hour recall. Right now I'd settle for that even if it's not ideal.
Hard to believe when you see the way he attacked that ball last night. 5 for us in 35 games! Keep up that and he'd have 20 by the time he reaches 140 appearances for us!By my reckoning, the defenders have scored 14 goals between them this season. If the midfielders could chip in with even just the same amount, we'd probably be safely in the top six by now.
plus a few caretakers. We have had 7 (and a few caretakers) in the same period. Much prefer stability myself to the merry-go-round. Hope we can stick with Mick for 4-5 years at least. Get some continuity, a decent and productive youth policy again and make the club a genuine prospect not just for promotion but also for a decent chance at survival too.
the feckin Jewell era!!!!!!! FFS we were embarrassing, couldn't defend to save our lives, reliant on loans and OAP's looking for a last pay day and heading for oblivion by the end of his tenure. The odd decent performance aside and a couple of runs that got us out of trouble in his first year (good job PJ) and in top six in the Autumn of 2012, he was an unmitigated disaster. Mick has more than steadied the ship. Be realistic and judge Mick this time next year.
Only get to away games in general so didn't see the game myself. From the TV, Gerken didn't seem at fault for the goals, the second one was more a poor defensive line and a decent delivery - he couldn't come for that. However, if his performance was genuinely little more than 4/10, surely it is time to question his spot? He was at fault at Middlesboro and whilst (like all keepers) he has made some fine saves, his all round keeping (catching and kicking especially) don't inspire me. Loach is prone to mistakes, I'd agree, but by all accounts he was star man against Blackpool. Green - well I wouldn't sign him long term myself. He was dire at Boro too!
Mick said he was "always going to play if he was fit". I think both Hyam and Skuse are fixtures in Mick's team. Over the summer, he'll need to find the correct player to compliment their attributes especially if he intends to play 433 and maybe even two if he looks to play 442. Failing that, he needs much more from Anderson in particular. Green is, for me, a squad player at best, Tabb a disappointment and Hunt seems hit and miss at times. McGoldrick might be an interesting option playing behind SEB and Murphy too.
was, ironically, Leadbitter! He was able to keep the ball, recycle it and change the direction of play and keep Middlesboro moving. No killer pass but he was better than those in a blue shirt by a country mile. I know he is hate figure for many on here and he was booed by Town fans yesterday but, unfortunately, the truth is sometimes difficult to take.