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Crystal Palace vs. Blackpool

Selhurst Park

31st January 2009


Poised For Eagles Visit

After Tuesday night's defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers, Parkes and Thompson embark on another away day, this time the team travels South in search of 3 points as they face off against Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace.

The Eagles lie in 11th place, 6 points ahead of the Seasiders with a game in hand and will themselves be looking for an instant reaction from their players as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away at rock-bottom Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening.

Vital Quotes:

Seasiders interim Assistant Manager, Steve Thompson on getting back on track after Tuesday's defeat

'It is a big test of character for the lads, but we've got enough of them in the dressing room and we will bounce back. We'll be fully-charged and ready to go and the lads will be ready to prove everybody wrong again because we do have ups and downs with the team, but they do love proving people wrong.'

'We're looking for a reaction from the players, whatever team we put out. If we play like we did at Coventry without the mad six minutes then we've got a chance.'

alace Manager Neil Warnock after their mid-week defeat;

'We let them get a grip on the game in the first ten or fifteen minutes and they got a goal through a mistake and then we saw some time wasting which could have seen about 15 minutes of added time let alone five.'

'We had loads of opportunities to get shots in on their goal but only ended up with two real efforts, We seem to want to pass the ball around when it seemed obvious to me that Alan Lee could beat Graeme Murty at the far post but that's life.'

Crystal Palace Team News:

Palace have an almost fully-fit squad to pick from for the visit of Blackpool. The only absentee will be defender Paddy McCarthy who is continuing his recovery from a shoulder op.

New signing Rui Fonte - having joined on a month's loan from Arsenal - could be involved at some point.

Player to watch: Paul Ifill

The midfielder is Palace's top scorer this season with 7 goals to his name and he also has had the most shots (45) out of all his team-mates.

He'll need to be closed down at all times to prevent any danger to the 'Pool back-line.

Blackpool Team News:

'Pool are to be without Keith Southern once more who is set to be ruled out for at least a month, Claus Jorgensen continues his suspension and Ben Burgess is another long-term absentee.

Stephen Crainey is doubtful having had a nasty knock on his hip against QPR that forced him off just minutes after coming off the bench while Krisztian Nemeth has returned to Liverpool for treatment on a broken cheekbone suffered just minutes into his 'Pool debut.

Skipper Rob Edwards is a doubt with a hamstring injury and, should he fail a fitness test prior to the game, Alex Baptiste is set to deputise in defence.

Loan signing from Manchester City, Paul Marshall, is set for his debut, as is the returning Brett Ormerod having signed a deal until the end of the season earlier today.

Jermain Wright could also return having come through Wednesday night's reserve game unscathed.

Player to watch: Paul Marshall

The youngster was given the man-of-the-match award in mid-week for Manchester City's 2nd string after a key performance against Newcastle's equivalent.

'Pool will be hoping that, if he does indeed start, he will impose himself on the centre of midfield and be full of tenacity and fight - something that was missing from that department (and indeed the whole team) on Tuesday evening.

Match Facts & Stats

Last time the two sides met in the league was back in October with the score ending all square at 2-2. Ian Evatt scored the leveller in the 64th minute - only his 2nd goal in 3 seasons with the Tangerines.

Last time at Selhurst Park, the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate back in the 07-08 season.

Ref Watch:

Mr. A Marriner

Match Prediction:

Crystal Palace 1-1 Blackpool. I know, I know, I predicted the same scoreline against QPR and we got trounced. But in the last 3 meetings in the league since Blackpool's promotion to the Championship, the two sides have overseen 3 consecutive draws against each other. Last time there was a victor was back in 2003 when Palace came out on top 3-1 in the Carling Cup.

Next Fixtures:

vs Doncaster Rovers (H) - February 7th.

The journalist

Writer: Jerry Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 30 2009

Time: 4:55PM


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