View from the South Stand - Crystal Palace 27/09/11
Brighton and Hove Albion host their best friends Crystal
Palace on Tuesday evening as the Amex gets to experience
its first real derby atmosphere.
We asked Stephen Bridle
- Web Editor at www.fiveyearplanfanzine.co.uk
to answer some questions for us ahead of this gigantic match.
is obviously the first game we looked out for when the fixtures
came out. What are the excitement levels around Sellhurst
think it was very much the same for us, especially for this
fixture - knowing everyone who wanted a ticket wouldn't
be able to get one. But the club have laid on a beam-back
event at Selhurst Park for those who couldn't get hold of
a ticket so hopefully they'll be able to enjoy the game
anyway. Excitement is high here, but expectations are varied
- so whatever happens someone's going to be surprised.
we're going to have to talk about Glenn Murray. How has
he began life for Palace and what is the general fan reaction
only scored one in four starts for Palace so far this
season, but has come close on quite a few occasions and
I'm sure it's just a matter of time for him. He quickly
endeared himself to Palace fans with a few match running
performances. He's been played as a lone striker a few
times and had a magnificent game against Wigan in that
role. He really ran Palace's entire attack: holding up
to ball, making some clever runs and bringing the best
out of the midfield.
have a very good track record for brining through good,
young players. Who are the latest on the production line
we should be looking out for?
the moment it'd be Wilfried Zaha and Jon Williams. The
duo have recently signed long-term deals with the club,
which is promising as we're getting a bit fed up of Premiership
clubs coming in and taking the best of our youngsters.
Zaha plays with England U19s every now and then and "Joniesta"
Williams - as his former youth team colleagues have dubbed
him on account on his skill and the way he plays the game
- plays for Wales U21s. Out
of the two, you're most likely to see Zaha on Tuesday
evening. He's really gone on to cement his place in the
first team this season after breaking on to the scene
proper last year. He's scored three so far this term,
but the main threat the 18-year-old poses is the ability
to take on multiple players before delivering a dangerous
ball across the face of goal from the byline. You've been
few eyebrows were raised down here when Dougie Freedman
got the gig but unfortunately he seems to be making a
decent stab of things. How far do you think he can go
as a manager?
owners have heavily implied that Dougie's appointment
was one made for the long haul and that whatever would've
happened last season, were we to be relegated for instance,
that he was safe in his job. He's obviously a Palace legend
so he was instantly accepted by the fans, even if a few
were a little sceptical to begin with. I
think he's done a good job so far and I think he'll go
on to be a great manager. It's a position he's settled
into quickly and quite naturally, but he's only just started
so we'll have to wait and see how he gets on in his first
full season in charge. One
positive to having him in charge at the moment is he knows
the importance of tomorrow's fixture to the fans, having
played in a few Palace v Brighton games himself - and
scoring a few times in the process.
obviously got our shiny new stadium. Can we be expecting
to visit a new Palace ground anytime soon?
part of the new owners' plan to move the club back to
its spiritual home in Crystal Palace Park at the site
of the current national athletics track. Though we haven't
had much news on the project recently, last season we
were treated to an announcement with a few pictures of
a very modern looking 25,000 seater stadium with a view
to build the foundations deep enough to allow an expansion
of up to 40,000.They've
said we could expect to be sitting in a brand-spanking-new
stadium as early as 2015. I'm a little more pessimistic
then they are concerning the date, but am looking forward
to it all the same. It's going to be difficult to leave
Selhurst Park with all its history and atmosphere - but
we can't always let tradition get in the way of progress.
Sometimes you have to rip the plaster off quickly.
should we be looking out for in the Palace side on Tuesday
See answer to question three. Wilfried Zaha.
Jordan has mainly be regarded as an extremely strong word
that we couldn't possibly use on a family friendly website.
What is his standing among Palace fans now that he has
he was in charge we pretty much thought the same thing.
He treated fans not as supporters, but as customers. Then
managed to go and get the club into £20m of debt,
and nearly put us out of business for good. You
can't fault him for the money he put into the club, and
lost, and he accepted a penny in the pound as a creditor
when the new owners saved the club from extinction. Having
said that he's still a massive knob, with a personality
about as appealing as sitting on a particularly prickly
do you think Palace will be finishing this season and
what would be considered a success?
I think after the previous two seasons it'll
be considered a success if we avoid a scrappy relegation
battle. It was hard not to hope for a little more after
we had a pretty decent start to the season that saw us
hovering around the play-off places, but that soon faded
having lost our last three games in the league - though
we have had a little more luck in the cup. I
expect that we'll probably finish somewhere around midtable,
which will do just nicely for me!
much do you know about this Brighton and Hove Albion side?
We know enough to know that we need to be a bit wary.
You've just been promoted and moved to a new stadium so
you have the momentum at the moment and that's translated
into your current league position. Not bad. In
terms of seeing you play football, the two televised games
last week gave us a little bit of a glimpse into what
we might expect to see come Tuesday. I have to say Poyet
has really got you lot playing the game nicely and I was
impressed with the spirit your players showed after going
passed on Bridcutt - who had a bit of a trial with us
before travelling to the south coast - which now looks
as if it was a mistake. He's turned into a good player.
Obviously everyone knows Vicente and you've got quite
a bit of talent throughout your squad, but Palace have
got some real talent as well - we've just yet to settle
in a real starting XI. With a little more consistency
you'll see us come good by the end of the season.
a score predicition please (no 5-0's either!)
though, I think it'll end a draw. Hopefully an exciting
one. I just don't see us not conceding away from home,
but I can't bring myself to predict a Brighton win! We're
facing you at a time when you've just come off a long
unbeaten run, and you haven't won in three games - which
is good from our point of view. We've won one in our last
few, but are on poor form in the league. Though your recent
results may not be an indication of the way you've been
playing, hopefully that vein of bad luck will continue
for you! Brighton
thanks to Stephen for his insight into the forthcoming
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