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The opposition view: Crystal Palace

Filed: Monday, 10th December 2018
By: Staff Writer

The Glaziers/Eagles/Nigels (delete as appropriate) returned to South London empty-handed following defeat against Manuel Pellegrini's rapidly-improving West Ham.

But what did their fans make of the game? Well, wonder no more - find out right here, right now in a bumper edition of the OV...

"I thought we played well the first half. Jimmy Mac, Andros and AWB all played well until HT. We did seem to want to cling on to 1-0 from very early on. We started the second half well but didn't capitalise on a good spell. As soon as they scored it all went to pot. Everyone was rubbish. Ayew was close to useless when he came on. Even in the last 10 minutes, there was no sense of urgency and we continued to play as if it was the first 10 minutes. Not good at all. And the pitch seemed far away from row 60."
- Dixie Eagle

I thought we played well today, could have gone in two-nil up at half time and when they equalised we came out and dominated them. Then it went away, it could easily have been different. We are not a bad side, the loss of Cabaye and RLC has hurt us plus injuries to Benteke and Connor, and it seems they won't be shelling out big money for a striker in Jan either."
- collier row eagle

"We should have shown more intent after going a goal up but ultimately they had a few players who know where the goal is and we don't. Tomkins' silly foul on Carroll was the real turning point in the game but Anderson was given forever to curl his shot in the top corner. Sakho, Kouyate and McArthur were decent, but the rest of the team rubbish. We need to play with a centre forward and mix things up a bit but also have a squad devoid of attacking nous."
- Rachid Rachid Rachid

"Not excusing Tomkins for arguing, but Carroll clearly tripped himself up. Well it was clear to everyone except the person making the decision two yards away..."
- meee

"Got punished for two lapses of concentration. Someone should have gone with chicorito [sic] from the freekick, and someone should have been closer to Anderson. Sadly in both cases I think it was AWB. Apart from that I thought we defended well and scored a couple. WH didn't have that many chances but have the players to take them. How many goals do you think chicorito [sic] would score in our side?"
- spartakev2

"We are fast becoming the muggins of this division. We are being thought of as a six-pointer by those around us on the table. Our naivety of play and tactics is astonishing, it's like watching a newsreel from the '50's. We are so predicable that others clubs already know how we'll play and are more than ready to counteract us. Our squad depth is appalling, a reflection of our recruiting. Most of our benchers would struggle to make teams at Championship clubs (which is where we're headed if we don't turn things around). I don't blame Roy for that but he is answerable for the tactics and he's resistant to make changes when the match is crying out for it. This last week's results have been difficult to swallow in light of the team's performance, but I still sense from the players, management and to some extent, some fans a laissez-faire attitude that things will work out in the end. Maybe, but don't bet on it!"
- Texas Eagle

"Two of their goals were great strikes outside of the box, the other a goal poacher's goal (we don’t have a goal poacher). Incredibly we score two goals from open play away from home and STILL find a way to lose. Parish has failed in the transfer market regarding attacking options and we can only hope that something is done in January. If ever we needed a shot in the arm it’s now."
- Maine Eagle

"They did nothing whatsoever in the first half and we had the game under control. Second half though was a shit show in defending. Boom, Snodgrass gets lucky. Then Carroll clearly falls over his own feet, Hennessy makes the save from the resulting free kick and what you call a striker follows up and turns the game on its head. Wish we had one of those. The one West Ham player that impressed me is Anderson, he was the only one that worried me and guess what? He pops and scores a beauty. Wish we had one of those as well. Lastly to anyone in the media or other supporters who moan about how difficult Selhurst is to get too - well fuck off. Yesterday’s experience at the Taxpayers Stadium was awful. It took me 45 minutes to get on a train once full time had come. What a joke. By the way that stadium will always be a sterile, soulless bowl, the Hamsters have seriously been dildo’d by the dildo brothers. They will eventually lose their identity and I couldn’t care less. "
- alexcpfc

"West Ham never looked like scoring until Snodgrass got lucky with a strike that rarely goes in like it did. Palace looked comfortable until that happened which is typical of the luck that we are having summed up by Luka hitting the bar and it bouncing to safety with Fabianski nowhere near saving it. That would have given us a 2-0 lead to take into the second half. Palace ran an in-form West Ham side very close and deserved something for their efforts."
- hdeagle

"We have played well in most of our games, but today and Tuesday we were poor against two very beatable teams. Nothing to do with luck, we have had very similar performances against the above and Bournemouth. All away, all beatable."
- bodger

"I thought our build-up play was good today. Difference was the brilliant Anderson, and lucky free kick/goal situation for 2-1. We were on the ropes but did well to get back into it. Townsend tired at 60 mins. No doubt we need some reinforcements. Frustrating not to see more down the wings and crosses as I doubt West Ham would've dealt with arial pressure in the box."
- iceicepalace

"WTF is up with Tonka lately? Tuesday he was awful, today far better but gave a stupid FK away, albeit a bit soft, for their second and getting himself booked AFTER the game to get a suspension is ridiculous. Showing a big of passion is one thing, being a dickhead and getting suspended deserves a fine."
- Martin H

"Tough one as I don't think Roy's the man, but the he hasn't been backed and as some of us highlighted at the start of the season this team is weaker than last season's. The problem is if some of the players ain't giving 100% because Hodgson has lost some of the dressing room then he'll have to go. Can't afford to just give games up now before the window opens. Poxy modern football. This feels like Peter Taylor's reign all over. Seeing lots of comments of people just don't care anymore. To get Hodgson losing the dressing room. Parish is in danger of losing the fanbase. I'm sick and tired of the total mismanagement especially at the start of every season where we leave ourselves totally underprepared and then have to fire fight in January."
- Wycombe Eagle#2

That strike force (Chicharito, Carroll, Arnautovic, Yarmolenko) is absolutely the difference, they’ve invested in their attack and we haven’t. They’re shopping in Harrods and we’re rooting around in the bins behind Poundland."
- Canterbury Palace

"If you give a player of Felipe Anderson's quality that amount of time and space and he has the opportunity to score a worldie. Other teams would have closed his down ..."
- xian1

"Beaten by a couple of screamers to be fair, defo a game of two halves. Onwards & upwards next week."
- braunstoneagle

"We need to have an off the record chat with Big Sam and ask him how much he needs in Jan and what stay up bonus he needs and then have a real think."
- wawman_15

"The old fart Hodgson is stinking the place out now."
- HolmesdaleRoad

"Look on the bright side. We are still not in the bottom three ..."
- davech

"We are the side that keeps on giving. We will be giving up our Premier League status as well. Absolute rubbish."
- 55 years a fan

* Comments originally posted at holmesdale.net and cpfc.org

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