SAM HAY – CRYS­TAL PALACE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SO, here we go again. The Palace roller­coaster is in full flow as per usual.

Af­ter a pos­i­tive start to Ian Hol­loway’s ten­ure as man­ager, things haven’t been so great lately.

Hav­ing our goal dif­fer­ence oblit­er­ated by con­ced­ing 11 goals over five games – and all the while scor­ing none – our au­to­matic pro­mo­tion hopes are out of the win­dow and we are cling­ing on to the play-offs by the skin of our teeth. Though we took the lead – our first goal in over eight hours of foot­ball – it was soon ap­par­ent that our de­fen­sive frail­ties had by no means dis­ap­peared.

The team just doesn’t seem to gel any­more. Sel­hurst was rock­ing in the sun­shine, but there wasn’t much to boost the con­fi­dence that we still are gen­uine pro­mo­tion con­tenders in the di­vi­sion.

It was never go­ing to be easy try­ing to re­place Dougie Freed­man, but Hol­loway has di­vided opin­ion among the fans in a way that hasn’t been seen here for some time.

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