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Palace friendly

Post by Kerry Blue » Sat Jul 16, 2022 12:02 pm

It's half time and Town 3-0 down and on YouTube if anyone is interested, strong palace side.

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Re: Palace friendly

Post by shabba » Sat Jul 16, 2022 1:36 pm

Not the worst result. Surprised it was on YouTube so thanks for that info, only watched last 20mins. We didn’t seem that bad.

I missed the Aluko goal, who got the other?

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Re: Palace friendly

Post by Kerry Blue » Sat Jul 16, 2022 1:52 pm

Dom Ball scored the first although we were four down we created plenty of chances, I'm hoping we can see the Wimbledon game later.

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Re: Palace friendly

Post by shabba » Sat Jul 16, 2022 2:16 pm

Don’t think it’ll be on YouTube, iFollow etc.

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Re: Palace friendly

Post by Bluemike » Sat Jul 16, 2022 2:24 pm

Town continued their pre-season schedule with a hard-fought defeat against Crystal Palace.

Dom Ball and Sone Aluko were on target for the Blues at the Eagles' training ground, with a Luke Plange hat-trick and Christian Benteke strike securing victory for the clinical Premier League Londoners.


Kieran McKenna's side started brightly in the capital, with George Edmundson dealing with some early pressure from Wilfried Zaha before Cameron Humphreys miscued his shot from Wes Burns’ cross at the other end.

Two goals in three minutes saw the hosts move into the ascendancy, though. First, Plange found the bottom corner from inside the box following a pass from Benteke. The same combination reaped the same result moments later, the former finishing from close range after the Belgium international had unselfishly played the ball across the face of the goal.

The Blues regrouped, however, and enjoyed the vast majority of possession and chances for the remainder of the first half.

Rekeem Harper tested Palace 'keeper Owen Goodman from the edge of the box before, midway through the opening period, Ball glanced an in-swinging Aluko corner inches wide of the far corner.

Aluko went close himself upon the half-hour mark, his free-kick sailing just past the post with Goodman flatfooted.

Humphreys’ right-footed effort, coming after beating two men, drifted narrowly wide of the bottom corner shortly afterwards, with Kayden Jackson curling just over the bar a minute later.

Palace made it 3-0 just before the break, with Benteke collecting a lofted through ball before firing into the back of the net.

The hosts extended their lead further following the restart, with Plange bringing down a perfectly-timed pass from Zaha before finishing past Vaclav Hladky to complete his hat-trick.


Town could’ve pulled one back five minutes later but, after Burns had delivered a cross to the back post, Matt Penney volleyed wide.

The Blues did get on the scoresheet with 20 minutes remaining, though, with Ball nodding an Aluko free-kick into the bottom corner.

Aluko doubled Town’s tally eight minutes later with a sublime strike, firing a loose ball on the edge of the area into the top corner of Palace’s goal.

That was to be the last action of note, with Nick Hayes, introduced alongside Fraser Alexander late on, making a smart save in the closing stages to prevent a fifth for the hosts.

Palace: Goodman (Whitworth 46’), D. Boateng (Addae 77'), Ferguson (Sheridan 46’), Guehi (Wells-Morrison 70’), Watson (Bartley 70’), Doucoure (Hughes 46’), Eze (Mooney 88'), Schlupp (Riedewald 77'), Plange (Cadogan 70’), Benteke (Gordon 70’), Zaha (Vigor 88').

Subs: Omilabu.

Town: Hladky (Hayes 87'), Donacien, Edmundson (Alexander 87'), Ndaba, Penney, Burns, Ball, Harper, Humphreys (Chirewa 70’), Aluko (C), Jackson (Buabo 70’).
Sounds like a decent effort against a pretty strong Palace side, created plenty of chances which is pleasing.

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Re: Palace friendly

Post by ashfordblue » Sat Jul 16, 2022 6:04 pm

A Strong Palace side showed their premier class here and went through Town's defense like a knife through butter, BUT a good late comeback made the 4-2 score a little more respectable, a very good training exercise for Town and will do some of the Under 23's a lot of good and give KM more insight for his squad team to play Bolton in the opener in a couple of weeks

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Re: Palace friendly

Post by number 9 » Sun Jul 17, 2022 10:39 am

I know these are just pre season friendlies, but is anyone concerned that we're leaking so many goals? I'm not sure what to think, but one of our downfalls last season was submitting leads to silly mistakes in defense. Has/is that being addressed???

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Re: Palace friendly

Post by Bluemike » Sun Jul 17, 2022 11:12 am

I think I'm right in saying we've only leaked goals against 3Premier League sides? To be honest I'm not worried at all, in fact after watching us against West Ham and Reading the Palace report I'm very buoyed by our pre season, results don't matter at all, I've seen it for 50 years now, they are just a build ip and fitness thing while we tinker with options etc, KM said exactly that in his interview yesterday. On that subject the one comment he made that really pleased me was when he said " At one nil up we need to go for more and that is very much a feature of the coming season" or words to that effect, no sitting back on solitary goal leads. Bring it on.

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Re: Palace friendly

Post by AzzurroMark » Sun Jul 17, 2022 12:11 pm

number 9 wrote:
Sun Jul 17, 2022 10:39 am
I know these are just pre season friendlies, but is anyone concerned that we're leaking so many goals? I'm not sure what to think, but one of our downfalls last season was submitting leads to silly mistakes in defense. Has/is that being addressed???
I agree with Mike's comments here. We faced pretty strong line ups in games against 3 Premier League top twelve finishing sides. Palace played with Benteke and Saha (as well as other first teamers), and the latter of those players terrorised many a top flight team's defence last season! The character we showed to score 2 second half goals (having been 4 -0 down) pleased me, as it would suggest a resilience about the side and possibly a higher degree of fitness!
Likewise West Ham and Arsenal had some very capable first team players in their line ups.
In truth we are not going to come up against sides of that quality or who excel at possession-based football in L1 this season. However, we are likely to face more of the Wimbledon mould, a game which I believe we totally dominated, albeit with the age-old inability to really convert chances.

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Re: Palace friendly

Post by JohnnyB » Sun Jul 17, 2022 4:01 pm

AzzurroMark wrote:
Sun Jul 17, 2022 12:11 pm
number 9 wrote:
Sun Jul 17, 2022 10:39 am
I know these are just pre season friendlies, but is anyone concerned that we're leaking so many goals? I'm not sure what to think, but one of our downfalls last season was submitting leads to silly mistakes in defense. Has/is that being addressed???
I agree with Mike's comments here. We faced pretty strong line ups in games against 3 Premier League top twelve finishing sides. Palace played with Benteke and Saha (as well as other first teamers), and the latter of those players terrorised many a top flight team's defence last season! The character we showed to score 2 second half goals (having been 4 -0 down) pleased me, as it would suggest a resilience about the side and possibly a higher degree of fitness!
Likewise West Ham and Arsenal had some very capable first team players in their line ups.
In truth we are not going to come up against sides of that quality or who excel at possession-based football in L1 this season. However, we are likely to face more of the Wimbledon mould, a game which I believe we totally dominated, albeit with the age-old inability to really convert chances.
I think we can be pleased with the pre-season performances so far. I know I raised a small concern after the Arse game but subsequent games have given us plenty to be quietly optimistic about. One way of looking at it is, shipping goals in pre-season gives everyone an opportunity to assess how and why they happened - and as AM says, these were from top-quality strikers

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