Crystal Palace News: 22/09/2013

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Joel Ward is confident that we will tactically capable of beating Swansea this afternoon, with the team having worked on a number of strategies to nullify the visitor’s fluidity in possession.

But Palace will be hoping to capitalise on any hangover from that game on Sunday as they look to build on their last home win against Sunderland.

Ward, who is doubtful for the game, said: “We know Swansea are a fluid passing side, they have got a lot of danger in their side and they keep the ball very well.

“As a team we have to make sure we are hard to break down as a group and we defend from the front.

“We expect them to have a lot of the ball as they have shown that in Europe and in their years in the top flight.

“They have beaten some of the big teams but we just have to focus on our jobs and hopefully we can hurt them when we go forward and when we counter them.”

Former Southampton striker Gordon Watson feels that the south coast side may rue the decision to let Jason Puncheon leave in the coming months.

“But where’s your ‘out’ ball – somelike like Puncheon, who could hold onto it.

“I’m not saying Jason Puncheon is Wayne Rooney, but he was a key player for us because he offered us a different option.

“Where is the pace now coming through midfield?”

Jack Cork hasn’t managed a Premier League start this season, but Watson would recall him for today’s game at Anfield – and leave record signing Dani Osvaldo out of the starting XI.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they matched Liverpool,” Watson explained.

“I would not play Osvaldo and Lambert together away from home, for sure.

“I’d play Lambert up top with Jack Cork coming in to play alongside Wanyama and Schneiderlin in a midfield three.

Wayne Routledge may be a regular cog in the Swansea midfield now, but whilst speaking to the press this week, he’s admitted that he learnt “everything he knows” from Crystal Palace.

When he joined Spurs, the fee was decided by tribunal after Palace fell out with their London rivals over the way they handled the Routledge transfer.
Then Palace owner Simon Jordan criticised both Spurs and Routledge in public — and the Swansea City winger admits what went on still hurts.
“Massively,” he added. “Palace taught me everything and I owe them more or less everything. I don’t know where I would have been without them. When I left it wasn’t on great terms but I did it for the right reasons, it is what it is and I am where I am now. Hopefully it will be a good game but, if I was to score, I would not celebrate.
“Normally I would, but not against Palace.”
Routledge is likely to return to the Swansea starting line-up tomorrow having sat on the bench during Thursday’s extraordinary win over Valencia.

Michael Laudrup isn’t taking anything for granted ahead of our meeting, stating that he expects a physical test against us after a busy week for the Welsh side.

Attention now switches to Sunday’s trip to the newly-promoted Eagles, with Laudrup hoping for a second win on the road in the league.
“Valencia, unfortunately, is gone for me. I say unfortunately because you want to enjoy it a little more, but I can’t because we are focussed on Crystal Palace,” said Laudrup.
“We are back in Premier League action, and we face a new side to the division who know they need to get a lot of their points at home.
“I expect them to be a physical side, and they will try to take advantage of any possible tiredness from us. So they will be looking to keep the tempo up.
“They have done well so far. They already have a win on the board, which is very important. It will be a tough test up there for us.”

Ian Holloway feels that changes have to be made in FA regulations relating to manager’s comments, with Alex Ferguson apparently the ideal candidate to force the point home.

However, the Crystal Palace manager admits he doesn’t have enough clout to make a difference — but reckons Ferguson does.

The Scot retired as Manchester United boss in May, after 27 glorious years, and Holloway believes he is the only man rule-makers will listen to.

Holloway, whose side host Swansea today, said: “We need to stand up for what we need and, now Sir Alex has retired, he would be a brilliant one to actually say what’s wrong with the game.

“It would be fantastic if we could give him a great big banner to carry on behalf of all us managers.

“Go on, Fergie, smash them!”

Julian Speroni is over the moon to be back in the Premier League, with his family now able to watch him play every week back in Argentina.

“Everyone knows what it means to be in the Premier League – more money, more gates, more television, more everything,” he says.

“And my family are a lot happier being able to see me every week.”

It’s the biggest stage he’s been on and Speroni is determined to make the most of it.

“I’d watch the Premier League in Argentina and I always wanted to try my luck here.

“I have never been tempted to go home.

“I wanted to succeed here because I love everything about English football.”

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