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Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak has been named in Australia’s 24-player provisional squad for the upcoming international friendly matches against France and Canada next month, the second of which will be played at Fulham’s Craven Cottage home.
Former West Ham and Milwall defender Lucas Neill is set to equal Peter Wilson’s record of 60 matches as Socceroos captain should he lead his country out against both France and Canada.
The international friendly against France will be played at the Parc de Princes, Paris on Friday, October 11 2013, while Fulham’s stadium will be the venue for the Canada game on Tuesday, October 15 at 8pm.
Our development squad will take on Worthing in a friendly on Friday evening, as the fringe players look to keep up their match fitness, in much the same manner as they did against Colchester on Tuesday.
WORTHING Football Club have arranged a prestigious friendly match against Crystal Palace’s under-21 on Friday evening at Woodside Road.
Rebels moved quickly to arrange the match after their scheduled Ryman League South Division match against Folkestone on Saturday was postponed due to their opponent’s FA Cup commitments.
The match gives Rebels a chance to keep in action ahead of their Ryman League Cup match away at Peacehaven next Wednesday, before they travel AFC Sudbury on October 5.
DAMIEN Delaney will miss Crystal Palace’s trip to Southampton on Saturday with a sprained ankle.
And the Irish defender is also facing a battle to be fit for Liverpool away the following weekend.
Palace physio Alex Manos said: “Damien has got a sprained ankle and there is some ligament damage in there.
“At the moment he is in a protective boot, we are trying to settle it down and let it heal. So he is not available for the weekend.
“He is doubtful for next weekend. We’ll try and see if it is possible to accelerate his rehab but we’re probably looking at after the Liverpool game.”
“They beat us more comfortably than Tottenham did, and my young son pointed out that Michu ‘scores when he wants’.
“Because KG was suspended and Joel Ward out injured, we may have had too many people out on the pitch at one time, but the circumstances forced that upon us.
“Ian (Holloway) thought the team would do well, so you don’t know if it was Swansea being too good or us having an off-day.
“And it’s always difficult when you’re the underdogs and concede early. I think Swansea can easily finish in the top ten, and they’re going to be challenging the likes of Liverpool and Everton perhaps.
“They’re a club we absolutely respect and would like to emulate, because they were at the bottom of League Two around ten years ago.
“Their progress under people who genuinely care for the club, and they haven’t been crazy in ploughing money into it – they’ve done it the right way.
“It’s something Palace have got to look at and respect. I’d like to think if we survive this season, we can push on in a couple of years’ time and we can be as good as them.”
In the wake of Wilfried Zaha’s struggle to establish himself in David Moyes’ plans at Manchester United, I’ve looked at why it might serve both him and us well to cool our interest in his progress at Old Trafford.
I’m as sentimental as any supporter you’ll find. I love the fact that Nathaniel Clyne is now an established Premier League defender, I’m over the moon to see Victor Mosessettling in well at Liverpool after an uncertain spell at Stamford Bridge, and I was bursting with pride when Ben Watson netted the FA Cup final winning goal for Wigan last season, but mixed in with all of that, is an awareness of the fact that they are no longer an active part of our club, and may never be again.
There is no doubt in my mind, that Alex Ferguson’s decision to hang up his hair dryer and the subsequent arrival of David Moyes as his replacement, has had a detrimental effect on Zaha’s immediate progress. With any new manager, there is an inevitably tentative theme to their decision-making, at a club the size of Manchester United, where the baggage of the previous manager’s incredible achievements will always be remembered, that urge for caution could quite easily transform into paralysing fear without much encouragement.
Wilfried Zaha was Alex Ferguson’s parting gift to the club. Purchased for a potential £15 million following rave reviews from his son Darren after Wilf ripped his Peterborough side to shreds, he would undoubtedly have enjoyed working with the winger, had he decided to battle on for another season in the dug-out. Buoyed by his own status at the club, I’m sure he’d have used Zaha in the first-team by this point, unfazed by the potential for failure, driven on by his belief in challenging his players, but as of yet, Moyes seems understandably cautious in his tactical approach, walking a figurative high-wire in a bid to prove his worth to the baying masses.
It would give me a great deal of pride to see Wilf establish himself in United’s first-team. For him, it would be the culmination of a decade’s hard work, whilst for our own academy set-up, it would provide yet another feather in their cap. That being said, it may well be in our best interests, particularly during the current campaign, to not worry unduly about his progress. He will get his chance, and when he does, it will be down to him to grab it.
“No matter how much fitness work you do or training, it’s not the same as match time, so that was the emphasis from the manager and it was good to get some minutes under my belt,” he said.
“It’s hard to play at that level, because we’re going to be the dominant force against Colchester and sometimes it’s not realistic, but we just tried to implement what the manager wants for the first team.
“I felt good, although I was blowing a bit in the first half. Once I got going I was fine though, and after we went 3-0 up, it was more a case of being professional.
“In those sort of games you just want to make sure you come off injury-free.”
Thomas came on as second half substitute against Swansea City last Sunday, a side he describes as a “great example for British football”.
“It was good to be back but I think the game was already lost if I’m being honest,” he said.
“The lads didn’t look too confident, they looked like they were already beaten, and that’s what the gaffer said.
“He wasn’t happy with the response when we went 1-0 down, and I totally agree with him.
“You know what Swansea are about. The gaffer hasn’t been shy in saying that’s the level we want to get to either.
“You see where they’ve come from to where they are now, I think they’re a great example for British football.