VIDEO: Watch Both Of Palace’s Goals From Their Win Over Stevenage

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Crystal Palace continued their unbeaten start to pre-season with goals from Jonathan Williams and Sullay Kaikai seeing the Eagles come from behind to beat Stevenage 2-1. 

Roy Hodgson selected an XI mixed with first-teamers and academy regulars and was eventually rewarded for the faith he showed with Kaikai’s late winner. 

Possibly the biggest headline was the selection of Vicente Guaita, who got his first 90 minutes in a Palace shirt and tasted victory into the bargain. Of course, it would be foolish to put too much importance on pre-season results but alongside that sense of caution, I see no reason not to be happy with the resilience the group have shown in recent weeks. 

From a personal perspective, the sight of Jonny Williams getting regular minutes and bagging an impressive volleyed goal along the way warms the soul; leading me to hope that he can finally begin to put his personal injury hell behind him and feature regularly in Roy Hodgson’s match-day squads between now and May. 

Whilst Stevenage themselves tinkered significantly with their team throughout the course of the evening, it was lovely to see Sullay Kaikai grab the winning goal late on, following a beautifully directed ball in from the left-hand side courtesy of Jason Lokilo. 

The academy graduate who spent time on loan with our south London neighbours Charlton last season has now scored three goals in three games during pre-season, prompting many to suggest that he deserves a shot at first-team success under Hodgson’s guidance. He’s never quite looked ready to make the step up to Premier League level in the past but you cannot fault the performances he’s put in since returning from the summer break. 

I’ll never allow myself to get carried away with the ups and downs of a pre-season fixture list but it’s certainly nicer to see the boys getting that winning feeling on a regular basis as we build up to the start of the Premier League season; long may it continue. 

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2 Comments

  • terence carter July 25, 2018 - 7:54 am Reply

    on a wider view.if reports are correct,i ask this question.if i was wilf would i want to stay with a club,with no vision.do u really think this ragbag team is going to put palace in midtable,i certainly do not.parish is left with big decision to make.either spend now,or panic buy in january.for me unless benteke re-discovers pasxt glories,we are in serious trouble.before anything bis said im a realist,and my instinct does not bode well.and if this really is the state of play.why bother with freedman,what the hell has he done to earn his corn.

  • Gordon July 25, 2018 - 10:51 pm Reply

    The way I see it, Terence, some young talent has got to come through & be given a chance. Unless we try them we won’t know. As I’ve said previously, we need to sort out some loan deals and I’m really gutted that Fulham managed to get Schurrle on loan. He would have been a tremendous addition to our squad.

    I’m also sad to read that Jachis likely to leave us on loan – not because I think he’s good enough to play a role in our first team squad (tbh he’s not been given a chance so maybe it’s an unanswered question) but because it would suggest that he wasn’t a good buy. £2.5m may seem a smallish sum these days but it’s not a sum we can afford to waste (and remember he was bought on Roy Hodgson’s watch). Maybe we’ll receive a loan fee but I don’t think it’s likely. Whatever, we’re not overladen with CBs so if he leaves we’ll need to recruit another or bring a youngster through. Is Sam Woods ready to join the first team squad? He is 20 in September, Tbh I can’t remember when or if we’ve brought an academy CB through to the first team. With the under 23s & under 18s both winning their leagues last season, surely there must be some talent to filter through to the first team squad – otherwise why have them? Huddersfield got rid of theirs I think and now rely on buying their talent in. I’d prefer us to find and nurture young talent in the hope we’ll get some gems for the first team and (importantly) to sell on at some stage to keep us afloat.

    Contrary to your view, I feel we are a club with vision – we are planning a superb stadium redevelopment to generate more income that will allow us to deal better in the transfer market, overcoming the financial fair play restrictions that limit how much we can spend. In the short term we need to keep Wilf and add as best we can. You question what Parish & Freedman are doing. The truth is we don’t know and how would we? But we’ve got to trust them to do the best they can for the club. Parish’s record – the way he’s transformed our club over just a few years is remarkable. The lack of visible activity in the transfer market doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t any. Hard work doesn’t always produce results.

    You talk about the prospect of Benteke rediscovering his form in a pessimistic tone. His form in 2016/17 was good. His form last year was dire. Why shouldn’t he rediscover his form? He’s a good player and I trust Hodgson & Lewington to get the best out of him this season.

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