City Lose To Palace Again


Everyone has their breaking point and this defeat at Crystal Palace could prove one for many of the 300 City supporters who wasted an evening and a fair bit of time and effort to watch this excuse of a performance.

Micky Adams who is under greater pressure for his side to perform after the Sunday People linked George Burley as a possible replacement,made two changes from the team that had drawn with Ipswich. Richard Shaw came in for the injured Stephen Hughes and Richard Duffy in for Andy Whing as Adams opted for a defensive line-up.

It was another futile Adams tactic as Palace scored with their first attack. Wayne Andrews raced down the right and lashed a right footed shot past the diving Fulop with less than fifty seconds on the Selhurst Park clock.

The home side continued the momentum with Fulop saving to concede a corner and then gathering a third minute Watson shot.

Iain Dowie who has been linked with a role at Portsmouth, watched on as Michael Doyle won a corner. Jorgensen's kick came back to Doyle whose cross was nodded onto the roof of the net by Gary McSheffrey.

The striker who scored against Ipswich burst down the right in the 11th minute, knocked it back for Doyle to rifle a volley which the second Hungarian keeper on the pitch dived to his left to save.

Doyle seemed the best bet for a goal and he had a shot saved easily by Palace's show-boating Hungarian custodian following an 18th minute corner.

Jorgensen and Scowcroft also had chances before City won a 28th minute corner.

Marcus Hall was booked for a trip on Wayne Andrews. Thankfully the free kick resulting from this was cleared but the next attack saw Palace go further ahead thanks to Emerson Boyce bundling the ball over the line at the second attempt.

Claus Jorgensen was lively winning corners in the 40th and 42nd minutes but they came to nothing as City went into the break two goals down.

With news that City were in the bottom three,the Sky Blues were on the back foot early on.

A Scowcroft miss drew hoots of derision from the Palace fans in rhe stand to our left and groans from the City support who were still doing their best to make some noise.

The noise turned to calls for change and to loud cheers,Kevin Thornton and Andy Morrell were introduced with twenty minutes left.

Palace by now, were strolling round the pitch knowing the game was in the bag and they will not have an easier win all season.

Robert Page in the 74th minute, got booked for clattering Dougie Freedman who was replaced by Jon Macken and that was the last bit of fight we saw from City.

Richard Shaw who had been well applauded by the home fans was replaced in the 84th minute.

The final whistle after Clinton Morrison had hit the bar brought boos and chants of "Adams Out" from some of the disgruntled City supporters who were again let down by the current manager's tactical ineptitude and poor motivational skills which will take us down if not stopped.

ATT 17 343

Goals Wayne Andrews (50 sec),Emerson Boyce (33)

Marcus Hall,Robert Page

Fulop,Page,Shaw (Impey 84),Heath,Duffy,Scowcroft,Doyle,Jorgensen (Thornton 70),Hall,Adebola (Morrell 70,McSheffrey.

Subs Ince,Whing

Kiraly,Ward,McAnuff (Black 90),Freedman (Macken 75), Morrison, Watson,Borrowdale,Soares,Boyce,Andrews (Leigertwood 80),Hall