Crystal Palace vs. Doncaster Rovers, Selhurst Park, 27/11/10
Following a messy encounter between Palace and Sheffield United last week, the only change that will be truly welcomed is the rotation of referee, after Anthony Taylor misjudged a few decisions which ultimately cost Palace the match. Enough said, lets not conjour up any more ill feeling.
However, maybe more worrying than the standard of refereeing at this level is the timing of captain Paddy McCarthy’s groin injury which will certainly prevent any action this week and for the next 4 preceding. Solid as a rock at the back, the Eagles crumbled in the latter stages in the televised match on Saturday without his impetus. Adam Barrett is likely to return to the side again to link up with Claude Davis as Anthony Gardner struggles with a back injury.
Another casualty from the loss at Brammal Lane is Owen Garvan who stupidly but understandably lost the plot at the awarding of a United penalty and vented his frustrations at Taylor who brandished two quickfire bookings. Andy Dorman or Allesane N’Diaye could step into the centre of midfield as Palace should welcome back Darren Ambrose, who has recovered from a slight hamstring strain.
As for Doncaster, Dennis De Souza could make his debut after recieving international clearance to participate while defenders Adam Lockwood and Shelton Martis return after foot and groin injuries respectively.
Fresh from an unlucky draw against high-flying Swansea, James Hayter will look to score in his 6th consecutive game tomorrow as Doncaster look for another victim to predate as their incline towards the play-offs continue as Palace sit dangerously in 23rd place.
Having not won in 3 meetings against Rovers, Palace will seek revenge following a convincing 3-0 drubbing at Selhurst last year. John Oster, who cried out for his contract to be paid off sharpish subsequent to his departure while Palace were in harsh financial circumstances will expect a fierce reception from the Holmesdale Fanatics.
With only 8 league meetings between the sides, history is sure to be made on a normal November night in the Capital with both teams desperately requiring points.
Kieran Djilali celebrates Palace’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw in February