Back in the Day: February 7th - Nigel Pearson Chokes James McArthur
Saturday 7th February 1987
Stoke City 3-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 13,154
Manager: Steve Coppell
Saturday 7th February 2004
Sheffield United 0-3 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 23,816
Manager: Iain Dowie
13th place Crystal Palace visited 3rd placed Sheffield United, but the Eagles had taken 10 points from the last 12 and were on the charge.
Andy Johnson (42) stabbed home from close range to give the visitors the lead just before the break before Tony Popovic (57) made it 2-0 just before the half hour, tapping into an empty net after Paddy Kenny had flapped at a Wayne Routledge cross. Neil Shipperley (87) finished the Blades off late on from close range as talk of the Play-Offs started to heat up in SE25.
Saturday 7th February 2015
Leicester City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Premier League – Att: 31,695
Manager: Alan Pardew
Joe Ledley (55) scored the only goal of the game and was backed up by a great Julian Speroni performance:
But Nigel Pearson stole the headlines on the day for “choking” James McArthur:
Shockingly, Pearson was not banned. If that had been Alan Pardew, there is no doubt that the FA would have thrown the book at him.
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