Back in the Day: May 16th - Crystal Palace Gatecrash Steve Gerrard's Anfield Farewell
Thursday 16th May 2013
Tickets for the Play-Off Final go on sale and Martin Atkinson is announced as the appointed referee for the contest with Watford.
Saturday 16th May 2015
Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace
Premier League – Att: 44,673
Manager: Alan Pardew
Steven Gerrard was playing his final game at Anfield after 17 seasons, 710 appearances and 186 goals. It was a party atmosphere in the build up to the game, the Kop end displayed their Captain’s name and when Adam Lallana gave the hosts the lead after 26 minutes, it looked like it was going to be the perfect afternoon in Scouse-land – Palace had other ideas.
Two minutes before the break Yannick Bolasie was bought down by Emre Can on the edge of the penalty area, one of many fouls from the German on the day who miraculously escaped a second yellow on several occasions. Jason Puncheon placed the ball and famously pulled his shirt up over his face – which later started a Twitter trend of ‘Do the Puncheon’ – and discussed his masterplan with Scott Dann. The defender went and stood on the end of the wall and Puncheon curled his free kick straight at his head. Dann ducked, Mignolet took a step to the other side of the goal and the ball whipped into the back of the net in exactly the place where the Liverpool stopper had been standing. The look on Dann’s face when he saw it go in was on of disbelief that it had actually worked.
On 59 minutes Alan Pardew pulled a substitution masterstroke. Wilfried Zaha (60) replaced Chung-Yong Lee and promptly wandered into the penalty and got on the end of a Yannick Bolasie cross to give the visitors the lead. Pardew could not keep the grin from his face.
With Liverpool over trying in order to stop a losing end to Gerrard’s Anfield career, Palace took control of the game and the killer third goal eventually came in stoppage time. Zaha skilled his man on the wide edge of the penalty and drew a foul, winning a penalty. Glenn Murray (90+1) saw his effort saved by Mignolet, but the ball bounced straight back to him for an easy tap in. With that, Palace completed a first league double over Liverpool in 22 years and saw Pardew end the season with 8 wins from 10 away games since he took charge in January.
Monday 16th May 2016
FA Cup Final build-up is in full flow.
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