Dover 0-4 Palace
It was like men against boys as Crystal Palace avoided a potential FA Cup banana skin at the Crabble with a very professional 4-0 win over plucky non-league Dover Athletic. A first half brace from Scott Dann and second half goal from Dwight Gayle and Kevin Doyle, his first in a Palace shirt saw the Premier League side through as the Conference team failed to get to grips with the extra quality of Alan Pardew’s men.
I think that was enough clichés. So let’s take a look at the players that came in for the first team regulars.
I was a goalkeeper and as a kid I played for a team that used to win 20-0 every other week. During these games I used to sit down and read a book. The Palace number two could almost have done the same here. He did not have one save to make, caught a couple of crosses and that was all she wrote. He can legitimately just fold his kit up, stick it in his bag and wear it again next week as there was not a single bit of dirt on it come the full time whistle.
Verdict: Impossible to say if he should be replacing Jules based on this performance.
The forgotten man almost. After his performance against West Ham earlier this season he was added to the Flying High Magazine “shit list” and shipped out on loan to Blackpool with many thinking that we’d never see him again. Alas we were wrong and here he was back in the first team.
It was everything that you expect from a Stuart O’Keefe performance. Full of energy, hustling all over the field and he also got forward and missed his customary good chance, which he really should have scored.
Verdict: I don’t want to slag him off. He is what he is, a Championship player at best. He had a decent enough game here but gave the ball away a fair amount and missed his chance to score. I can’t see him bothering the first team midfielders.
Many people’s man of the match but if I am honest I am not sure what all of the fuss was about. Yes he bossed the midfield, but it was against a non-league midfield that couldn’t get close to a man that has played most of his career in the Premier League. He should be bossing this match.
Dover couldn’t get up for it whatever reason and failed to exert any pressure and Barry took advantage like you would expect. No more, no less.
Credit where it is due, his pass to release Thomas for the fourth goal was lovely.
Verdict: I certainly think that he is knocking on the door of the first team. He has a good eye and he can put in corner kicks, which no one else seems to be able to do in our team. However, I cannot get too carried away with this performance on the grounds of the opposition. With all due respect and that.
He won two headers in the box in the first couple of minutes and I am sold.
It is hard to fully judge his performance. Again we have the quality of the opposition to take into account and then he got injured after about twenty minutes and was eventually replaced as a result.
Verdict: He has a role to play in January for sure. If that role extends into the rest of the season fully depends on what sort of reinforcements we can bring in before the transfer window closes. If we bring in another striker who is younger and of at least similar ability, then perhaps taking the £2.7m for him may be prudent business. But then again I love Glenn and want to carry on seeing him score goals for Palace.
Scored, looked tidy but still fails to inspire. He is never going to be able to do a job in the Premier League for us and really should be back at Wolves.
Verdict: Get rid.
Man of the Match: Scott Dann
Two goals and looked entirely uninterested in allowing Dover the slightest of sniffs. He is a class act at centre back and we are very lucky to have him.
If only he we were awarded the penalty that we should have had in the second half for a foul on Gayle. Would have been hilarious to see him slot a penalty for a hat-trick.
Epic. Terraces always mean more fun and it did not disappoint. Everyone was in good voice and half of the time the section behind the goal was akin to a rock concert at times as mosh-pits and crowd surfing ensued over and over.
Up Next: Spurs
Alan Pardew’s first home game in charge. I expect a great atmosphere and hope for a much needed three points.
Come on you Palace.