Man City 3-0 Palace

3
0
Silva (49,61) Toure (81)
Sat 20th December 2014
City of Manchester
Att: 
45,302
Atmosphere
4
Performance
4

Crystal Palace were put to the sword by strikerless Manchester City. Three second half strike, two from David Silva and one from Yaya Toure means that the Eagles will spend Christmas just one place above the relegation zone with only goal difference keeping them out.

It was the proverbial game of two halves for Neil Warnock's men. In the first half they were organised, dogged and a danger on the counter only to be a mere shadow of that in the second.

Of course the game could have been very different had James McArthur's header at 2-0 not been incorrectly ruled out for offside, an incident that gave Warnock the opportunity to detract attention away from the horrendous second half showing.

Is it OK to be annoyed?

"Did you expect to go to [Enter big team name here] and win?" If I had a quid for every time I've heard this then I wouldn't have to moan about astronomically high away ticket prices week in week out (£44 for this one). However, I do not find this to be an acceptable response. In the first half of this game we created a host of chances and did not take them. In the second half we all but gave up attacking until it was too late. Whilst I don't expect us to win pre match, I can alter my judgement based on what I have seen and we had enough chances to get us something that we might have been able to hang on to.

We were very good for the first 40 minutes only to then fall asleep defensively and it is extremely annoying. Tony Pulis said on BT after the game that he would have been disappointed with the defending and he is right. Sure City possess a lot of quality but that was not required for the first two goals. It was simply defenders falling asleep at their stations at crucial times.

I'd love to know what Warnock said to them at half time to inspire the turnaround in performance levels.

Dwight Gayle

What on Earth is going on? We have a goalscorer on the bench yet Warnock believes that it is a better idea to completely ignore him and play 3 goals in 3 years Yannick Bolasie as a centre forward for a majority of the second half? It's already been proven once this season that it doesn't work so why would it be any different this time? We have some very important games coming up against teams around us. Games that we cannot afford to lose. But we will lose them if Warnock continues to make such ridiculous decisions.

Man of the Match: Scott Dann

A rock. Clearance after clearance. Block after block. Very unfortunate for the first goal but a tremendous performance.

Up Next: Southampton

They have had a horrible habit of completely dicking us in recent years. Lets hope we can get this stroke of luck that Warnock keeps saying we need.
Come on you Palace
 

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Referee: 
Phil Dowd

Crystal Palace

Palace Manager: 
Neil Warnock

Opposition

Opposition Manager: 
Manuel Pellegrini