A team full of reserves managed to crash out of the League Cup tonight, losing 4-1 on penalties to Bristol Rovers (1-1 after ninety minutes and also after extra time).
Dougie Freedman scored what was apparently a sublime free-kick, but was one of two players to miss in the shoot-out. The other was Shefki Kuqi, who most fans on BBS were quick to criticise, while others would happily drive him to possible-buyers Ipswich themselves.
Of the first-teamers who did play one managed to receive an injury. Ben Watson was reported to be unable to put any weight on his left leg following his substitution. Obviously we hope it isn’t a bad injury.
Peter Taylor’s record in cup games as Palace manager now stands at P4, W1, L3 (yes, I’m counting this as a defeat). The warning I received from a Hull City fan to never expect a cup run under Taylor seems entirely justified on present evidence.
Bristol Rovers 1-1 Crystal Palace (AET) [BBC Sport]