After a disappointing start to the season Simon Jordan finally put us, and Peter Taylor, out of our misery, relieving our legendary player from his role as manager.
The great shame is just how much goodwill there was towards Peter Taylor. Frankly there’s been precious little animosity towards him despite results on the pitch, just worries about what this does for his legacy at Selhurst Park. No-one wanted him to fail, just the opposite in fact. Not that any fan in their right mind wants a Palace manager to fail, but because of his achievements in a Palace shirt I think we all wanted Taylor to bring similar excitement to the club in his time as manager. It just didn’t work that out that way.
So once again we’re on the hunt for a new manager. Who will we get this time? With the international break coming up we’ve got two weeks to put a new manager in place, if we should wish to do it that quickly. As usual, life in SE25 isn’t dull, although that doesn’t always mean it is pleasant.
Crystal Palace boss Taylor sacked [BBC Sport]
For last night’s game at Plymouth Argyle. Peter Taylor opted to go with two loan signings up front. Those two players were Paul Dickov and Besian Idrikaz, who prior to last night’s game had scored a grand total of zero goals for Crystal Palace.
After last night’s game they’ve still scored no goals for Crystal Palace, and typically we couldn’t find an opponent to match our striking inepititude, as Peter Halmosi’s 50th minute strike gave Argyle a 1-0 win.
Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Crystal Palace [BBC Sport]
A third straight 1-0 defeat in the league has left us fourth from bottom of the Championship. What’s even more worrying is that the teams around us aren’t the minnows of this division, we’re mixed up with the likes of Preston, Southampton and Hull. If we get into a rut there’s every chance of us staying at this end of the division.
David Strihavka got the Norwich winner after 75 minutes, leaving us without a clean sheet to date this season. Also after our four-goal start at Southampton we’ve since managed a paltry two goals in four games. When you can’t keep a clean sheet averaging half-a-goal a game doesn’t get you very far. Peter Taylor needs to find some answers, quickly.
I make that our third 1-0 defeat to Charlton in our last three home matches with them. It’s all a bit familiar and depressing. Svetoslav Todorov’s goal fifteen minutes from time decided the game at Selhurst Park yesterday.
Peter Taylor said, “I don’t think we deserved to lose” (pity that we did, eh Peter?). Meanwhile Charlton counterpart Alan Pardew said, “I enjoy coming back here, I always get a nice reception and the fans are brilliant to me. It’s been a great day.” I don’t remember him saying anything like that when he lost at Selhurt Park with West Ham three years ago. I suppose it’s easier to say things like that when you’re going home with three points.
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]
Those are the words of Peter Taylor in regard to our play-off chances following today’s 1-0 defeat at home against Birmingham City.
Rather like last year’s repeatedly unrealistic touting of automatic promotion this equally unrealistic talk of play-offs is becoming increasingly annoying. We’re in 12th place, we’re fourteen points behind sixth-placed Preston and we’ve played a game more than they have. So can we stop the play-off talk now please?
Elsewhere our chairman has been renewing his friendship with the men in charge at Birmingham City. It could be quite funny, if they weren’t further ahead of us than Preston are. Meanwhile some fans are discussing whether what we’re seeing now is worse than what Trevor Francis served up. Nice.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Birmingham [BBC Sport]