Tucked away almost unnoticed last week was the possible end of an era, as Dougie Freedman signed on loan with Leeds United until the end of the season. Earlier in the week Freedman was against the move, saying he wanted to finish his career with Palace.
It seems a slightly odd move for someone who certainly wasn’t out of the first-team picture (Dougie came on as a substitute for the last half-hour against Cardiff City last Tuesday). Hopefully it is just a temporary move and Dougie can come back and finish his career here as he apparently wishes to do.
Freedman agrees terms with Leeds [BBC Sport]
On a rare trip down South I was lucky enough to take the opportunity to get to Selhurst last night. Well, lucky if you don’t mention that it was absolutely freezing cold in SE25 last night, and probably more so if (like me) you were in the upper tier of the Holmesdale. I came away with a desperate need to thaw out, but also optimistic about our future.
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Hmm, probably not the way that Neil Warnock envisaged his first home game as Palace manager. Despite Dougie Freedman’s equaliser Palace ended up being on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.
Among the visitors and main talking points tonight were the Miami Dolphins’ cheerleaders, or for anyone who is a fan of Fighting Talk might know them as: “Let’s hear it for Gary O’Reilly!”
On a more serious front it sounds as if Warnock is still evaluating what he has to work with. “I can’t fault the players for effort – perhaps one or two are trying too hard,” he said, before continuing, “At 1-1, I thought we would go on and win it, but instead they picked us off.”
As an additional thought, what has happened to teams like Stoke and Portsmouth, who used to be certainties for 4 or 6 points every season, to suddenly develop winning runs against us? Shouldn’t this be balancing up somewhere? Coventry City and Nottingham Forest, I hope you’re taking note of this.
The fixtures don’t get any easier either. The next visitors to Selhurst Park are league leaders Watford.
Crystal Palace 1-3 Stoke City [BBC Sport]