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Crystal Palace
2 - 2
Aston Villa

FA Cup Fifth Round

Selhurst Park

14/2/10 - 3.30pm

Attendance: 20,486

Referee: Friend

Crystal PalaceAston Villa
Ertl (24), Ambrose (70)Collins (35), Petrov (87)
Speroni     Friedel    
Clyde     L. Young    
Hill     Dunne    
Butterfield     Collins    
Ertl     Warnock    
Davis     Downing    
Derry     Petrov    
Ambrose     Milner    
Danns     Delph     75
Carle     A. Young    
Lee     92 Heskey     46
Substitutes
Manns     Guzan    
Lawrence     Davies    
Wynter     Beye    
Djilali     Cuellar    
N'Diaye     Sidwell    
Scannell     Carew     46
Andrew     92 Delfouneso     75
Game Statistics
9
Goal Attempts
8
4
On Target
7
5
Corners
11
16
Fouls
14
4
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
48
%
52
Comments...
More than our fair share of luck today. Palace by rights deserved the win and it'd be hard to argue otherwise. They hassled us out of our best game, they man marked us out of chances and when presented with an opening they more often than not caused problems, scored, or gave all of us a squeaky bum time.

We really never settled down, and whether you like it or not, Heskey nor Carew can play the lone striker role and the sooner that's realised the better. We looked far more dangerous once Delboy came on because amazingly he actually wanted to take players on and actually moved from the spot everybody else seemed rooted to. A fantastic performance by Delph, and we really had no battle in midfield once he went off, that said even if he'd have stayed on by then the instruction was to play as 'Spurs' and the only way midfield got involved was when Palace ran through it.

Honest assessment, we mugged them of a draw today and Warnock was right, the corner for our equiliser never was. But onwards and upwards, we are still in it and we have to put in a better performance than that in the replay or they will embarrass us again. All credit to Palace, they had done their homework and they never stopped chasing and they harried us into mistake after mistake.

Cracking Cup tie, and Ambrose with the goal of the tournament in my eyes. The only real highlight from us, too many players going missing again BUT when the chips were down we kept going. May only be a consolation, but the fact we don't role over thesedays is very nice to see and should be applauded. By rights today was never meant to be our day, but by purely keeping running we forced a draw. I'll take that as a positive.

But if Carew or Heskey start over Delfouneso again, we play injury carrying players like Heskey, Warnock, Petrov instead of giving them a ruddy rest and actually understanding that the phrase rotation means 'to rotate' players and not play your favourites regardless of how much sense it doesn't make again I think I'm liable to flip.

It was said on the board pre match, if we win O'Neill will look like a genius for sticking with them, if we lose he'll look like a ****.

I suppose the decision will go to the outcome of the replay now, but by rights on home soil surely we can win that.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday February 14 2010
Time: 6:04PM

Comments

0
good full bloodied cup tie I think. Wish we'd gone for it from the start with 2 up front, one of the 2 being Fonz but hey ho, we live to fight another day, better than a cup shock exit.
the fear
14/02/2010 18:10:00
0
good full bloodied cup tie I think. Wish we'd gone for it from the start with 2 up front, one of the 2 being Fonz but hey ho, we live to fight another day, better than a cup shock exit.
the fear
14/02/2010 18:10:00
0
"Honest assessment, we mugged them of a draw today and Warnock was right, the corner for our equiliser never was." I can't agree with you. Palace were very good value for the draw, but Warnock is notoriously one-eyed after matches, and you just give him credibility. The truth is that - with a slowed-down replay - our 2nd goal came from a corner that should not have been given. However, Warnock has conveniently forgotten (a) their goal against Wolves which should also not have happened, and (b) at least two occasions when Villa players were given offside when they were clearly not. Warnock (and you) need to accept that stuff happens in football matches, and it is the number of times you stick the ball in the net that counts. A brilliant, traditional cup tie, only marginally spoiled by the sour grapes that followed.
BobTheBuilder
14/02/2010 18:11:00
0
yeah all credit to palace. they took the game to us and really threw us out of whatever our plan was. all said though still in the cup and a decent draw if we can come through the replay. would of been nice to of seen del boy and even sidders for petrov but oh well cant have it all.
1982benny
14/02/2010 18:11:00
0
"Honest assessment, we mugged them of a draw today and Warnock was right, the corner for our equiliser never was." I can't agree with you. Palace were very good value for the draw, but Warnock is notoriously one-eyed after matches, and you just give him credibility. The truth is that - with a slowed-down replay - our 2nd goal came from a corner that should not have been given. However, Warnock has conveniently forgotten (a) their goal against Wolves which should also not have happened, and (b) at least two occasions when Villa players were given offside when they were clearly not. Warnock (and you) need to accept that stuff happens in football matches, and it is the number of times you stick the ball in the net that counts. A brilliant, traditional cup tie, only marginally spoiled by the sour grapes that followed.
BobTheBuilder
14/02/2010 18:11:00
0
yeah all credit to palace. they took the game to us and really threw us out of whatever our plan was. all said though still in the cup and a decent draw if we can come through the replay. would of been nice to of seen del boy and even sidders for petrov but oh well cant have it all.
1982benny
14/02/2010 18:11:00
0
this replay isn't going to do us any favors. terrible officials on every part of the pitch. friedel should have handled the two goals much better (though I won't deny Ambrose - it was a fantastic freekick). the pitch was absolutely awful. and Alan Lee is a complete ****. all that aside, very happy with the draw. providing we play better than today and they play worse than today, we should see ourselves through to a tasty derby match! [Edited by FearVilla]
benji_starsky_avfc
14/02/2010 18:12:00
0
also, the Fonz should have started. fact.
benji_starsky_avfc
14/02/2010 18:12:00
0
this replay isn't going to do us any favors. terrible officials on every part of the pitch. friedel should have handled the two goals much better (though I won't deny Ambrose - it was a fantastic freekick). the pitch was absolutely awful. and Alan Lee is a complete ****. all that aside, very happy with the draw. providing we play better than today and they play worse than today, we should see ourselves through to a tasty derby match! [Edited by FearVilla]
benji_starsky_avfc
14/02/2010 18:12:00
0
also, the Fonz should have started. fact.
benji_starsky_avfc
14/02/2010 18:12:00
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