05/01/13 FA Cup Stoke City (h) 0.0 draw
|Olly tells Lewis that he starts a game …|
I have to say, I was not the only that wasn’t really up for this game. This competition has been so diluted from the competition I loved. It just is not the same anymore but that doesn’t stop the feelings at kick off. All of that goes to the back of your mind when the game begins especially against Premiership opposition. It doesn’t matter who they are, you just want your team to beat them, to prove a point even and take the scalp. This was no different.
The away sides game plan was clear from the start. With former England internationals Crouch and Owen up front it was a boot up field. And a boot to every player in red and blue as well it seemed. How they get away with it is beyond me, but hey, Palace were accused of the very same in the 90s so who am I to argue.
Rather surprisingly the reserve strike force for Stoke did not really trouble a Palace defence that included the return of Damien Delaney after suspension. In saying that, we rested a few players and had a bench made up of mostly former academy players which is something we should be very proud of. On the pitch, it was not much to write home about. Both teams had their chances but it was Palace who looked the more threatening. But in the end a draw was probably the fair result and it’s off to Stoke we go for a replay that neither team probably wanted. But the carrot that is now dangling since the draw for the next round is Manchester City at home. Perhaps the replay won’t be such a dour affair after all.
View from TheEaglesBeak; Proud of the performance against an established Premiership team even if it wasn’t their first eleven. A good guage as to how far we have come in a very short time, a very long way …
07 Bolasie (Banton 68’ – booked)
22 O’Keefe – booked
16 Zaha (Williams 56’)
19 Easter (Appiah 66’)
Unused substitutes; 40 Fitzsimmons, 26 Parsons, 36 Wynter, 41 Taylor