A great turnout for the short trip to Champion Hill where Palace took on Dulwich Hamlet in the latest game of the pre-season campaign.
With only one defeat to the visitors name the game started in similar fashion. And it wasn not long before Palace took the lead. A quick counter attack was finished by recent signing Elliot Grandin just before the half hour mark. But it wasn’t to be so easy as Dulwich equalised just before half time through Oztumer.
The break saw the introduction of Dymond, Bolasie and Gayle as substitutes for Palace and it wasn’t long before another was required as Lewis Price took a knock and was replaced by David Gregory.
Palace took the lead again shortly after through Grandin with his second and a very quick third goal from Jerome Williams. Mid-way through the second half Garvan KG and Grandin were replaced by youngsters Boateng, Sow and Gray.
The crowd of 1,692 then witnessed a goal from Yannick Bolasie which sealed a comfortable 4-1 win for Palace.
Talking to the Official Palace website, manager Ian Holloway said;
“I thought it was a very good game. We showed a bit of rustiness really, we’ve given a goal away from a throw in which we’ve just got to work down the line. Eliot (Grandin) probably blotted his copy book tonight because I thought he was terrific, he scored two and gave them one. That’s only a silly thing though as I was delighted with the performance. I think KG looked himself again and Dwight was a total threat. It was fantastic to see Paddy back in action.”
Meanwhile, the feedback on Twitter from the game was;
‘Why aren’t Palace playing in the special yellow?’ by @Bunglebob66 suggesting that there was a clash of kits
‘Good passing’ by @heennnry
‘Palace were better in the second half mainly down to Yannick, he’s on another level. Dulwich put up a good fight and they have a couple of players that caught the eye. Overall Palace played well and I think are going to do just fine in the Premier League and surprise everyone’ by @_JanieK
All in all though, there were other results catching the eye and causing much hilarity.
Palace starting XI: Price, Wynter, Ramage, McCarthy, Jerome Williams, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Grandin, De Silva, Appiah, Sow
Subs: Gregory, Taylor, Egbo, Berkeley-Agyepong, Dymond, Bolasie, Boateng, Sow, Kaikai, Allassani, Gray, Gayle