Hard Work Begins Now For The Eagles After Difficult Pre Season

Palace overall had a poor pre season from falling to a 2-0 defeat in the Uhrencup against BSC Young Boys to a 6-2 hammering by National League side Barnet.

The Eagles won just two out of a possible eight matches losing to lower league opposition including Bromley and Nottingham Forest. Going into the 2019/20 season, based off the pre season performances, many Eagles fans have the word relegation hovering around their minds.

The pre season campaign kicked off in Switzerland competing for the UhrenCup against strong opposition in BSC Young Boys and FC Luzern.

Palace’s first game was against a very well drilled FC Luzern side which gave the travelling side a real test and giving some players a full ninety minutes under their belts. Roy Hodgson’s side came out winners courtesy of a penalty shoot out as the match was undecided in normal time, ending 1-1.

Christian Benteke grabbed the opener after a nice chipped ball from Max Meyer, the Belgian dispatching with a cool header in the opening minutes.

A few minutes later FC Luzern levelled things up through Pascal Schรผrpf after a nice ball from the right hand side from Christian Schneuwly with just six minutes on the clock. With both nets having bulged early in the contest the game began to settle down to an even, yet high tempo pace. Neither side could find a winner in normal time and the game was decided with spot kicks.

Luzern: Muller, Cirkovic (Alves 45), Knezevic (Mistrafovic 65), Margiotta (Ndenge 65), Eleke (Tia 65), Schรผrpf (Demhasaj 45), Schulz, Grether (Kakabadze 65), Schneuwly, Sidler (Schwegler 45), Voca (Arnold 45). Subs not used: Arnold, Jacot, Males, Burch, Binous.

Palace: Hennessey, Van Aanholt (Mitchell 65), Riedewald (Flanagan 72), Dann (Ward 45), Woods, Meyer (Kirby 65), Milivojevic (McArthur 45), Dreher (Kelly 45), Townsend (Schlupp 45), Wickham (Sรธrloth 45), Benteke (Daly 65). Subs not used: Henderson.

After that win against Swiss opposition, Palace’s next opponents were BSC Young Boys in the Uhrencup. This proved to be the expected tough test as they fell short losing 2-0 to one of the best sides they came up against in pre season.

The game was dominated by Young Boys who were 2-0 up by half time thanks to goals from Ngamaleu Moumi and Hoarau Guillaume. Palace could not find a way through a very solid Young Boys defence as they fell short and missed out on the pre season trophy.

Young Boys: Von Ballmoos, Zesiger, Sierro, Sulejmani, Moumi Ngamaleu, Nsame, Aebischer, Garcia, Lustenberger, Lotomba, Hoarau. Subs: Marzino, Petignat, Mambimbi, Schupbach.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann (Woods 67), Kelly (Riedewald 67), Ward, Schlupp, Milivojevic, McArthur (Dreher 86), Townsend, Sorloth (Meyer 45), Benteke (Wickham 67). Subs: Henderson, Flanagan, Daly.

A Palace Xl also had a tough pre-season as they lost to lower league sides in Barnet and Bromley but managed an entertaining draw against AFC Wimbledon and a narrow win at Dulwich Hamlet. Some first team fringe players had run-outs in the games such as Connor Wickham and Alexander Sorloth, the latter having since been loaned out to Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.

Barnet ran riot at The Hive as they thrashed the visitors 6-2. Palace took a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes, goals coming from Wickham and youth player David Boateng.

Barnet: Loach, Alexander (Tutonda 45), Sweeney (Boucaud 51), Santos (Syla 76), Johnson (Reynolds 45), Adams (Box 45), H.Taylor, Bettamer (J.Taylor 45), Mason-Clark (Akinola 45), Sparkes (Vasiliou 45), Barham (Trailist 65). Subs not used: Azaze, Hernandez.

Palace: Henderson, D.Boateng, Inniss, Woods, Riedewald, Dreher (M.Boateng 84), McGregor, Flanagan (Hobbs 79), Daly, Wickham (Lokilo 79), Sorloth. Subs not used: Tupper, Pierrick, Aveiro.

After a rough start losing out on a trophy the first team took on Championship opposition in Nottingham Forest and Bristol City. It was defeat at the City Ground against a decent Forest side who would not let anything past them, sending the Eagles back to South London in defeat.

The trip to Bristol was very different at a venue that is often unlucky for the Eagles. It turned out to be a very comfortably 5-0 win after goals from Jeffrey Schlupp, Max Meyer, Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham. The sight of a Benteke headed goal gave Palace fans flashbacks from the 2016/17 campaign.

Pre season came to a conclusion with a game at Selhurst Park against Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin. They became another side to be too much to handle for Palace as they fell to a surprise 4-0 defeat.

Palace: Guaita (Hennessey 45), Van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Ward, Meyer (Pierrick 83), Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend (Dreher 83), Ayew (Wickham 75), Benteke. Subs not used: Hennessey, Hobbs, Tavares, Riedewald.

Hertha: Jarstein (Kraft 45), Rekik, Stark, Darida, Kalou (Selke 62), Duda, Klunter (Skjelbred 70), Grujic (Leckie 62), Mittelstadt, Ibisevic (Lowen 62), Plattenhardt. Subs not used: Fryde, Redan.

With a tough build up to the new season done and dusted, and currently only Stephen Henderson, Jordan Ayew, Gary Cahill and Victor Camarasa recruited, we all hope that it is not a sign of things to come.

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