Crystal Palace v Newcastle 

Wednesday 11 February 8pm

Alan Pardew’s recent ‘legacy’ was to deliver just one win in seven matches before the fateful day when he didn’t turn up for the post-match Everton press conference.

The best thing that you can say about john Carver’s influence since that day, is that he’s matched Pardew’s achievements with one win in six games.

Palace fans have welcomed the return of one of their ‘cult’ heroes and he has delivered five wins in six matches, this is a match the Eagles will be looking forward to a whole lot more than the travelling Magpies.

We may well see some anti-Pardew banners and songs dusted down by the Newcastle fans inside Selhurst Park but Palace supporters are still enjoying their honeymoon period. We know he can string a few results together but just like for West Ham and Charlton fans before us, his limitations are quickly exposed.

No sensible United fan mourns the passing of Pardew, it has just been like being handed a different jailer.

John Carver says that Alan Pardew is right up there with anybody else he has worked with previously and we ALL know who he was obviously referring to. When it comes to trying to impress people, the fans seem most definitely to come behind Ashley and Pardew in the queue.

With only three home wins all season in the league, the home side clearly aren’t any great shakes even with the new manager ‘bounce’. The trouble is our lot aren’t either.

How much we can take from the Cup win here earlier this season is dubious, considering both teams played near reserve teams.

As for the 3-3 draw at St. James’ Park, we were rescued that day by Rolando Aarons scoring and also making another goal. What Palace do have are a number of players who are prepared to carry the ball and  also have a turn of pace, while for Newcastle there is really only Moussa Sissoko in that category and he tends to need a bit of space to operate in which only really happens if/when a game opens up.

I think most of you will share my feeling of doom ever since Pardew walked out and we looked at the fixture list. A gloomy night in South London is made for a humbling of his old club.

With wins against both Southampton and Spurs since his arrival, the Palace players have shown that they have the ability at times. Bolasie and jedinak may well both be available again after their stints away on international duty, along with Dwight Gayle (ten goals this season) they represent arguably the home team’s best trio of players.

Newcastle, under both Carver and Pardew, look most capable when the other team has a go at them and tonight that may well be the case. As well as the fans, the players will be wound up and be desperate to help Pardew make a point. I’d love to see Carver show attacking intent both in selection and formation because as Hull showed, if you can get the first goal then it can totally change the complexion of the game.

After the poor display on Sunday I think surely Carver can’t leave it the same for a third match in a row, but I wouldn’t bet against it. Cisse must surely be used unless he really is knackered, that would also allow Perez to drop deep and see more of the ball, so it would have double benefits.

Elsewhere, I live in hope that Anita, Williamson and Ameobi will be replaced with more effective players, at least potentially, such as Abeid, Dummett and even Obertan…never thought I’d hear myself saying that one!

Bottom line is that we haven’t got world beaters who have not been getting in the team but certainly continuing to play Anita and Williamson will never get us anywhere, same with Gouffran if he sneaks back onto the pitch.

I can’t see us winning unless there is a big change in Carver’s thinking – here’s hoping.

Match Betting: Newcastle win 12/5Cisse to score last goal 7/13 or more match goals in 1st half 6/1

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  • DownUnderMag

    Just not quite sure on what Carver was trying to achieve there in the second half with all the negative substitutions.  I guess it worked to shore things up to see us through for a point, but it was clear who he has learned more from with regards to tactics….that was a lot more reminiscent of Pardew than of Sir Bobby Robson…

    I just personally think taking attacking players off in favour of more defensive options invites pressure onto you as a team because the opposition lose that fear of conceding.  OK, we may not have too many options, but if it weren’t for Krul and a great save we could have lost that one.  Still it’s another point towards safety, I guess we should be pleased that we can scrape a point at the mighty Palace!

  • alreet

    No chance carver wanted to win against the hyper respected former gaffer. No drive again. Need to be playing a high pressing game against the bottom half teams. Make them make the mistake and use our pace to nail them. Could do with aarons back to be honest.
    Nearly safe on points now so lets get experimenting carvs. Different formations. Give sissoko and cabella a bit of freedom. Dump gouffran get abeid in the first selection.
    Push colback up a little higher to become a new cabaye. Get sissoko and cabella behind perez then colback and abeid in front of tiote. Use janmaat and haidara as width.
    Abeid and colback are good ball players and would be ace in the engine room. Tiote can be the kingpin in front of the CBs which are a bit suspect at the moment.
    or that might be my footie manager talk coming out

  • NatTurner

    DownUnderMag  Even Pardew never gave up that pathetically against a bottom of the table team.  It was unprecedented.  Pardew would start cautiously and really go for it at the end.  Carver a bit more ambitious to start and then wusses out, afraid to lose.  You wonder what was going through Cisse and Cabella’s heads.  I might have thrown a water bottle.

  • PhilYare

    pardew has already dropped top scorer and fantastic prospect gayle…. and next best player bolasie on the bench also

    give him time and he will progressively do worse

    as for us… 1 shot on target is unacceptable, without cisse we’d be doomed

  • Stonesy

    I think, after 37 years, the unthinkable. I’m out. Just can’t see what it is I’m supposed to be supporting any more. My wonderful, disappointing, frustrating, relegated, promoted, occasionally exciting team now exists in name only. To those people who bang on about “running it like a business”, well, I have an IPhone and I think it’s pretty good at what it does and I’ve no doubt it makes a profit but I don’t fancy paying to watch an Apple board meeting every other week. Of course I’ll always want my old team to win and no doubt I’ll enjoy the odd match on TV. But the romance has officially been wrung dry. I’d like to dedicate the draining of my decades of irrational enthusiasm “to Mike”, as someone nearly said. Cheers.

  • Pulse33

    Dreadful performance, perhaps one of the worst attacking performances I have seen to date. Absolutely no attacks apart from the goal not to mention the negative substitutions. I gave Carver I chance but he seems even more useless than Pardew based on the last 2 games.

  • Hez

    Balasie has just got back from the African cup of Nations, he played in the tournament on Saturday so made sense not to start with him

  • Jarra MIck

    Worse attacking performance than the Stoke game. Some really poor individual performances, Sissoko looked a shadow of himself. The whole midfield were dreadful although i would single Gouffran out as the most inept. Attackers never got a look in although Perez did run around a bit. Defensively I thought we played quite well but Williamson’s limitations continue to make us look shaky at times. Against a better team I think we would have got a spanking. I can see us taking a few hammerings between now and the end of the season a la Pardew, that must be the legacy Carver is on about.

  • Brownale69

    Hey are you the next coach? Get your application in now…….shte pay but big discount for Sports Direct tat.