Eagles spreading their wings after Pre-Season
Crystal Palace showed the Premier League what to expect next season after winning five pre-season matches from five. Palace, who have hired new manager Gus Poyet showed that they are ready for the big time after some some amazing, attacking football which will undoubtedly please Palace fans.
Palace's first pre-season friendly match came against Bradford City, and while they are currently in the lower tiers of English football, last season they showed they are not a team to be messed with. Wins against Premier League big boys, Arsenal and Aston Villa showed what a dangerous side Bradford can be. Sadly, for Bradford, things did not go their way - Palace dominated the match, controlling and keeping the ball well, playing some magnificent football. This was shown at the final whistle, after Palace recorded their first 2-0 win (albeit a friendly) under new boss, Gus Poyet
The next match was not to be as straight forward as the first. Palace played Swindon at Home, and things did not get off to a good start. After just 10 minutes, Swindon were ahead and it wasn't until just before Half-Time that a quick double from Glen Murray allowed Palace to take the lead. After going 3-1 up, Swindon hit again, this time having a shot parry off the bar before striking Palace keeper, Julián Speroni on the back of the head for an own goal. Palace quickly put the game to bed after a goal from Matthues saw the game end 4-3.
The next two matches again saw comfortable wins against Bala FC and Haverfordwest, with Palace winning 2-0 and 4-1 respectively. Glen Murray also managed to bag himself two further goals, taking his total in pre-season to four goals in four games. Jordi Gomez also made his debut, coming on as a substitute late into the match.
Palace's final game saw them beat Rhyl FC, a Welsh football club currently plying their trade in the Cymru Alliance. A 3-0 win will hopefully put a smile on Crystal Palace fans faces, especially after Captain Paddy McCarthy picked up a pulled hamstring, which will see him miss the beginning of the season. Crystal Palace is set to travel to Anfield, which will see them play their first competitive match under new boss, Gus Poyet, and their first match in the Premier League since 2004/2005.