Opposition views: Manchester United and Crystal Palace fans square off

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Manchester United and Crystal Palace supporters discuss the Premier League fixture between the two clubs ahead of the weekend.

Ahead Manchester United's match against Crystal Palace, Red Scot invited Eddy Eagle from palace.vitalfootball.co.uk to answer some questions for us. 

Are Crystal Palace capable of pulling off another shock result at Old Trafford in the fourth game of the season? 

Eddy Eagle: Capable, yes, I believe we are with the players we have and the obvious boost of confidence we’d have taken from the Sunderland victory and to be fair – Bristol City aside – our performances all season so far haven’t been too shabby we just haven’t been clinical enough in games so far. 

However, that’s not to say I expect us to pull off another shock victory. You’re referencing the game in the Cup where we didn’t put out our strongest side, but it was the majority and you did have a number of youngsters in the team as well, and even then you dominated in stats, even though it was a seriously below par performance from you, so we are capable if we catch you on a bad day and we really click for 90 minutes, but I would more than take the draw if offered now as I’m not expecting to be smiling the way I was back November 2011. 

Red Scot: Tell us about your season 2012-13 including that winning goal at Wembley to secure promotion to the Premiership?

EE: It was a very mixed and up and down season really – the true rollercoaster really with off pitch issues and dips in form as the season drew to a close. 

We had the surprise departure of Darren Ambrose, the not so surprising departure of Nathaniel Clyne and then we lost our captain Paddy McCarthy for what we thought would be a short period of time early on in the season, and he hasn’t really kicked a ball since sadly. 

We started with three losses on the trot before finding some form and having a nice 14 game unbeaten run, including a very nice 5-0 victory over Ipswich which did everyone’s confidence the world of good – especially as then manager Dougie Freedman had to deal with calls for his head following our start. 

We obviously had the start of the numerously unsettling stories about the departure of Wilf before he ultimately signed for you in the January window, before then the bombshell of Dougie leaving us for Bolton was announced. This was during our good period so a lot of fans were tentative to see how the team would respond, but our unbeaten run continued for a while under Lennie Lawrence’s caretaker period before Ian Holloway arrived on the eve of the Blackburn game and continued it himself for a few matches. 

Remaining unbeaten during that period was obviously a boost for fans, but it made Dougie’s departure even more curious at the time because of how well we were doing in the league. 

For the rest of the of the season our form was reasonably average with results evening themselves out, until we hit a patch where we couldn’t buy a victory and our play off hopes hanged in the balance. In the final few games of the season we rallied with some key draws, and entered the final game of the season against Peterborough just needing not to lose which wasn’t a comfortable position to be in, but with our form as we entered the last 10 games of the campaign, I doubt there’s anybody who wouldn’t have taken that as it did look like we’d blown it for a while.


The rest is history as they say, nobody gave us a shot really against Brighton, especially after we lost top goal scorer Glenn Murray to injury during the first leg, but that man Wilf stepped up again delightfully in the second leg to give us the two goal win.


Again few gave us a chance against Watford and although it took an extra time penalty from Kevin Phillips it was more than a deserved victory in the end, and then the celebrations really began.

Who was the standout performer for Palace last season? Mile Jedinak?

EE: It’s very easy to pick out individual players from last campaign. Mile Jedinak is certainly one of them as he shone on more than one occasion for us, but equally Julian Speroni won us points in some games, Wilf’s attacking verve more than played it’s part as well and it’s difficult to ignore the contribution Glenn Murray made with the sheer number of goals he scored during the season. 

Equally the importance to us of Kevin Phillips can’t go unmentioned. But yes Jedinak was a very key player for us, and he’s going to prove to be as well this season, so much so that next summer irrespective of our ultimate fate back in the Premiership, I would imagine we will have a difficult time holding on to him if he maintains his consistency and shows he can be as vital in midfield in the Prem. 

RS: Tell us about Wilfried Zaha's career at Crystal Palace? 

EEWell many would say he was just destined to be a star. All that potential, the right attitude to learn and develop and ultimately the interest he garnered and the fee you paid for him just backs that up.

His goal return isn’t what it should be for the chances he helps create for himself when he goes full tilt towards goal, but he’s by no means the finished product. United have invested in a player who already can change a game with a moment or a run of brilliance, and somebody who I think can do a steady – albeit not as spectacular job yet – in the Premiership, but he’s so young that as long as he keeps his head down, keeps working hard, learns and applies himself that in 2-3 seasons he’ll be dominating experienced defenders in the league and he could well develop into a player who shines in ‘the hole’ or who works brilliantly as the running forward off more of a target man. 

Everybody has off games, and maybe nostalgia and pride knowing he came through our Academy to be what he is now at such a tender age is clouding me a little, but he’s a player who I don’t remember letting us down. 

He hasn’t always had it his own way, and there have been tough moments as you’d expect when somebody is beginning their career, but last season especially he had to learn quickly that one good way to stop tricky wingers is by kicking them as hard as you possibly can, but apart from a few moments (we’re all entitled to them) he handled it maturely and in some ways channelled his anger into his performance, and when we needed him to really step up – Brighton in the Play Offs is a point in case – he stepped up. 

He’s a big miss for us, and as said he’s only going to get better and when he balances out the sides of his game that do let him down, he really should be one hell of a player. 

He in many ways had the perfect introduction to football at Palace, the faith we showed in him, the love we gave him, and the games he played for us proving he deserved it by being a key player. Now it’s down to him to make the next step and really kick on and become the player many Palace fans believe him capable of becoming. 

Ahead of the Play Off games, Wilf talked about wanting to reward the Palace fans for their support of him and his desire to ultimately leave us by seeing us in the Premiership again next season. He more than achieved that aim, and for many fans like me, that’s what we’ll remember over and above anything else as with the distractions such as a new wage, the nervousness of joining a club of your size, at his age it would’ve been forgivable had his mind wandered somewhat, but in training and when that whistle went he was the Wilf, putting in the performances, we’d come to expect and love him for.

Good job I’m not a girl really or that might have been a bit gushy! 

RS: Do you think Zaha should be loaned out from Manchester United? 

EEPersonally I don’t, because as above I think he’s good enough to play a steady role for you now, and obviously the more games he plays the quicker he’ll learn about the speed of the league, the step up in quality from opposition players, and how you play, so he can bed in properly and move on from being simply steady to being somebody key for you. 

If David Moyes sees him as only a Cup player come January, then I’d consider a loan to get him games under his belt as he’s used to playing regularly and he’d have then already had a decent grounding on the training pitch, but I’d be looking to use him as much as possible, even if it was only final 20-30 minutes of a game for at least the first half of the season to help him develop and settle in. 

At least that way he has a good chance of making an impression after the New Year for you. 

RS: Which player are you expecting to be key to Crystal Palace this season? 

EE: I honestly don’t see one player alone being key for us. There are the obvious choices from the players last season who remain with us like Damien Delaney, Danny Gabbidon, the aforementioned Mile Jedinak, Julian Speroni and Kevin Phillips, but I honestly feel some of our new additions could prove to be equally important. 

Being honest if we want to survive this season anyway, we need to rely on more than one player so the likes of Barry Bannan if he can recapture himself, Marouane Chamakh, Jason Puncheon and Jerome Thomas could well go on to be huge for us as they already carry good experience of this league which a number of our players don’t have. 

If I really have to force myself to name one, and avoid the overly obvious Jedinak option I think I’d have to go for Julian Speroni. Often called one of the best keepers outside of the top division, and a keeper who should be plying his trade at the top, his talent between the sticks and his ability to keep the defence focused, tight and on song could be worth 10-15 points on it’s own this season. 

But I am expecting a number of players to be in contention for the Player of the Season Award next summer and I’d like to think it’s a genuinely hard choice between a good five or six of them, as if that is the case, chances are we might have made it. 

RS: If you could have one Manchester United player, who would you select and why? 

EE: Easy, no brainer. A certain Mr Van Persie. Does that choice even need to be explained? 

Okay then, with Glenn Murray out injured for the season in effect, and let’s say Kevin Phillips’ advanced wisdom, along with Dwight Gayle’s potential, we lack somebody who could easily at this level be guaranteed to hit 15 goals in a single league campaign. We have strikers like Chamakh, Jerome and even Puncheon who showed last season he can find the net who will grab between 5-10 each, but we could do with somebody with more of a killer instinct and quite frankly Van Persie seems to score without effort when I watch the highlights.  

RS: Will Crystal Palace survive in the Premiership and where do you think you will finish in the league? 

EE: Honest answer - I don’t know. I certainly hope so, and I do think we’ve added well to the squad this summer but there are a lot of ifs and buts about players that we’ve signed. They all have something to prove either at this level, or to their former clubs and it’s clearly the way Ian Holloway likes to do business but they could all swim and be fantastic additions just as much as they could sink and then Holloway’s selection for the 25 man limit with the surprises that brought could really be brought into contention. 

Hopefully the gaffer has learnt from his experience here with Blackpool in so far as, not every game will see you simply outscore the opposition so setting up for a clean sheet in some games can often be a good idea and then look to attack on the break from that position instead of trying to approach every game with the idea of teaching every single team you meet how to really play football. 

I suppose everyone says this but for ultimate league finish come next May I’d take 17th place by the skin of our teeth and goal difference. 

I know the club have talked about signing sensibly with next season in mind so if we go down we wouldn’t have to haemorrhage players and it wouldn’t lead to a return of the financial problems we’ve had in the past, but simply staying up and what that would do for our financial baseline, the pulling power to attract players again having already survived once would be phenomenal for us. 

RS: Forecast which three clubs will be relegated this season?

EE: Hopefully not Palace that’s for sure! 

It’s difficult to really tell at this stage of the season, especially as we are waiting to see how new players adjust to their respective new clubs, but I’d be worrying if I was a fan of Hull City. Sunderland don’t seem to have improved on their form last season although I can’t talk from any real position of knowledge about them but I think you always have to worry if you start a new season how you ended the last one, and the last available spot could well be between us, Stoke, Norwich, Cardiff, Newcastle and maybe Fulham or Aston Villa. 

RS: Forecast which four clubs will achieve the Champions League places? 

EE: Honestly, I don’t think I’ll spend this season looking that far up the table to be fair. 

United and City (you can insert your own cough there) will be up there. Liverpool have started brightly but I think I’d be surprised to see them there come the end of the season, leaving really Chelsea – they have to be odds on with the return of Mourinho don’t they – and then Arsenal and Spurs. 

Spurs may have been busier in the window, but the signing of Mesut Ozil even at the fee paid has got to be one the best pieces of business in the summer window. I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t the difference in helping Arsenal join the top four. 

RS: A dozen or so new players arriving in this summers transfer window, including club record signing £4.5m Dwight Gayle, a tough job to integrate all these players into the club? 

EE: Very much so as obviously it’s not just adjusting to a new environment, a new manager with let’s say a unique perspective on football, especially when it comes to interviews and humour, new colleagues but for a lot of our signings it’s also adjusting to a new league fullstop and country in some cases. 

It’s going to take time but the signs are there that players are bedding in nicely and are ‘on message’ with what Holloway wants and dare I say expects from them, but this is where we need the seniors to step up properly and that probably goes a long way in explaining why Paddy McCarthy has been brought back into the fold so quickly, despite not yet being fully fit. 

We also need the likes of Chamakh, Bannan who have been here previously to pass on that experience to those that haven’t, because it’s a learning curve for everybody at the club for one reason or another.

Just a shame we couldn’t have got more business done earlier in the window as even a week (cliche alert!) can be a long time in football, and an extra week’s worth of training sessions could’ve been massive – especially as we’ve had the stupid international break in the middle of the window closing ahead of the weekend’s games.

RS: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said after securing promotion "In the past, Palace have made some horrendous decisions in the transfer market. I've got to safeguard the club, but Ian (Holloway) has a great scouting network and a reputation for finding hidden nuggets." Do you believe you have to invest serious money to survive in the Premier League? 

EE: Yes. There’s no other way of doing it and whilst it would be nice to say no you don’t have to invest serious money, you can rely on team ethic, team togetherness, focus on younger players, to a degree Palace have actually done that, but we focused on the younger player of Dwight Gayle and he could ultimately cost us £6.5million which I’d call serious money.

We’re paying serious money for Jose Campana who is another young talent with bags of potential, just as we are paying serious money for Jason Puncheon and Jerome Thomas and the experience they bring. 

Even if you try and do football on the cheap thesedays you are spending obscene amounts to just stand still in the Premier League. 

Norwich and Swansea in their first seasons didn’t seem to spend huge, and I’m not going to check but I bet they still spent more than people think, it just wasn’t on household names so similar to us this summer.

It’s still a massive amount of money though, but the club have to be applauded by thinking of the worst case scenario and making sure financially next season isn’t a problem if we do go down, and making sure the contract we’ve signed will stand and benefit us so we can keep the core of the squad again, and should we drop, we can have a damn good go at coming back at the first time of asking. 

Especially with the problems Palace have had in recent years even securing Premiership football for next season can not be an excuse to risk our balance sheet again. It seems and I hope we haven’t, as after administration I’m sure many fans would take a yo-yo approach for a few seasons to get back into top flight football if that’s what it ultimately takes for us to sustain our position in this league. 

You’ve just signed Fellaini for £27.5 million. That makes the fee you paid for Van Persie a joke given the relative importance and quality of each player, but you’ve £15 million for Zaha (which is also ridiculous given his age) a few years ago would’ve literally saved the existence of the club and got us back on the road to good recovery overnight. 

It’s a side of football I doubt many United fans consider given your success and the fact signing players for those sums is sort of expected – which isn’t a dig – I think it just goes to show how unbalanced our game is now, and goes to the fact that even doing cheap business in the Premiership must make clubs in the Football League making a loss each day shudder. 

RS: The Championship top goal scorer last season Glen Murray (30) out till at least Christmas, with a knee ligament injury, a cruel blow? 

EE: Cruel, disappointing, hugely unfortunate and a massive blow given the form he was in. 

I suppose there’s some sort of irony here given his goalscoring exploits and England’s current golden boy Rickie Lambert as for me their are many parallels. And I dearly hope that Murray gets his chance at this level to show what he’s capable of just as Lambert has. 

He will be a major loss for Palace and it’s no doubt one of the reasons we were so active in terms of strikers in the window, even as far as unfortunately not being quite able to grab hero Andy Johnson from QPR on deadline day because he’s that much of a miss the only safe thing to do is try and replace him with a number of players who whilst not offering exactly what he did to the team, offer something similar and in their own way.

I’m honestly, with that injury not expecting him to be fit and sharp again until about February at best, as ACL’s keep you out for at minimum six months, but if there’s complications nine months and with somebody like Glenn I hope he doesn’t overdo it when it comes to training because his desire will want to see him return as quickly as possible but he’ll need to take it steady. If we can get him back for the final 10 games I’ll be delighted, if it’s any earlier I’ll be even more delighted but I’m hoping nobody let’s him rush it in case it makes things worse and we lose him for longer. 

I honestly think he’s clinical enough to more than make it at this level, and like Lambert referenced earlier, once he does, people will be scratching their heads wondering why nobody spotted him and gave him a chance earlier.

RS: Tell us about the character Ian Holloway, and will he be missed on the bench at Old Trafford due to his two game match ban? 

EEFor Ian Holloway’s character I think it would be easier for your readers to just search holloway interviews and quotes to be honest. He’s lovably mental, and often very hard to disagree with when he gets his old ranting cap on. 

I’m not sure the players will miss him during his suspension as I don’t think the Four Horsemen of the FA Disciplinary Panel will be able to stop him getting his views over pre match, and at half time, but I suspect David Moyes will as despite our staff’s best efforts I doubt our dug out and technical area will be quite as ‘electric’ shall we say.

The man lives and breaths every kick of a game doesn’t he. Everything is personal for 90 minutes and he’ll protect his players to the hilt unless he feels one of them let him down.

He’ll be a loss during the game, but one way or another he’ll be there in more ways than just spirit for the 90 minutes.

RS: Crystal Palace fans, appear a slavishly loyal group of supporters, four times previously in the Premier League, to be relegated straight back down. Yet the core support remains steadfast and true, discuss? 

EEWe’re fans. I don’t mean to harp back to Roy Keane’s ‘Prawn Sandwich’ comment too much because I vaguely remember the reaction from died in the wool United fans who were there just as much during darker and less successful days and have since enjoyed the elation of the success you’ve had the past two decades or so, but it’s what we all do isn’t it. 

A switch doesn’t go just because you lose, a switch doesn’t go because a season doesn’t work for you and you get relegated. United fans ‘expect’ the team to be challenging for the title, Palace fans ‘expect’ the team to give their all to get us back to where we want to be but we aren’t going to overly throw our toys out the pram if that doesn’t happen as long as we see the team give their all. 

I’m sure like all fans, we reserve the right to give hell to anybody who doesn’t give their all and holds back though! 

We have had a tough time of it, especially the off pitch financial crap of the past, but a supporter supports don’t they. If you lose that, it’s time to stop going and maybe take up knitting. 

For outsiders you say ‘four times previously in the Premier League, to be relegated straight back down’ let’s also be fair here and say we suffered the indignity of being relegated because the Premier League decided to reduce their numbers back in 1995 as we finished outside of the currently acceptable drop zone and still went down! 

But you suffer the disappointment of relegation and then you pick yourself up and look to bounce back. We did that for a period, not so much lately, but again as above, if we are stable off the pitch I think many fans will take a yoyo period if needed to help us survive – although clearly the aim is to do so this season on our own merit.

You don’t suddenly drop a loved girlfriend because sex one night is bad do you (do you or do you believe even when bad, it’s always good!?), you enjoy everything else instead and then hope the next time is better.

(I’ve clearly been listening to Ian Holloway for too long!)

RS: Which team do you hate the most and why?

EEProbably a lot of people will find this surprising as you’d expect I’d go for a true local rival and even though I’m going for a London club here, it’s got nothing to do with them being in London. 

Chelsea, the way Abramovich came in and spent bucket loads to buy the league ultimately I despise. I’m a bit too young as Blackburn sort of did the same thing some argue prior to them, and Manchester City have done the same now and so on. 

It’s not football, it’s not gentlemanly and it’s not sport in my eyes.

There’s one thing having expectations as a fan of say a club like United, where you demand success based on what’s come before, but you did it by building a squad, and developing a team spending reasonably similar sums (just money spent better) than your rivals at the time. To come in with a blank cheque in effect and demand that success is instant I despise.

Especially after the struggles Palace have had surviving let alone being so brazen – football should be the best of the best and involve developing for the future, finding gems, stealing a march on your rivals by shrewd business in the window and putting faith in a player nobody else is willing to and getting the best from them. Not just signing established gems from around the world for fees and on wages that far more deserving people in this country will never see in a year let alone in a week. 

I don’t particularly like what your owners did when they brought the club either, but at least your success has been built on real growth...not spending like a rich kid in a sweetshop with no concern for what it does for football as a whole. 

No blame to Peterborough or Dwight Gayle, but ultimately £6.5 million? £15 million for Wilf with the development he still has to make? 

Sky helped start the demise of football with their cash injection and it never went in the right direction, it just made those at the top richer. Fabulously wealthy owners coming in and splashing cash around because it gave them a stiffy has now ruined the game completely at least in terms of true competition over a season.

And no disrespect to true fans of United, but I’d love to see it fall apart for you, City, Chelsea and so on and have somebody totally unfancied take the league to get a bit of balance back and maybe shock football back to realising it’s meant to be a team game, not an excuse for personal endorsements and advertisements.

RS: What is your impression of the personal attacks David Moyes has had to endure during his 12 weeks as the new Manchester United manager? 

EEIt’s just a symptom of football now where everything is deemed to be instant and not only do you have to spend seriously to not stand still as a club, you are expected to spend ridiculously just to steal a march on your competitors. 

The man is new to the job, he was under pressure at Everton but that wouldn’t have prepared him for life at Man U with the expectation levels there let alone following in the footsteps of somebody as successful as Sir Alex Ferguson and for some fans – I suspect the younger generation mainly but I could be wrong – they feel he should’ve brought in half the Brazil and Spanish nation sides before he’d even been able to adjust his backside to the office chair. 

Again as above, the game is wrong and broken and if fans can’t give a manager 12 weeks before demanding more – as I believe people were criticising him before the season even kicked off – things will never improve and you have to hope it’s a vocal minority, which I’m sure it is to be fair. 

In some ways maybe it’s easier to support a club like Palace and still enjoy it because for the vast majority of fans we appreciate a good showing, a good performance and a good season even if it doesn’t end in ‘success’ ie silverware, the so called Top 4 or whatever, we hope to achieve that obviously but we won’t turn on somebody (in the majority) after 12 weeks. And I say in the majority because we had those at the start of last season turn on Dougie Freedman early doors equally. 

RS: Crystal Palace have parted company with the most managers (17) in the Premier League era of all the Premier League clubs currently in the league, why?

EEI wasn’t aware of that, I thought other clubs had far more of a revolving door policy than we had. Just a reflection of the turmoil we have had in the past really. Mired in problems, you want quick fixes for stability and some managers just haven’t worked out for us, haven’t worked well with those in charge and so on. 

I can’t pin point a more definitive reason, as these days that just seems to be football as well, a bad spell often leads to a change of manager instead of sticking with them and showing some patience – but you never know had that been done with some manager’s of ours in the past, whether improvement would’ve naturally followed? 

RS: Tell us about Crystal Palaces' production-line youth academy, including Jonny Williams?

EEGary Issott and the staff have done a fantastic job identifying and developing young talent and Williams is the latest one to become a bit of a household name following his appearances and promotion through to the Welsh full side, which has earnt him even more praise. 

Williams, for one so young, really could have the world at his feet as again he’s nowhere near the finished product yet, but he already does so many good things and makes so many good decisions on the pitch you’d think he carried the experience of somebody with a couple of hundred appearances behind him, not simply the 60 or so he does since he made his debut.

Sadly it looks like he may have picked up ankle ligament damage in the recent Welsh outing, so if it is as bad as feared, we won’t be seeing much of him until well past the New Year, but everybody has their fingers crossed it won’t be that serious. 

There are others currently in the first team, although they are more fringe players, that you may not have heard of but that we are hoping for big things from as well.

In defence Ian Holloway has recently talked about Alex Wynter and Quade Taylor and his expectation that he’ll be able to develop at least one, if not both of them, into good quality centre halves. 

In the middle we have Kyle De Silva and Hiram Boateng. We have Kwesi Appiah and Ibra Sekajja up front, both of whom have shown that they know where the net is and with a bit more development and the luck you need, both of those could develop into good competent strikers as well. 

They still have a way to go but those that have made their debuts already haven’t really done themselves any harm, so big things are expected. 

I’m not so sure this season will see a big breakthrough for any of them, but if they all keep showing the potential they have done then it’s possible we’ll see more of them come the end of the season or next year. 

We also have the likes of Stuart O’Keefe and Matt Parsons who really will be hoping to get more game time this year. 

RS: After your recent win at Selhurst Park against Sunderland, relief at getting 3 points on the board, your thoughts including John O'Shea's game-changing sending off? 

EE: Huge relief as really our performances had warranted a better return from our opening two games. A point wouldn’t have been overly unfair against Spurs, and certainly another point against Stoke would’ve been very fair really. 

So to pick up all three and get the win was delightful. 

As for the penalty and sending off. I think everybody is mostly in agreement that it was a stonewall penalty and the right decision from the referee, but there was certainly nothing malicious about O’Shea’s foul. He panicked after letting the ball past him and probably went to ground without thinking.

Was it a red card? Well yes as to the best of my memory Gayle would’ve been clean through so he’s the last man, and malicious or not, that’s a red. 

You could think it was harsh on him but given the fact it took the ref and a the lino’s chat before he made the decision, I suspect they were debating whether he was clean through or there was the chance O’Shea wasn’t the last man in which case a yellow would’ve been fitting, but sometimes it goes for you and I’m sure as the season goes on Palace will feel hard done by where a yellow seems fairer given the actual incident but a red can be the only outcome.

RS: Can you update us on the Crystal Palace team news, for the match on Saturday?

EE: It’s a case of as we were for Sunderland plus our deadline day additions really. It’s anyone’s guess how many of the new signings Ian Holloway will include, or whether he’ll stick more closely to not changing a winning team where he can, but we do now have Jonny Williams and Jack Hunt out injured. 

I’ve just seen confirmation that we will also be without Jerome Thomas and Yannick Bolasie apparently for this weekend 

RS: Can you recall your thoughts on watching your fantastic 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in the League Cup and Darren Ambrose's pile-driver of a hit? 

EE: Honestly I can only remember Darren Ambrose’s goal, I don’t remember Glenn Murray’s nor much of the game itself. 

With how you played it always felt like we had a chance because we were good on the day, but as the game drew on I remember feeling confident because despite having chances yourself it just didn’t seem you were going to break us down, whereas the chances we were creating we looked dangerous and like something would happen. 

I’m not sure if I drank more during or after the game to be honest, but that might be pre match viewing to get me optimistic again! 

RS: Finally Eddy your score prediction for the match?

EE: As said above I would more than take the draw now, but I think you’ll get the win 2-1 unfortunately.

I’m hoping Holloway doesn’t tinker really as at least with the existing lads they have an understanding with each other which in terms of battling and covering each other in the game will be something we need, and maybe some of the newbies can come on second half to spark something. 

RS: Thanks Eddy for taking the time out to answer our questions and good luck for the season ahead, and survival in the EPL!

EE: Good luck to yourself and let’s hope David Moyes wins over his doubters otherwise that could get very messy. That said if you really want to be nice, could always gift us the six points? RS; Ha

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