Writer: Lloyd Reddin
Date:Saturday August 24 2013
Editor Lloyd Reddin has travelled south to the nation`s capital via the internet airways to interview Crystal Palace fan Sci-Dogg before this weekend`s Premier League encounter between Stoke and Palace. Sci-Dogg, who is a member of Crystal Palace`s official forum, has stood in for Vital Palace`s editor as he was unavailable, and has shared all his pre-match thoughts and expectations.
1. Ian Holloway has already been charged by the F.A. for his comments in the media, are you worried it could become the Ian Holloway Show for you this season?
I am more worried about staying up! Must admit I always found the Holloway show to be slightly grating before he came to us, but since he has joined you can see how genuine he is.
2. What do you think about your new signings?
Mixed. We look very weak at the back, and if we fail to add to our central defensive ranks, that could be our achilles heel. The long-term signings of Spanish u20 central midfielder Jose Compana and striker Dwight Gayle from Peterborough are very exciting. Gayle in particular, gives the impression of being a real Palace type signing in the Ian Wright mould, giving chances to players who have risen from lower divisions.
3. Do you expect any more in`s and out`s before the transfer window slams shut?
Yes. As aforementioned, we need to strengthen at centre back. Additional quality in any position would be a bonus.
4. What are your expectations for this season?
A fight to escape relegation. We will have over achieved if we finish 17th.
5. Who would you say is your danger man?
Mile Jedinak is our captain, defensive midfielder and most important player. An absolute colossus who ironically Tony Pulis was very keen on signing.
Welsh International Jonny Williams is our most exciting talent now Zaha has gone, in the David Silva mould, so watch out for him, although I imagine he may be brought on off the bench.
6. What would you say are your strengths as a team?
Our ability to prove pundits, and indeed our own fans wrong!
7. What would you say are your weaknesses as a team?
At the moment, a potentially leaky defence with a lack of goal threat. On the face of it, a fatal combination.
8. How do you feel about your manager?
We were awful underneath him for most of the second half of last season, and appear to have reached the play offs in spite of him not because of him. However, the play offs seemed to galvanise him and we the owners commented on how impressive he was during this period.
Whilst his personality can lend itself to the Ian Holloway Show as you mentioned, he is clearly very honest and genuine. I wish him all the best.
He joined the club in difficult circumstances after Dougie Freedman's abrupt and shocking decision to leave. To surmise, Dougie is a Palace legend, and having joined the club in 2010 whilst we were in Administration, he had helped steer us to the top of the Division. One day we were preparing for a game with local rivals Millwall. A week later he was gone.
The Holmesdale Fanatics, the group of supporters who were responsible for coordinating the display before the Spurs game and have helped rejuvenate the atmosphere at Palace in particular have yet to embrace him. However, their policy is to back the team at all times, and as the entire fan base have very realistic expectations for the season, he will certainly be given a fair chance.
9. Which player (s) do you fear from the Stoke City side?
Nobody, although Kenwyne Jones made a difference when he came on at Selhurst in the Cup last season.
10. Is there any Stoke players you would like to add to your squad?
Ryan Shawcross or Robert Huth.
11. How do you think Stoke will do this season?
Badly. Your sacking of Pulis reminds me of Charlton's dismissal of Curbishley. Especially since he has been replaced by Mark Hughes. I think you will be near the bottom with us!
12. What is your likely line-up for the match?
Speroni - Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey - Jedinak, Dikajoi, Compana - Gayle, Chamakh.
13. Finally, what`s your score prediction for the match?
Thanks to Sci-Dogg for taking time out to answer our pre-match questions.
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