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Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City

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Stoke aim to bounce back

The Potters will be looking to bounce back quickly after Saturday's disappointing defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday and face a trip to London and to a Palace team with new manager, Neil Warnock relishing his first home game at his new club.

Vital Quotes:

Although it was only Stoke's second defeat of the season, the manner of the defeat - too late goals from a poor side has hurt badly. Ricardo Fuller told the official site after the match that Palace will hopefully suffer the backlash: ''We don't lose many games so this is a bit of a shock to the system, but rest assured we will be going to London for all three points. We have done well this season and we don't want to let it slip so we will be very focused.

Even though he was architect of the Potters' two goals, he paid tribute to the team spirit: 'If we lose we all lose and if we win we all win, like I say it's about all eleven guys out there.'

Crystal Palace Team News:

Palace's start to the season has already seen Peter Taylor depart and the arrival of former Blades' die-hard manager, Neil Warnock. Warnock and his team will be looking to impress the fans in his first home game after drawing 1-1 at Blackpool on Saturday.

Midfielder, Tim Soares is suspended after being sent off at the end of Saturday's game and Dougie Freedman could be dropped as Warnock shuffles the pack.

Player to watch: Jamie Scowcroft

The former Coventry and Leicester striker has been a consistent performer this season with four goals to his name.

Stoke City Team News:

Richard Cresswell will play after his one match ban is not due to start until Saturday. Vincent Pericard is still behind bars and likely to also miss out as Mama Sidibe is still not fit. This is likely to hand another start to Jon Parkin alongside Ricardo Fuller in attack and will allow Saturday's starting eleven to make amends for a poor showing.

Player to watch: Jon Parkin

Parkin needs a better performance than on Saturday if he wants to try and dislodge Mama Sidibe from his forward role alongside Fuller.

Match Facts & Stats

The Potters did the double over Palace last season with a 1-0 win, courtesy of Darel Russell, in London followed by 2-1 win back at the Brit last April.

Next Fixtures:

Sat 27th October: Bristol City (away) kick-off: 3pm
Sat 3rd November: Coventry City (home) kick-off: 3pm
Tue 6th November: Scunthorpe (away) kick-off: 7.45pm

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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 22 2007

Time: 9:35PM

Your Comments

"Late goals from a poor side"? A poor side that had more attempts on goal, more shots on target, more goals, more corners, more possession and fewer fouls than your team, and gifted you your two goals through defensive errors. If the Owls were poor, Stoke were... ? ;)
Auckland Owl
... c**p. Totally agree, Auckland Owl, but as was said in the match report - Stoke were woeful, we let you win and you gifted us two goals in return. Still, normal service resumed tonight - Stoke thrash Palace and you lost at home to S ****horpe - courtesy of two goals from an ex-Stoke player!
no normal service resumed satdi we beat blackpool n u lose to coventry

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