LiveMATCHDAY LIVE: Crystal Palace 0 Wanderers 0

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

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4:55pm

All over. 0-0. Some very good defending. Match report up soon.

4:48pm

Zaha curls an effort just wide. Phew.

4:45pm

Craig Davies on for Pratley and David Ngog on for SKD

4:39pm

Zaha just got the better of Spearing and Alonso. He's been superb in the second half.

4:35pm

Andrews hits a bobbling effort, Speroni grabs it at the second attempt.

4:33pm

Zaha beats Alonso for strength, pulls a cross in for Murray but he skews it wide. Another one goes begging for Palace.

4:32pm

Andrews clips a ball in for Davies, but he can't get enough on header.

4:30pm

Chungy lays off to Alonso who drives a shot just wide. Got a deflection.

4:28pm

Palace well on top now. Ream just made a superb challenge on Murray after the Eagles put another dangerous ball in the box.

4:27pm

Zaha goes sprawling on near touchline after challenge by Andrews, who is on a yellow. More leniency from the ref?

4:26pm

What a let off that was. Bogdan was beaten by both shots.

4:24pm

Zaha hits the near post with a right-footed shot. Moritz follows up from the angle but with the goal begging, puts his shot wide of the far post.

4:23pm

4:23pm

Pratley goes down under pressure from Ramage. Asks for a penalty but referee says no.

4:18pm

Chungy does well to hook cross in from right, Davies misses it by inches. Eagles picks ball up and slashes a shot just wide.

4:17pm

Ref plays on as Alonso pulls on Zaha shirt. First time he's really got beyond the Spaniard.

4:14pm

Pratley booked for a foul on Jedanik

4:13pm

Weather going wild here. Looks like snow drifts coming in on half of the pitch. Think it's coming off the top of the stands.

4:11pm

Eagles has another pot shot after strong work from Pratley. Off target though.

4:10pm

Andrews lofts the ball through for Pratley but Speroni rushes to the edge of his box to clear the danger.

4:06pm

Second half underway.

4:05pm

They've been a friendly bunch at Palace - but they have served the worst smelling soup I have ever experienced today.

4:04pm

Battled back through the crowds to take my place in the press box. Players just coming out on to the pitch  now.

3:49pm

Skimming shot from Eagles on the half volley. Easily gathered by Speroni. And that brings the half to a close. Tight, tense and level...

3:47pm

Two mins added time. Then I can get a warm brew...

3:46pm

Knight just dumped Zaha in the snow.

3:44pm

Described Spearing as Wanderers' consistent player in a piece I did with the programme. Kiss of death. He's had a mare so far...

3:43pm

Eagles' shot deflected over the top. It was a great ball from Davies to play in Chungy. Eagles should have pulled the trigger quicker, but Delaney got back on him to get a touch.

3:42pm

Palace goal disallowed for offside. Think it was Murray that turned it in after Bolasie had brought a good save out of Bogdan.

3:40pm

Andrews booked foul on Zaha

3:39pm

Palace fans turning on the referee. Eagles definitely winding them up... but think he's on his last chance!

3:37pm

That isn't the case in the press box, where it is minus 10

3:37pm

Didn't have a great view of the handball from here. Things certainly getting heated out there now!

3:34pm

Pen appeal turned down for Palace. Moxey cross blocked by Mears. Eagles raced away down wing and was chopped down by Moxey. He reacted badly – Moxey got booked but was Eagles lucky not to get a second yellow?

3:31pm

Eagles and Mears combined on right, and the cross was headed just wide by Pratley. Really big chance there for Wanderers.

3:29pm

Very chess-like so far. As I say that a mistake from Knight gives away a corner!

3:26pm

Mears does well to stifle Zaha's effort. First time the winger has really driven into the box.

3:25pm

Best build-up so far I think. Pratley and Davies involved.

3:24pm

Eagles brings a save out of Speroni with a curling shot.

3:22pm

Eagles booked for diving. Had a point.

3:21pm

Eagles' shot 15 seconds in is the only chance either side have managed so far. Chungy working really hard in early stages.

3:19pm

Pitch won't suit either side at this rate. Really seems to be firming up, perhaps substantiating Freedman's decision not to play Holden.

3:16pm

Slip from Alonso lets Bolasie in, but the full-back recovers to block his cross.

3:14pm

Chung-Yong working very hard against the ball so far. Doubling up on Zaha.

3:11pm

Butterfield playing in a much deeper role than he had at Wanderers.

3:09pm

First trick from Zaha. Palace starting to string a few passes together.

3:07pm

Bolasie has his first run at Alonso and wins a corner.

3:05pm

Bright start from Wanderers. Pitch looks like it might be an issue later on because the ball is bobbling around already...

3:04pm

Pitch does look bobbly.

3:02pm

Within 15 seconds, Eagles blasts a shot inches wide from 20 yards.

3:01pm

And we're off...

3:00pm

Forgot about Butterfield. Interesting to see how long he lasts...

2:59pm

Applause for Freedman.

2:58pm

Dave Clark Five...

2:56pm

Okay, thoughts back on the game. Freedman and the players due out soon. All eyes (or ears) on him...

2:56pm

2:50pm

2:49pm

Cheerleaders are out at Crystal Palace. Rather them than me, that's all I'll say.

2:45pm

Can easily see Josh Vela playing every week, but aside from Joe Riley - who I would like to see given a chance if I'm honest - are there other young players who are match ready??

2:44pm

His statement that two or three young players will be in his first team by the end of the season is a bold one too.

2:44pm

As a few have pointed out on Twitter to me, the manager may have to throw a few of these lads in before getting too embroiled in this kind of thing.

2:39pm

Looks like the manager wants his philosophy preached from top to bottom. Some strong words.

2:38pm

Our back page this morning was an interesting one, even if I do say so myself...

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/wanderers/wanderersnews/10172622.Freedman_calls_for_more_from_Wanderers_Academy/

2:34pm

So, some strong opinions on the line-up. I couldn't print a lot of them, we are a family website/newspaper after all.

2:27pm

2:26pm

Four strikers on the bench. Squad certainly looking top heavy at the moment.

2:25pm

2:24pm Sat 19 Jan 13

tokyodave says

Sobering though for the day. Even 14 wins from final 19 will give us just 75 points, barely enough for top six. Draws are no good, do or die from today.

2:25pm

2:25pm

Have heard that there were boos for Freedman when he stepped off the team bus. Football banter or not, I hope it doesn't get too silly today.

2:22pm

2:21pm

2:20pm

2:19pm

2:19pm

Lots of reaction about the team picked today. No Holden - although I hope his absence is more to do with a testing pitch than anything else.

2:08pm

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Parr, Butterfield, Bolasie, Jedinak, Zaha, Murray, Moxey, Nimely, Delaney, Ramage

Subs: Price, Marrow, Wilbraham, Easter, Williams, O'Keefe, Moritz

2:05pm

BWFC: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ream, Alonso, Spearing, Andrews, Chung-Yong, Eagles, Pratley, K Davies

Subs: Lonergan, Ricketts, Vela, Afobe, Ngog, C Davies, Sordell

2:04pm

Back again. Nice chat with the Palace radio station.

1:37pm

I'm going off-line for a brief moment to do something with the club radio station. Expect plenty of 'Dougie returns' questions...

1:34pm

I've just been told the pitch is on the 'firm side' - so a sudden drop in temperature won't do anyone any good. Staff putting out the cones and markers as we speak.

1:31pm

Roads around the ground were a bit slippy, so I'll be watching my step on the way back to Norwood Junction this evening, hopefully with three points secured.

1:30pm

Credit to the groundstaff because the pitch looks fine.... At least I think it does... The view ain't great.

 

The Bolton News:

1:30pm

Credit to the groundstaff because the pitch looks fine.... At least I think it does... The view ain't great.

 

The Bolton News:

1:21pm

Good afternoon folks. It's chilly here at Selhurst Park and there's a few wisps of snow in the air but unless there is a sudden downpour the officials assure me that the game is ON.

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2:12pm Sat 19 Jan 13

tokyodave says...

Dare I ask what has happened to Holden since the cup replay? Please tell me he isnt injured again...
Dare I ask what has happened to Holden since the cup replay? Please tell me he isnt injured again... tokyodave
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2:24pm Sat 19 Jan 13

tokyodave says...

Sobering though for the day. Even 14 wins from final 19 will give us just 75 points, barely enough for top six. Draws are no good, do or die from today.
Sobering though for the day. Even 14 wins from final 19 will give us just 75 points, barely enough for top six. Draws are no good, do or die from today. tokyodave
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2:30pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Rememberscarborough says...

It would make sense not to risk Stewie Holden on a dodgy pitch and I hope that's the only reason he's not been picked. Wonder what more Lonergan has to do to be picked ahead of Bogdan who's looking a bit shell shocked at the moment. Finally, why have four forwards on the bench unless you're expecting to have to come from behind....
It would make sense not to risk Stewie Holden on a dodgy pitch and I hope that's the only reason he's not been picked. Wonder what more Lonergan has to do to be picked ahead of Bogdan who's looking a bit shell shocked at the moment. Finally, why have four forwards on the bench unless you're expecting to have to come from behind.... Rememberscarborough
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2:38pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Sasa C says...

I think Mr Freedman is trying to be cleverer than he actually is. I'm sorry but this constant changing of the team does not work. He builds Sordell up in one game and knocks him down in the next, no wonder he feels like he does. Hopefully I will be proved wrong
I think Mr Freedman is trying to be cleverer than he actually is. I'm sorry but this constant changing of the team does not work. He builds Sordell up in one game and knocks him down in the next, no wonder he feels like he does. Hopefully I will be proved wrong Sasa C
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2:57pm Sat 19 Jan 13

CumbrianTrotter says...

Didgy picthes and star midfielders takes me back to a fateful game at Burnden when our then star midfielder was seriously injured in a game that should never have been on and was abandoned at half time - that man was Peter Reid , makes sense to ease Holden back in . Would love to see SKD being pushed for his place , wonderful servant but hoping he wont be 1st choice for long now , time for a change . Love to see Ngog and Sordell front 2
Didgy picthes and star midfielders takes me back to a fateful game at Burnden when our then star midfielder was seriously injured in a game that should never have been on and was abandoned at half time - that man was Peter Reid , makes sense to ease Holden back in . Would love to see SKD being pushed for his place , wonderful servant but hoping he wont be 1st choice for long now , time for a change . Love to see Ngog and Sordell front 2 CumbrianTrotter
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3:03pm Sat 19 Jan 13

nickyboy70 says...

you dont see man u keep swapping and changing the team he puts his best 11out and sticks to it. I agree with others bring lonergan on the lad cant do any worse than butterfingers bogdan. nick and donna blackpool whites.
you dont see man u keep swapping and changing the team he puts his best 11out and sticks to it. I agree with others bring lonergan on the lad cant do any worse than butterfingers bogdan. nick and donna blackpool whites. nickyboy70
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3:33pm Sat 19 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Freedman has babied Sordell quite a bit recently both proffessionaly& socialy.Sordell responded very well showing more maturity as well as scoring goals.Where's his reward?Today he's warming the bench,hardly encouragement for the young man????Go whites.
Freedman has babied Sordell quite a bit recently both proffessionaly& socialy.Sordell responded very well showing more maturity as well as scoring goals.Where's his reward?Today he's warming the bench,hardly encouragement for the young man????Go whites. boltonnut
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4:26pm Sat 19 Jan 13

CumbrianTrotter says...

Any changes imminent ? Tired legs needing replaced ?
Any changes imminent ? Tired legs needing replaced ? CumbrianTrotter
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4:59pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Rememberscarborough says...

Without looking it up who did we keep our last league clean sheet against? Don't ask me, this old codger's memory isn't that good....
Without looking it up who did we keep our last league clean sheet against? Don't ask me, this old codger's memory isn't that good.... Rememberscarborough
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11:16am Sun 20 Jan 13

Beyond News Forum says...

nickyboy70 wrote:
you dont see man u keep swapping and changing the team he puts his best 11out and sticks to it. I agree with others bring lonergan on the lad cant do any worse than butterfingers bogdan. nick and donna blackpool whites.
Did you eyes play tricks on you yesterday? Clean sheet but could have been much worse. But having said that Lonergan could do with his turn I think he earned it.
[quote][p][bold]nickyboy70[/bold] wrote: you dont see man u keep swapping and changing the team he puts his best 11out and sticks to it. I agree with others bring lonergan on the lad cant do any worse than butterfingers bogdan. nick and donna blackpool whites.[/p][/quote]Did you eyes play tricks on you yesterday? Clean sheet but could have been much worse. But having said that Lonergan could do with his turn I think he earned it. Beyond News Forum
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