Saturday, 29 December 2012

29/12/12 League Nottingham Forest (a) 2-2 draw

The pitch wasn't in great shape

The weather was a real factor leading up to this and it was touch and go whether the game would be on or not. Luckily for the travelling support, it was game on.

And once again, Palace started the better and it was Murray once again scoring in first ten minutes of the game. There were plenty of chances to go two up but it started to look like the same old story. Palace looked very dangerous on the break with Zaha, Bolasie and Moritz all quick on the ball but the home side worked their way back into it. And the equaliser came just before the half, a twenty yarder from Andy Reid which left Speroni rooted to the spot. The 2nd half began in similar fashion but it was always going to be difficult on a heavy pitch. We pushed for a second and perhaps made more headway but Holloway decided enough was enough and replaced Zaha and Moritz with Williams and Easter. The ground was not conjusive to wide play with all the rain so the change was sensible. And it seemed to pay off, Murray put Palace into the lead on 81 minutes and on a personal note, his 23rd goal of the season. A fantastic achievement. Unfortunately, that was not it. The minute the referee gave five minutes of Fergie time the Palace fans were suffering from the jitters. Then it came, an equaliser from Sharp and the game ended 2-2. Rough luck but it’s a point.

View from TheEaglesBeak; I get the frustration but 25 games played, 44 points taken and 4th in the table with all to play for. A very decent end to 2012 and at the good end of the table. Bring on 2013!

01 Speroni
21 Moxey
28 Ramage
33 Gabbidon
04 Parr
07 Bolasie (Garvan 84’)
08 Dikgacoi
30 Moritz (Williams 72’)
15 Jedinak - booked
16 Zaha (Easter 71’)
17 Murray GOALS 9’ & 81’

Unused substitutes; 40 Fitzsimons, 06 Martin, 22 O’Keefe, 24 Appiah

Referee; Haywood
Attendence; 23,703

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