Posted by: RFC Blogger from Bridgend | February 26, 2011

Crystal Palace v Reading ?! updated 2.3.11

What a game!

We concede the earliest goal of the season (?), then go down two goals. Then we get a penalty and score – for the goalie to give away a penalty – which he then saves!

I had thought about going to this game – my brother-in-law is  a Palace fan – and we usually go to this game. But they are away so it seemed a long way to go. I was also hoping for a win as Palace are at the bottom of the division and we should have the quality to beat them.  Pretty soon I was glad I did not make the journey. It sounds like the weather we had yesterday is at Selhurst Park today – as the commentators are describing the pouring rain.

Like I said in my last post – we don’t seem to do well against teams who are fighting for their lives – remember Fulham in 2007/8, and much more recently Sheffield United.

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It was described as the game of the day in the Championship by the commentators on the Football League Show. 3:3. Prior to this game Crystal Palace had not conceded at Home for some time, and for the whole season to date before this game they had only scored twenty goals in total. So to score three on this occasion and to conceded 3 to the Royals in the same game was a slightly bizarre result. 

Listening to it on-line, it was one of those games when you felt like there was a goal on the cards at any moment. The Royals were never in front, and were behind from within a minute of kick off, so were always playing catch up.

The result could have been so different. We may not have gone down a goal in the first minute, and our rooky goalie may not have conceded and then saved a penalty.

An exciting game from start to finish but not a great result really in the scheme of things and from a defensive perspective although we have closed the gap by one point on sixth to 6 points.

Team  Played Actual Points Actual Position Max points over 34 games Potential position on 34 games
QPR 34 67 1 67 1
Swansea 34 62 2 62 2
Cardiff 34 61 3 61 3
Norwich 34 59 4 59 5
Nott’m Forest 33 58 5 61 4
Leeds 34 54 6 54 7
Leicester 34 52 7 52 8
Burnley 32 50 8 56 6
Hull 34 49 9 49 9
Reading 34 48 10 48 11
Millwall 34 47 11 47 12
Watford 33 46 12 49 10
Portsmouth 33 44 13 47 13
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