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Crystal Palace

 By Jim Daly

A little bit of luck would go a long way for Palace

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock criticised referee Phil Dowd for disallowing James McArthur's goal in Palace's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

They say there are two things you need to be successful in life: hard work and a little bit of luck. Palace have the first thing in spades but seem to be seriously lacking in the other at the moment.

In recent weeks, the team has played fairly well but has come away from games with little to show for it. The reason for that has been a combination of some poor finishing, a bit of sloppy defending and just some good old-fashioned bad luck.

Against Tottenham two weeks ago and in the second half...

Three Points: Striker-light Manchester City make easy work of Crystal Palace

David Silva struck twice as Manchester City, playing without a recognised striker, cruised to a 3-0 victory over a troubled Crystal Palace.

MANCHESTER, England -- A trio of observations on Manchester City's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.

1. Make no mistake, the title race is very much on

David Silva rose above everyone else and Manchester City have suddenly risen level with Chelsea at the top of the table courtesy of this win over Crystal Palace.

That may just be for the time being, given that Jose Mourinho's side have a game in hand against Stoke City on Monday, but it is also strikingly quick how City...

 By Jim Daly

Ashley Cole has a place in Palace hearts but Roma version is not needed

Ashley Cole impressed while on loan at Crystal Palace in 2000 and has been linked with a return to the club.

Way back in May 2000 when there was barely any coverage of anything outside the Premier League, Wimbledon were still a team and when Alan Shearer had hair, Palace were in trouble. Big trouble.

The team had been in administration for an entire season, had sold off all their good players and replaced them with a bunch of kids barely out of secondary school. Somehow, though, they were still in a chance of avoiding relegation to what was known as the Second Division.

To fill the gaps in the squad, Palace...

 By Jim Daly

Frustration the buzzword as Palace look nervously at the relegation zone

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock did not believe his side kept their advantage long enough, which allowed Stoke City to level the match at 1-1.

Another game, another frustrating result for Crystal Palace as they let a lead slip to draw 1-1 at home to Stoke on Saturday. That's three games in the past few weeks they have drawn when the performance arguably merited a win. Stalemates at Swansea and Tottenham preceded the disappointment against the Potters.

Frustration is the word of the day at Selhurst Park at the moment. Frustration at not winning more points, not scoring more goals and at things not clicking. The Stoke draw was a classic...

 By Jim Daly

Crystal Palace will miss Mile Jedinak (and his beard), but have other options

Mile Jedinak's beard is no more. But Palace will miss the midfielder more than his facial hair.

Devastating news from South London; the sort of revelation that could have a huge impact on Palace's attempt to stay in the Premier League and could ruin all the hard work the Eagles have done so far this season: Mile Jedinak has shaved his beard off!

The big Aussie central midfielder has been Palace's best player so far this season, having scored five goals and making opposition midfielders quake in their boots. Alongside fellow bearded midfield partner Joe Ledley, the pair have typified the Eagles'...

 By Jim Daly

Palace's wing wizards are crucial to the Eagles' Premier League prospects

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock believed his side were capable of coming out on top against Tottenham, but settled for a 0-0 draw.

A man called Jonathan Swift once said: "There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency," and though I've never heard of him, it rings true at the moment for Crystal Palace -- particularly for wingers Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha.

All the three have the quality to determine matches, and were unlucky not to make a telling difference in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Tottenham.

Zaha impressed numerous times in his first spell at the Eagles as they marched toward promotion in...