Q&A With Crystal Palace

  • September 28, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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Bolton welcome Crystal Palace to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday in what will be the first meeting between the two sides since 2005.

Kevin Nolan was on target in that last meeting, with Sam Allardyce's Wanderers side running out 1-0 winners at Selhurst Park in what was then a Premier League fixture.

Both sides have since dropped out of the top flight and ahead of this weekend's game, we have got the views of Dan Theolmesdaleroad, a Palace supporter from holmesdale.net.

In this edition of Q&A, Dan gives us his views on Palace's season so far, Wilfried Zaha and a memorable game between the two clubs back in the Burnden Park days.

Q: Crystal Palace currently occupy 15th place in the Championship. How has your season been so far?

A: Typically enigmatic. A woeful first few games led to many fans calling for the manger's head by the end of August. Now, with a few wins under our belt, we're not even out of September and we all think he's the Messiah.

All part of the fun on the rollercoaster ride that is supporting Palace.

Q: Palace finished 17th last season and were beaten semi-finalists in the League Cup. How do you think you will do this season?

A: Now we're out of the League Cup, we can, as the cliché goes, concentrate on the league. And with the additions we've made to the squad recently, I think we have the potential to do considerably better than last year.

I would be surprised and disappointed with anything less than a top-half finish and with the strength in depth we have, I believe that a play-off place is a distinct possibility, but it's early days yet.

Q: Wilfried Zaha was apparently close to making a move to the Reebok Stadium in January. Do you think he would have been a good player for us in the Premier League?

A: I'm sure he would've done you proud, but he's still young, still learning his trade and may not have kept you up all on his own. It wouldn't have been the right thing for him to move.

Q: Aside from Zaha, who is your most dangerous player?

A: Aaron Wilbraham. They don't call him 'Wilbrahimovic' for no reason.

Q: Do you think Bolton can gain promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking?

A: Yes, I think Bolton probably have enough in their locker to make a serious push for promotion, but then a lot of fans expect that of their clubs when they come down and more often than not it doesn't happen.

This is a very tough league and having come down last year, many teams will see you as a major scalp and will raise their game to try to beat you. But like us, you've done a fair bit of yo-yoing over recent years, so I'm sure you're under no illusions.

Q: Which Bolton player will Dougie Freedman be earmarking as a potential threat to the Palace goal?

A: Chris Eagles' name is always going to stand out on the team sheet for obvious reasons, not least of all because he is a very good player, while Kevin Davies is always very dangerous and Martin Petrov is a class above this division.

Then we've got to look out for Zat Knight at set-pieces. Even Andy Lonergan scored for North End a few years ago. Blimey, you've got goals everywhere!

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be at the Reebok on Saturday afternoon?

A: I remember a thrilling 2-2 at Burnden Park in the '90s, so if we don't win, I'll settle for another one of those.

If we go up, I hope you come with us as I live up north and Bolton is a local-ish game for me, so all the best for the season ahead (after Saturday, anyway!).

Burnden Aces would like to thank Dan for sharing his views ahead of Saturday's game at the Reebok.

You can read more answers from the Palace fans by checking out our Q&A thread at holmesdale.net.

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