Late goal keeps Palace in check at Selhurst Park

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway was ‘disappointed’ with his side’s performance after his former employers Blackpool grabbed a last-gasp equaliser.

Owen Garvan’s 52nd-minute header cancelled out Nathan Delfouneso’s first-half opener before Glenn Murray scored his 18th goal of the season with 26 minutes left.

Palace were left stunned when Blackpool substitute Nouha Dicko grabbed a late point for the Tangerines to deny Holloway's side the chance of moving to within a point of league leaders Cardiff.

Holloway, who moved to Selhurst Park at the beginning of November after managing Blackpool for three years, said: “It’s real disappointing because we looked a shadow of how we’ve played recently.

“We almost wasted the first 45 minutes. Murray didn’t get a chance and he’s got so many goals lately it’s scary. He got one in the second half and the team created lots more. That was more like us.

“It’s not easy when you have been somewhere a long time and had some great times. I carried my shield very proudly when I was at Blackpool and I’m trying to do that here at Crystal Palace,” added the Bristolian manager.

Holloway made one change to the side that defeated arch-rivals Brighton with Darcy Blake coming in for the virus-stricken Joel Ward at right-back.

Blackpool, who have not lost a game since Michael Appleton replaced Holloway at Bloomfield Road, started the better side with the Seasiders controlling possession in midfield.

The away side took the lead when Tom Ince played in a defence-splitting cross for on-loan striker Delfouneso to score at the back post.

Palace levelled the scoring seven minutes into the second half after winger Yannick Bolasie played a threatening ball into Blackpool’s penalty box for the unchallenged Garvan to nod home.

Holloway made a positive substitution shortly after Palace’s goal - taking off Blake for Brazilian playmaker Andre Moritz – resulting in Kagisho Dikgacoi moving to right-back for the second consecutive match.

Garvan turned provider for Palace’s second when the Irishman chipped in a delicate ball for Murray to score his 10th goal since Holloway’s arrival at Selhurst Park.

Blackpool earned a deserved point in the 89th minute as the unmarked Dicko tapped-in a Wes Thomas cross to the despair of Palace fans.

Palace’s home unbeaten record under Holloway remains intact going into their final home match of 2012 against Huddersfield in two weeks' time.

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2:43pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Olliesadreamer says...

Well thought after the first half display, we were lucky with the point we could easily have been 3 down at half time but a good initial second half display. Still a bit worried about Ollies staying power and childish comments about being stared at. Ollie said that Zaha not going anywhere as he is in contract. Bet he does as that is the only time we will get money for him. Things might change in the transfer window but let's see just what Ollie is made of then. I'm still not sure he is the right man
Well thought after the first half display, we were lucky with the point we could easily have been 3 down at half time but a good initial second half display. Still a bit worried about Ollies staying power and childish comments about being stared at. Ollie said that Zaha not going anywhere as he is in contract. Bet he does as that is the only time we will get money for him. Things might change in the transfer window but let's see just what Ollie is made of then. I'm still not sure he is the right man Olliesadreamer
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10:32pm Mon 10 Dec 12

IHIHIH says...

I think nobody should be in any doubt about the seriousness of stares. Primary and secondary stares cost the NHS many billions of pounds each year to treat, and numerous work days are lost to the UK economy through people taking time off to try to deal with this debilitating condition.

The psychological effects can take years to get over without the right type of treatment but, as I have said, stares are generally not a terminal condition. Shields are effective, but you really need to take medical advice as there could be unknown side effects to such remedies. My heart goes out to Mr Holloway. Get well soon.
I think nobody should be in any doubt about the seriousness of stares. Primary and secondary stares cost the NHS many billions of pounds each year to treat, and numerous work days are lost to the UK economy through people taking time off to try to deal with this debilitating condition. The psychological effects can take years to get over without the right type of treatment but, as I have said, stares are generally not a terminal condition. Shields are effective, but you really need to take medical advice as there could be unknown side effects to such remedies. My heart goes out to Mr Holloway. Get well soon. IHIHIH
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10:38pm Mon 10 Dec 12

IHIHIH says...

Oh, and Blackpool deserved to win. This is going to be an interesting period for Palace, but the team should concentrate on what happens on the field, and not be distracted by all the inevitable off-field activity. The Ego Has Landed!!!
Oh, and Blackpool deserved to win. This is going to be an interesting period for Palace, but the team should concentrate on what happens on the field, and not be distracted by all the inevitable off-field activity. The Ego Has Landed!!! IHIHIH
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5:26pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Bacardibreeser says...

CP fans beware of sheep in wolves clothing, you were up the top before IH came, look up his career. When at Pool he turned on a fan for questioning him, said he was sick of the complaints, he is very weak hence the sheep in wolves clothing.
CP fans beware of sheep in wolves clothing, you were up the top before IH came, look up his career. When at Pool he turned on a fan for questioning him, said he was sick of the complaints, he is very weak hence the sheep in wolves clothing. Bacardibreeser
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8:44pm Tue 11 Dec 12

west palm beach says...

Palace fans Hello.Im a BFC fan who moved to America but i have allways kept up with whats going on with my club IH is a good mngr but not a great mngr.We are all gratefull for what he did at Blackpool,but ,he did leave us on less than homourable circumstances..He has a weakness and that is his defensive part of the game .The way we took a point from you we suffered a miltitude of games like that .It cost us our place in the prem and against West Ham in the playoff last year..he has a nice little way of collecting bonuses on players sold.So beware a cat doesnt change his spots.He can be moody and dont ? him on what he does he looses it.good luck CP fans and beware
Palace fans Hello.Im a BFC fan who moved to America but i have allways kept up with whats going on with my club IH is a good mngr but not a great mngr.We are all gratefull for what he did at Blackpool,but ,he did leave us on less than homourable circumstances..He has a weakness and that is his defensive part of the game .The way we took a point from you we suffered a miltitude of games like that .It cost us our place in the prem and against West Ham in the playoff last year..he has a nice little way of collecting bonuses on players sold.So beware a cat doesnt change his spots.He can be moody and dont ? him on what he does he looses it.good luck CP fans and beware west palm beach
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8:44pm Tue 11 Dec 12

west palm beach says...

Palace fans Hello.Im a BFC fan who moved to America but i have allways kept up with whats going on with my club IH is a good mngr but not a great mngr.We are all gratefull for what he did at Blackpool,but ,he did leave us on less than homourable circumstances..He has a weakness and that is his defensive part of the game .The way we took a point from you we suffered a miltitude of games like that .It cost us our place in the prem and against West Ham in the playoff last year..he has a nice little way of collecting bonuses on players sold.So beware a cat doesnt change his spots.He can be moody and dont ? him on what he does he looses it.good luck CP fans and beware
Palace fans Hello.Im a BFC fan who moved to America but i have allways kept up with whats going on with my club IH is a good mngr but not a great mngr.We are all gratefull for what he did at Blackpool,but ,he did leave us on less than homourable circumstances..He has a weakness and that is his defensive part of the game .The way we took a point from you we suffered a miltitude of games like that .It cost us our place in the prem and against West Ham in the playoff last year..he has a nice little way of collecting bonuses on players sold.So beware a cat doesnt change his spots.He can be moody and dont ? him on what he does he looses it.good luck CP fans and beware west palm beach
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