Sunday, 1 February 2015

Perfect 6:0 and other less prominent results

Blog post 885

Hello and welcome,

Another Dream Job story update today. I am pleased with the latest Crystal Palace matches even despite League Cup failure. In short, it seems squad blending had quite much progress during this period. Currently I feel my Palace is stronger than other PL relegation zone level clubs.

Now please take a look at the recent results:

2 wins, 4 draws, 1 defeat

League Cup failure

I would like to begin with explanation of the loss to Southampton. Well you could say it's quite understandable because Southampton were obvious favorites in this game. But they were playing away and using just half of their first eleven. I made the same kind of rotation because of the tight schedule you can see from the above-placed screenshot. Palace substitution bench players came out and anyway had a little advantage.

Now I think how the match would finish if you used my first eleven. Sounds like I missed to jump at  the opportunity.

Crystal Palace in Premier League

Our Premier League performance improved quite much. Particularly, I want to pay your attention to merely perfect 6:0 victory over Sunderland. That was awesome!

Special thanks to Yannick Bolasie for his hat-trick. 

Another match making me proud of Premier League performance is 3:3 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was very entertaining match: they had 30 shots, we - 20. Mourinho's team got  much of resistance from my boys. The match showed Crystal Palace has reached some (though still initial) level of maturity.

Here are starting squad and formations. My counter-attacking tactics was modified before the match: DMC was moved upwards to MC position with Roaming playmaker role. Suddenly I decided to try Barry Bannan in the new role and got rewarded with one point in the long run.

So here where we are after all:

It's very surprising to see Liverpool in the relegation zone. I suppose it's temporary situation and Brendan Rodgers will bring his team to Top-6.

Palace players

First of all it's nice to see 11 players have average rating >= 7.00.

Inside forwards Zaha and Bolasie inspire all attacking moves. All together with Chamakh they managed to score 17 goals. I hope Dwight Gayle will be able to create some competition for Chamakh at the position of central forward.  Can't say the same about Fraizer Campbell. He's also fast like Gayle and can be efficiently used in counter-attacks but... he disappointed me in almost every minute he had played. Campbell's shots on target = 23%.

I want to praise young talent Jonny Williams. He made 5 assists in 9 matches and deserves the best words for his smart actions on a pitch. Williams is the most prospective Palace player now. He invited me to chat about moving to a bigger club and I had to promise him to accept a bid from Southampton (they had interest at that moment). Just not to ruin good relations.

4 main defenders - Ward, Hangeland, Dann, Kelly - play pretty well together. I can't say they are very reliable but pretty enough to survive in the first season. There's a definite weakness - pace of Hangeland and Dann.

Received player awards

September and October became successful month in sense of player awards. Bolasie, Williams, Zaha got many applauds from football community.

What's next

I do expect to hold somewhere in the middle of the table. Home matches against Stoke, Burnley and West Ham should bring me 5-7 points. It's also logically to expect an away win against Leicester.

Liverpool and Man City will test Crystal Palace for maturity. Then we'll see in what conditions my team enters tough Christmas time.

Excited to blog for you,
Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.