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Preview: Bristol City vs Crystal Palace

24 October 2017

Palace aim to reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup as they travel to Roy Hodgson's former club Bristol City this evening.

The Eagles head to Ashton Gate for the first time since August 2013 when they were knocked out of the same competition by City, and the recently redeveloped stadium hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Palace who haven't won at the venue since 1980.

Two years later, Hodgson would spend a short time as Robins manager in what was his first managerial job in England, but he lasted just four months in charge, having previously been assistant to Bob Houghton.

Robins looking for a third scalp

Saturday saw the Robins lose for the first time in 13 games as Leeds United ran out convincing 3-0 winners at Ashton Gate, seeing them slip out of the Championship play-off places in the process.

However, having finished 17th last season, Lee Johnson's side will be buoyed by their start to the campaign, especially their run to this stage of the competition. After beating Plymouth Argyle in the first round, they have also knocked out Premier League duo Watford and Stoke City, with the Potters dispatched 2-0 at Ashton Gate last month.

Bobby Reid tops their goalscoring charts with eight goals in all competitions so far, with £5 million summer arrival Famara Diedhiou adding another six.

View from the opposition

Lee Johnson: "I believe in the squad. It's more for me about ticking the boxes: have we got the height, can we match the markers, have we got speed, have we got someone who can unlock a door, have we got energy in the middle?

"It's more about putting together a team who will be effective on that particular day."

Team news

Former Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker will miss the game with a knee injury, while doubts remain over Korey Smith who has a tight hamstring as well as Jamie Patterson who has been suffering with illness.

Meanwhile, loanees Cauley Woodrow and Jonathan Leko are cup-tied having played earlier in the competition and Matty Taylor may face a ban after receiving a straight red card in the defeat to Leeds, although the club will appeal.

Eros Pisano is close to returning following a knee complaint and Milan Djuric successfully played 45 minutes for the Robins' under-23s on Friday.

Hodgson has indicated he will make changes to his team, suggesting in his post-match press conference on Tyneside that James Tomkins, Martin Kelly and Wayne Hennessey could all be involved as he looks to evaluate more of his squad.

Matchday officials

Tim Robinson takes charge of Palace for the first time in his career on Tuesday night, and the Football League official has been busy in his 16 appointments to date, dishing out seven red cards already this term, including one to Watford's Jose Holebas in their second round defeat against City.

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Refs: Andrew Fox and Mark Jones
Fourth Official: Andy Davies

Ticket and Travel Information

Tickets are still on sale to season ticket holders and paid members at two person.

Adults - £12
Over 65s - £8
Under-22s - £8
Under-19s - £5

Coaches will depart Selhurst Park at 2pm, priced at £19 per seat.

Tickets and coaches can be booked online, by calling the ticket line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

The Robins have confirmed that over 18,000 tickets have already been snapped up for the cup tie.

Extra Time and Penalties

If the match is drawn after 90 minutes the tie will go to extra-time and then penalties.

League Cup fixtures do not go to replays right up until the semi-final stage.

This season, there is also the addition of ABBA penalties for drawn ties if it goes past extra-time.

Each team then alternates in taking two penalties until a result is achieved.

The idea behind the change is to take away the unfair disadvantage the team that takes the second penalty supposedly has when they have to kick to stay in the game.

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to Ashton Gate, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV later in the week.

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Match Reports

Report: Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace

24 October 2017

Palace’s miserable record at Ashton Gate continued as Bristol City cruised into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with a convincing victory over the Eagles.

Having not beaten City on their own patch in 11 previous attempts stretching back to 1980, things looked to be going smoothly when Bakary Sako opened the scoring after 21 minutes, but strikes from Matty Taylor and Milan Djuric put the hosts ahead before half-time, before a wondergoal by Joe Bryan was quickly followed by a long-range effort by Callum O’Dowda in the second half to end the Eagles’ interest in the competition.

Despite having made 10 changes, the opening half-hour belonged to Roy Hodgson’s team, and just six minutes in they had the hosts’ goalframe shaking. A flowing move began when Ruben Loftus-Cheek pushed forward from inside his own half and fed Sako, whose powerful cross fell perfectly for Chung-yong Lee but his vicious volley thudded against the crossbar.

Sako then tested Luke Steele with a scuffed shot from range, and the positive start continued when Sullay Kaikai went close when he was picked out inside the area but saw his shot beaten away by the goalkeeper.

The Robins delivered a warning shot of their own 20 minutes in when Aden Flint poked goalwards after the ball fell fortuitously for him but it came straight to Wayne Hennessey, and seconds after that little scare Palace found the opening goal that their early dominance deserved.

Once again, Loftus-Cheek was instrumental in the move, gaining possession and starting an attack before releasing Sako, and after taking a touch the Malian drove the ball under Steele to spark celebrations in front of the travelling 2,000 Eagles fans.

The virtual one-way traffic continued when Kaikai forced Steele to make another awkward-looking save, but having beaten Premier League opposition in both Watford and Stoke City in the previous rounds, City were no pushovers and they proved it again on 34 minutes by pulling level.

A long ball came towards Patrick van Aanholt who air-shotted a clearance before trying to tidy up by heading back to Hennessey, however his attempted backpass was too tame and Taylor managed to nip in, control with his chest and fire the falling ball beyond Hennessey to equalise.

And then five minutes later the game was turned on its head when Lee Johnson’s side got in front. After Hordur Magnusson delivered a long throw into the area, the ball dropped amongst a crowd of players and failed to be cleared, allowing Djuric, who had only come on for injury-victim Famara Diedhiou eight minutes earlier, to blast past Hennessey.

A fine stop by Steele prevented Sako from doubling his tally and sending the sides in level at the break, and after recovering from a shaky start the City custodian showed his quality once again after the restart when he displayed brilliant reactions to stop Loftus-Cheek from netting his first Palace goal via a cute flick from a Sako cross.

Those saves proved pivotal as it laid the foundations for his team to quickly move out of sight, as on the hour mark Palace’s cup hopes were left hanging by a thread. There looked to be little on when Bryan received the ball on the corner of the area, but he unleashed a bullet of a shot that flashed over Hennessey and clipped the top of the crossbar before flying into the net.

And those hopes were ended just six minutes later when a free-kick was pumped into the box from the halfway line which Palace could only clear to O’Dowda who flicked the ball up before rifling it into the bottom corner of the net to add to the Eagles’ misery.

That goal ended the game as a contest and the remainder passed by without virtually any incident, although Jason Puncheon went close to ending his goal drought with a few minutes remaining but again Steele was equal to it, and the stopper also got down low to deny Freddie Ladapo a first goal in Palace colours as a disappointing evening for Hodgson’s team came to its conclusion.

Bristol City: Steele, Pisano (Paterson 65), Wright, Flint, Magnusson, Bryan, O'Dowda, Brownhill, Pack, Taylor, Diédhiou (Djuric 31, Bakinson 80). Subs not used: Fielding, Vyner, Kelly, Eliasson.

Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Kelly, Tomkins, Van Aanholt (Lumeka 82), Puncheon, Riedewald, Lee (Ladapo 57), Loftus-Cheek, Kaikai (Souare 64), Sako. Subs not used: Henry, Delaney, Phillips, Mutch.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Carabao Cup At Bristol City

27 September 2017

Tickets for our Carabao Cup 4th round match at Bristol City on Tuesday 24th October, kick-off 7.45pm, will be on sale in the following selling order:

Phase 1

Thursday 28th September from 10am

Season Ticket Holders & Paid Members with 2500+ Loyalty Points

One ticket per client reference

Phase 2

Friday 29th September from 10am

Season Ticket Holders – No Loyalty Points requirement

One ticket per client reference

Phase 3

Monday 2nd October from 10am

Paid Members – No Loyalty Points requirement

One ticket per client reference

Phase 4

Tuesday 3rd October from 10am

Season Ticket holders & Paid Members can book one additional ticket (maximum of two tickets per client reference) – No Loyalty Points requirement

One ticket per client reference

All sales phases are subject to availability.

Ticket Prices

Adults - £12

Seniors (65+) - £8

Under 22 - £8

Under 19 - £5

Disabled supporters tickets are priced at the relevant age category and will receive a free Personal Assistant ticket if they qualify for the medium-high rate care/mobility or PIP enhanced rate. (Disabled tickets can only currently be booked in person at the Box Office, or by calling 08712 000 071).

The away seating is located in the Ayteo Stand which is covered from row 12 upwards. Supporters in rows 1 to 11 are open to the elements.

Coach Travel.

This will depart Selhurst Park at 2pm and is priced at £19 per seat.

Match tickets and coach travel will be available to book online, by calling the ticket line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

Loyalty Points can be viewed at any time, by logging into your account, selecting “My Account” and then “Loyalty Points”.


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