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16 July 2019 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

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Preview: Eagles eye second pre-season victory over Barnet

16 July 2019

Crystal Palace enter their third pre-season fixture of the new campaign tonight against National League club Barnet, and will be looking to continue their push for minutes and fitness as the 2019/20 Premier League campaign draws ever closer.

Palace are expected to field a side mixed with Development and first team players this evening as much of the squad have only recently returned from their pre-season tour of Switzerland.

Whilst away, the Eagles managed to defeat FC Luzern on penalties after a second-minute Christian Benteke goal was nullified by Pascal Schürpf. They also lost to eventual Uhrencup champions BSC Young Boys during a week focussed intensively in the gym and training pitch.

SEE ALSO: Crystal Palace to play Barnet away in pre-season clash tonight

Now, back on English soil, the lads will be facing a test against a Barnet side who finished mid-table in the National League and are currently unbeaten in their pre-season clashes.

The Bees managed a 13th-place finish in the last campaign having dropped into the National league from League Two at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Most notably, they overcame now-Premier League side Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup last year, defeating the Blades 1-0 thanks to a Shaq Coulthirst penalty.

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It is Coulthirst that fans should be keeping an eye on tonight, too, with the 24-year-old forward having finished top scorer for Darren Currie’s team last campaign and bagging twice in pre-season already.

Though conversely, having netted just 45 times last season - only three of 24 clubs celebrated less - Barnet are lacking offensively and manager Currie recently said that: “I need a centre-forward. It’s been spoken about since the very first day I took over; I think it’s been obvious for the past six months.”

SEE ALSO: Round-up: 6 things you probably missed from Palace’s pre-season tour

In defence, however, the circumstances couldn’t be further removed - with the Bees conceding just 50 goals last season, the second-fewest of anyone in the bottom 14.

This defensive solidity shows in pre-season so far, having defeated Berkhamsted 5-1 and drawn 1-1 with League One club Wycombe Wanderers.

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The Eagles and the Bees last faced off in a pre-season friendly in the summer of 2015, with the south Londoners running out as victors in a 5-3 win thanks to a Dwight Gayle hat-trick and goals from Reise Allasani and Fraizer Campbell.

Though perhaps the most remarkable link between Palace and Barnet comes from Dutch legend Edgar Davids. The iconic midfielder, of course, famously made seven appearances in red and blue in what he described as "one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

The former Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona man then went to Barnet as player-manager and saw the club relegated from League Two in 2013.

Remarkably, the now 46-year-old was booked in each of his eight first league games in the 2013-14 season and was sent off three times in the same spell.

Let's hope we see cleaner performances tonight.

Tickets are available online (click here to buy) and on the gate, with online prices at £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for under-17s. Kick-off will be at 7.45pm.

The match is not being broadcast live by either club.


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Match Reports

Report: Palace fall to buoyant Barnet

Barnet 6-2 Crystal Palace

16 July 2019

A Crystal Palace squad which handed minutes to a range of Development talents extended their run of pre-season fixtures this evening as they lost 6-2 to an inspired Barnet side who found momentum after a late first-half surge.

Palace sent the Bees' net bulging through the boots of David Boateng and Connor Wickham early in the game but were undone by the home side's Mo Bettamer and Jack Barham when the pair bagged late in the opening 45 to menace a surprise comeback. David Totunda then gave Barnet the lead at the opening of the second half before earning their fourth to seemingly confirm victory for the Bees.

With Simeon Akinola later adding a fifth and a young trialist the sixth, the result would only fall one way and Palace were left to see out the final few minutes behind at the Hive stadium.

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The Eagles were off to the strongest start they could have managed as they netted within three minutes of play commencing. Laid-off by frontman Alexander Sorloth, Boateng picked up the ball to the right of Scott Loach’s goal before touching his way ever nearer to the penalty area. Composed under the on-coming pressure of the Bees’ defence, the Development midfielder did well to strike home past Roach and open Palace’s account.

Meeting a Kian Flanagan corner, the strong start was strengthened shortly afterwards as Wickham’s stretched leg volleyed the floated ball and doubled Palace’s lead.

Reacting to Palace's initial dominance, Barnet then earned their first attempt at goal when Barham headed wide of debutant Stephen Henderson’s right post from a well-lofted Dan Sparkes cross. Looking to re-establish the visitor's superiority, Gio McGregor was denied by the instinctively out-struck glove of Loach, who raced to the edge of his box before meeting the young Palace midfielder’s close-range effort with conviction.

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The threat of a Palace goal-fest cancelled out, Barnet began to find their rhythm and landed their first shot on target when Barham - adjusting from his earlier attempt - headed firmly into the arms of Henderson, the Palace team warned of his aerial presence. 

The Eagles were handed a second warning and foreboding sign of things to come when Charlee Adams connected with an effort on the edge of their box which, were it not for the driving challenge of Luke Dreher, looked likely to trouble Henderson. But thanks to the young midfielder’s efforts, Palace’s Irish shot-stopper was left to deal with a bite lacking its venom.

Ultimately, however, the host’s pressure yielded results as Ephron Mason-Clark was sent tumbling in the box by centre-back Ryan Inniss. Conceding the penalty, Palace also conceded their first of the night as Bettamer buried a collected and powerful effort far into the recesses of Henderson’s goal. Despite the ‘keeper’s tantalisingly close paw, the ball nestled tight within the post to send the onlooking Barnet fans into celebration.

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Before they’d had the chance to sit back down, the north London faithful were repeating their anthemic support moments later as goalscorer Bettamer did well to dance his way into space and unleash a ball low across the Palace box.

Stretching his leg from a handful of yards, Barham this time hit the target without his head and doubled Barnet’s tally barely a minute after it had first been notched on the scoreboard.

Coming out for the second half, the home side remained buoyed by their late resurgence in the first half and scored within two minutes of play re-commencing. Substitute Totunda was the third for the hosts to see his name hit the scoresheet as he jinked his way around the Palace defence and slotted home from a shallow angle.

With the wind in their sails, the fourth soon came for Barnet as a magnificently spotted through-ball from Andre Boucaud found fellow substitute Antonis Vasiliou. Squaring for Tutonda to double his haul in timely fashion, Vasiliou provided the simplest of tap-ins for his teammate.

Four then turned to five in a challenging evening for Palace when Darren Currie’s substitutions appeared inspired: Akinola being another man from the bench to net.

Joining potential future teammate and substitute Akinola, a talented-looking Barnet trialist rounded off the evening by netting the Bees’ sixth.

Barnet: Loach, Alexander (Tutonda 45), Sweeney (Boucaud 51), Santos (Syla 76), Johnson (Reynolds 45), Adams (Box 45), H.Taylor, Bettamer (J.Taylor 45), Mason-Clark (Akinola 45), Sparkes (Vasiliou 45), Barham (Trailist 65).

Subs not used: Azaze, Hernandez.

Palace: Henderson, D.Boateng, Inniss, Woods, Riedewald, Dreher (M.Boateng 84), McGregor, Flanagan (Hobbs 79), Daly, Wickham (Lokilo 79), Sorloth.

Subs not used: Tupper, Pierrick, Aveiro.

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