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Tuesday's Top Tens: Alternative Moments of the Season

3 June 2014

Every Tuesday during pre-season, will be delving into the history books and compiling some top tens from years gone by at Selhurst Park.

To kick off our brand new summer series, we pick out a mixture of key and quirky points from the 2013/14 campaign that you may have forgotten, in our Top 10 Alternative Moments of the Season.   

(10) Paddy Plays First League Game In Two Years
With Palace leading 1-0 against fellow strugglers Hull at Selhurst Park thanks to Jason Puncheon’s first half strike, the onus was well and truly on the Eagles to maintain their slender advantage and pick up another crucial three points. 

Due to the tense nature of the game, Paddy McCarthy’s 64th minute introduction perhaps didn’t quite get the attention it deserved. 

After 20 months out of the game, the Irishman came on in place of Yannick Bolasie for his Premier League debut at a crucial point in the match, slotting into a back five to help Tony Pulis’ men cling on for a massive victory.

(9) Bolasie Floors Coutinho!
In amongst the sheer madness of the memorable 3-3 draw against Liverpool, winger Yannick Bolasie was involved in a rather comical incident that epitomised Palace’s desire on that May Monday night. 

With the Eagles already on the comeback trail at 3-2, Bolasie chased down a loose ball on the right flank and used his strength to send Coutinho flying through the air, much to the joy of a now rocking Selhurst Park. 

That helped get the crowd going even more and Palace would of course go on to earn a share of the spoils through Dwight Gayle’s late equaliser.

Although it was the young striker who stole the headlines for his super-sub cameo, Bolasie’s encounter with Liverpool’s Brazilian playmaker went viral on social media after the game.  

(8) Ward Gives City A Festive Fright 
Palace had amassed just one point from six previous games against the top six sides in the Premier League going into what seemed a daunting trip to Manchester City.

After holding out for over an hour against their illustrious opponents, the Eagles fell behind on 66 minutes through Edin Dzeko. But they came so close to earning themselves what would have been a deserved point. 

Joel Ward, playing in midfield that day in December, brought the very best out of Joe Hart, who had to be at full stretch to turn his stinging volley around the post.

And seconds later from the resulting corner, Ward headed just wide at the back post as the Eagles just came up short. But that late onslaught on the City goal gave Palace huge confidence going into the New Year.   

(7) Chamakh’s Hull Headband Hell! 
Having had his critics in the early stages of the season, it was a humorous episode against Hull City at the KC Stadium in November which encapsulated how much Marouane Chamakh was up for the relegation dog fight. 

Following an early clash of heads with Tigers defender Paul McShane, a bloody Chamakh had to be patched up by physio Alex Manos.

Despite his obvious discomfort, the Moroccan played on, comically losing his headband not once but twice, before eventually being forced to leave the field. 

It was perhaps this 20-minute spell that finally endeared Chamakh to the Eagles faithful – and laid the foundations for the striker’s vital goals against West Ham United and Cardiff City a fortnight later. 

(6) Millen’s Palace Have Gunners Rocking 
The final week of October 2013 began with a demoralising 4-1 home defeat at home to fellow strugglers Fulham and the subsequent departure of boss Ian Holloway – leaving caretaker boss Keith Millen just two days to prepare his team for the visit of league leaders Arsenal.

A gritty first half display was undone early in the second period when Mikel Arteta gave the Gunners the lead, but Palace showed a renewed spirit and determination in an attempt to get back into the game. 

Joel Ward’s stinging strike was tipped onto the bar by Wojciech Szczesny – and the Pole produced one of the saves of the season from the resulting corner, showing great reactions to keep out Mile Jedinak’s arrowing volley. 

The Gunners added a killer second goal late on through Olivier Giroud, but having had Arsene Wenger’s table-toppers on the ropes for much of the second half, the seeds of Palace’s recovery had been sewn.

(5) Delaney’s Big ‘40’ At Goodison Park
The scenes of celebration after the 3-2 victory at Everton were a sight that no Palace supporter will forget for some time – but it was the gesture from Damien Delaney that summed up everything our season had been about. 

After goals from Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome sealed a 3-2 win that took the Eagles soaring onto the magic 40-point mark, the joy of Irishman Delaney encapsulated the feeling of the red and blue army. 

In amongst the joyous scenes, the centre-back was pictured signalling ‘40’ with his fingers and shouting the number to the travelling red and blue army as they celebrated the prospect of a second season in the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.  

(4) Speroni Gives Cardiff The Blues
Palace’s 2-0 victory over Cardiff City in December made it two home wins in a week for Tony Pulis as he started life at Selhurst Park in perfect fashion – but the story could have been so different were it not for Julian Speroni.

Although the game was barely five minutes old, the Argentine’s early save from Fraizer Campbell proved to be a turning point in the contest. 

Seconds after Speroni’s reactions had kept out the striker’s header, Palace took the lead at the other end through a header of their own from Cameron Jerome – and it proved to be a hammer psychological blow to the Bluebirds. 

Pulis’ men went on to record a vital 2-0 victory, which put them level on points with 17th placed West Ham and just a point behind Cardiff.

(3) Holloway’s Jig Of Joy
During our tough start to the season in August, September and October, Palace picked up just one win from their opening 10 Premier League games, so it’s easy to forget our 3-1 win over Sunderland in our second home game of the season. 

After scrappy opening goal from Danny Gabbidon was cancelled out by Steven Fletcher, Dwight Gayle put the hosts in front from the penalty spot. 

With fingernails still being bitten in the stands, substitute Stuart O’Keefe fired in one of the goals of the season to secure a 3-1 win – and cue scenes of celebration on the dugout. 

Then-manager Ian Holloway marked his first and only Premier League victory as Palace manager with a jig of joy on the touchline, captured on camera with the jubilant Holmesdale Road Stand providing the backdrop.

(2) Murray’s Emotional Comeback
It was debut goals from Tom Ince and Joe Ledley that ultimately stole the show in February’s 3-1 triumph over West Bromwich Albion, but a returning hero graced a Premier League pitch for the first time that day, too.

Having banged in 31 goals during the Eagles’ promotion-winning 2012/13 season, Glenn Murray was forced out of the Championship Play-Off Final and the first six months of the top-flight campaign after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Brighton and Hove Albion in May 2013. 

But after nine frustrating months on the sidelines, Murray returned as a second half introduction against the Baggies, sparking an emotional and vocal reception from the Selhurst Park faithful for arguably the biggest cheer of the day. 


(1) Palace Go To Hull And Back For Vital Win
After picking up just four points from a turbulent opening 11 Premier League games, Palace went to Hull in Keith Millen’s final game in charge as caretaker boss. 

With the game perfectly poised at 0-0 going into the final 15 minutes, Yannick Bolasie was shown a straight red card and it looked like being another winless game for the Eagles.

But Barry Bannan popped up to give the 10 men the lead three minutes later, sparking a backs-to-the-wall conclusion to the match which proved to be a crucial period in Palace’s season.

In front of the watching Tony Pulis, who had been appointed manager hours before kick-off, the Eagles’ goal survived a stoppage time onslaught as Dean Moxey volleyed one effort off the line, before Liam Rosenior’s goal-bound volley smacked the upright.

Millen’s men held on for a narrow but important win, leaving Pulis to inherit a rejuvenated squad high on confidence following a first away victory of the campaign. 

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