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Preview: Crystal Palace v Shrewsbury Town

25 August 2015

Palace kick off another Capital One Cup campaign tonight at 7.45pm aiming to reach the latter stages of the competition, despite not getting beyond round three since their run to the semi finals in 2011/12.

Their first challenge sees Shrewsbury Town head to Selhurst Park for the first time since the 1988/89 season, having knocked out Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park earlier this month. They reached round four last season where they were eliminated by eventual winners Chelsea.

The Shrews won promotion from League Two last season after finishing runners-up to Burton Albion, but have yet to win a game in the third tier this term after collecting just two draws from their opening four league games.

One of those was claimed on Saturday as they won a point at Oldham Athletic in a 1-1 draw thanks to James Collins' third of the season - he is their top scorer so far.

If there is a draw after 90 minutes then there will be extra-time, and a penalty shoot-out will be used to separate the teams if the scores are still level after that.

The winner will be ball number three in tonight's draw which will take place after the conclusion of the evening's games.


Micky Mellon: "It’s always fantastic to go up against teams from the best league in the country. It’s terrific to measure yourselves against them, go to the big stadiums and see how your team performs against the big clubs. 

"We will definitely go there full of respect for Palace but we have shown in the past we can go there and cause problems. 

"We have to try and keep that in mind and have a plan for what we are going to do without the ball. 

"It’s the next game so it has now become the most important one for us. We know we are taking fans down there and we always want to represent the club properly. 

"We want to give a good account of ourselves and keep building back up the club’s profile in the country. This is another chance to do that. We will be going down there to try and get a result, to win the game."


Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has previously confirmed that Wayne Hennessey is likely to start in goal for this game as he aims to hand some game time to those members of the squad who require it.

That could mean that the likes of Mile Jedinak, Chung-yong Lee, Joe Ledley and Martin Kelly could all come into contention, but Yannick Bolasie will miss the game through compassionate leave.

Marouane Chamakh is likely to miss out with a hamstring injury, with Frazier Campbell also struggling with the same ailment. 

Shrewsbury Town: The Shrews could give former Barnsley defender Sam Patterson a debut after he signed a one-year deal last week, but Connor Goldson has moved to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Nathaniel Knight-Percival and James Wesolowski are still sidelined with long-term knee injuries bu are back in training in Shropshire.

Palace, having been beaten at home by Newcastle United in the third round last season, have not lost consecutive home League Cup games since 1965.

Shrewsbury are unbeaten in their last seven games against Palace in all competitions (W5 D2).

The one previous cup tie between these sides came in the 1958/59 FA Cup, with the Eagles winning a second replay 4-1 at Molineux after two 2-2 draws.

The Shrews have found the net in 12 of their last 13 League Cup matches.


Tonight's game will see Football League referee Darren Bond take charge of Palace for the first time. In his three games this season (two Championship, one League Cup) he has yet to issue a red card.

Referee: D Bond
Assistants: W Ball and D Avent
Fourth Official: F Graham

Palace winsDrawsShrewsbury wins
FA Cup120
League Cup000

1st April 1989
Crystal Palace 1-2 Shrewsbury Town
Second Division

In Palace's promotion season they fell to a 2-1 defeat to the side from Gay Meadow, although they did score through Dave Madden. Alan Pardew played in that game for the Eagles.

Tickets are still available for this game, priced at £15 for adults and £5 for concessions (adult and juniors).
The Main Stand and Holmesdale Upper and Lower will be for home supporters and Whitehorse Lane Stand will be open for visiting supporters. The Arthur Wait Stand will be closed. 
Please note that Block E of the Holmesdale Lower Tier will be a vocal section for this game and the area will not be suitable for supporters wish to watch the game from their seat. 

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There will be a minute's silence prior to tonight's match to remember the Shoreham air disaster victims. 

Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click here to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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