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2014/15 In Review: January

12 June 2015

With the season done and dusted, takes a look back at the biggest stories, photos, video and tweets from 2014/15. After Neil Warnock left after a disastrous December, Alan Pardew's arrival instantly made an impact.

As 2014 turned to 2015, Palace travelled to Birmingham to play Aston Villa and an interested spectator in Alan Pardew watched from the directors box as another goalless draw was claimed.

With the new manager about to be appointed, a host of Palace stars returned from loan spells including Glenn Murray, hoping to get back in the side with Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak away on international duty, the latter also being crowned the Football Federation Australia Player of the Year.

Three days into the new year, Palace got their man as Pardew was announced as Neil Warnock's replacement, as he left Newcastle United to take up a new challenge in south London with his new side sitting 18th in the table.

MANAGER: #cpfc confirm appointment of Alan Pardew as new manager.

— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 3, 2015

His first game was a potential banana skin against Conference side Dover Athletic in the FA Cup but the non-leaguers were overcome 4-0, with Scott Dann scoring two goals.

Having seen the under-18s score seven goals twice this season, the development side repeated the trick with a 7-2 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers, but they were without Andy Johnson whose short term deal expired and Kwesi Appiah who received a call-up to Ghana's AFCON squad.

The Pardew factor was in full effect as a rejuvenated squad and fans helped beat Tottenham 2-1 at Selhurst to record a first league win in nine games and lift Palace out of the drop zone.

Today's goalscorers @punch_jason and @dwightgayle speak to @SkySports after today's superb victory

— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 10, 2015

With the transfer window open Pardew moved quickly to sign Yaya Sanogo on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season and he helped make a difference as Palace came back from two goals down to beat Burnley 3-2 thanks to a late Dwight Gayle winner.


— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 17, 2015

The Palace away fans celebrate at the final whistle. 3 hard earned points in the bag! #cpfc

— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 17, 2015

Further progress was made in the FA Cup as Palace beat Southampton 3-2 at St Mary's with Sanogo scoring his first goal in a Palace shirt, and the squad was strengthened further with the arrivals of Jordon Mutch and Shola Ameobi, plus Murray signed a new contract while Stuart O'Keefe departed to Cardiff City.

Our international stars were progressing well as Appiah made his international debut and Bolasie's performances for DR Congo ensured both sides made it through to the semi-finals.

Jedinak had gone one step further though and helped his side win the Asian Cup after beating South Korea in the final to collect the silverware, on the same day that Palace lost 1-0 to Everton.

Read how Mile Jedinak and Australia won the Asian Cup online here:

— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 31, 2015
Player of the Month: Dwight Gayle

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