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Moments of the Decade: Warnock Play-Off Push

19 November 2015


All this week we are giving you the chance to vote for your favourite Palace moment of the last decade. Here we look back at the push for the Championship Play-Offs under Neil Warnock's management.

Neil Warnock was appointed for his first spell as Crystal Palace manager during a difficult time for the club. Peter Taylor had been sacked as Eagles boss in early October, having presided over two wins in the opening ten games of the Championship season, with Warnock taking the reigns three days later.



The club looked set to be in for a relegation dog fight and results were slow to change following Warnock's appointment, with his first victory as Palace boss coming a month and a half after his arrival, a 2-1 away win at Colchester United - his seventh league game.

Palace then went unbeaten for 12 games, hammering the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers along the way. Warnock's faith in youth was rewarded, as Palace began to climb away from the foot of the table and begin to get their season going after a tricky start. Results still fluctuated, but there were more wins than there had been under Taylor and things began to look up on the pitch.



The likes of Ben Watson, Tom Soares and Scott Sinclair all features for the Eagles that term, with Watson proving to be a vital member of Warnock's central midfield. Sean Scannell and Victor Moses were also key contributors.

Warnock's young guns continued to impress and Palace shaped up to be promotion candidates after a strong second half of the season, which ended with a 5-0 home hammering of ten man Burnley at Selhurst Park.



In the semi-finals of the Play-Offs Palace faced Bristol City over two legs. However, both games were lost 2-1 (4-2 on aggregate), with Watson scoring Palace's only goals in either leg, ending the dream. Despite the defeat, the emerging stars within the Palace squad provoked a sense of optimism for the on-pitch future of the Eagles.


Was this your favourite Eagles moment from the last 10 years? Vote for yours online here where you can watch this and the all the other contenders now!

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