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Chairman's Comments - West Ham United

28 October 2017

We bring you the latest views of Steve Parish from his column in today's match programme for the game against West Ham United.

Firstly I would like to formally welcome the players, chairmen, staff and supporters of West Ham United to Selhurst Park today. 

Since I last penned these programme notes, we experienced the most remarkable win over Chelsea which gave us all a massive lift. The noise, just when you all sensed the lads really needed an extra push, was very special to witness and I know how much it impacted upon the players.

Moving onto Newcastle United, and I felt we played well and controlled the game in difficult conditions until the last 15 minutes when we were on the wrong end of a sucker-punch goal. That result really hurt, as I think even the most ardent Newcastle fan would acknowledge we deserved a point.

The Carabao Cup gave Roy a chance to take a look at one or two at Bristol City on Tuesday night, but the performance and result were not what we expected. Roy said after the game that it simply wasn’t good enough and I know the players were bitterly disappointed about letting down our fantastic travelling support on the night.

One bright point this week was England reaching the U17 World Cup final in India for the first time. Nya Kirby has played an important role in the tournament, including scoring the winning penalty to help the side reach the quarter-finals. They face Spain today in the final, so we’ll be keeping one eye on that result and hopefully welcoming Nya back to south London as a World Cup winner.

Away from football, we sadly lost one of our own last week as comedian Sean Hughes passed away. Losing Sean is devastating for his family and friends, and he gave me wonderful support in recent years so I will miss him greatly.

I attended his funeral on Monday and it was a wonderful celebration of his life, as was Sean’s wish, and some of his closest Palace friends have paid tribute to him on page 12 of today's programme. As you will see he had a love affair with the club dating back to watching the team in Ireland and loving the kit. It’s hard to imagine never hearing that charming lilt to his voice or getting an email recommending a player in Ireland.

He will be greatly missed.

Finally, can I ask that we all get behind the team today and take the roof off Selhurst Park like you did against Chelsea. This is a London derby of huge importance; we are in a fight and you are so important to ensuring that we get back in touch and hopefully work our way out of the drop zone.

Up the Palace!

Copies can be bought from the sellers around the ground, or if you can't make it to Selhurst Park today then find out how you can still get your copy from the comfort of your own home.

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