Steve Parish has penned his usual pre-match notes ahead of today's game between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park and you can see what the chairman has had to say below.
Selhurst will give us the edge.
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the supporters, staff and players of Watford, and greetings to all Palace fans here today.
Last week we witnessed a proper cup tie. Credit must go to Grimsby Town for putting up such a fight especially with 10 men for so long, and also to their fans for packing out the Arthur Wait Stand. Watching the draw on Monday night was exciting as we were left in the pot with just Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to be picked out, and while Spurs at home is a tough draw it will be a fantastic occasion and a packed Selhurst will give us the edge we need!
Last week, Jonny Williams left the club having been with us since the age of eight. Jonny is a fantastic person and is popular with players, staff and fans alike, so he will be sorely missed around the place. I’m sure I speak for everyone in wishing him well at Charlton, and also on international duty with Wales.
We also took the tough decision to loan Jason Puncheon to Huddersfield Town for the rest of the season and the remainder of his contract. Personally I can’t thank him enough; he has been inspirational both on and off the pitch and truly cares, and he is someone I am sure we will see back at the club one day. It is not an overstatement to say that we would not be in our sixth successive season in the top-flight without him, but we will save the proper goodbye for another time to give him the send-off he truly deserves.
With Christian and Connor back in contention, everyone felt it important that Alexander got as many starts as possible, and to facilitate that he has gone out on loan to Gent. We will be in close contact with him throughout, and wish him all the best for his spell in Belgium.
I’d urge everyone here today to join us again at Selhurst this coming Friday night for the FA Youth Cup as we host Bolton Wanderers. These nights are special occasions for the club, and of course for the players involved. We had thousands turn up to support our youngsters last season and it made a huge impact on them as they continue their development.
Palace Ladies recently welcomed back GemmaBryan after her summer move to Charlton. Don’t forget Gemma scored more than 100 goals for us in less than 70 games, so having her back is fantastic for the club. She had an immediate impact by netting in the win over Millwall last weekend, and I hope that result can provide a much-needed boost to the squad as they look to climb away from a relegation battle.
Turning attention to today’s opponents, Watford have become a very impressive outfit and currently sit justifiably in eighth place. We always seem to have extremely hard-fought games against them and I have no doubt that today will be the same. As always, the atmosphere you create can make a huge difference, so
throw everything you can behind Roy's men.
Up The Palace!
Don't forget to pick up your matchday programme today if you want to read the chairman's notes alongside everything else packed into another fantastic edition.