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Mar 19

Sam Allardyce looks to Crystal Palace chairman to keep Wilfried Zaha

• Winger has not agreed new contract, with Tottenham believed interested
• Manager describes his Ivory Coast winger as ‘genius’

Sam Allardyce is hopeful the Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish, can persuade Wilfried Zaha to stay at Selhurst Park next season after his “genius” winger inspired a third successive victory for the former England manager.

An own goal from the Watford captain, Troy Deeney, put the seal on another resilient defensive display led by the resurgent Mamadou Sakho as Palace eased their relegation worries before a treacherous run-in that includes matches against all of the top six. But, while they won without mustering a single shot on target in a game that was desperately low on quality, Zaha was by far the most potent attacking force on show.

Related: Troy Deeney’s own goal against Watford gives Crystal Palace rare home win

Related: Sam Allardyce leaves ‘dream’ England manager job after one game in charge

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/19/sam-allardyce-crystal-palace-chairman-keep-wilfried-zaha

Mar 18

Troy Deeney’s own goal against Watford gives Crystal Palace rare home win

A penny for Gareth Southgate’s thoughts. In the week that the England manager picked his first squad since being confirmed as Sam Allardyce’s permanent replacement, Wilfried Zaha turned in yet another virtuoso performance as Southgate’s former club put distance between themselves and the bottom three with a third straight victory.

Related: Bournemouth v Swansea City: Premier League – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/18/crystal-palace-watford-premier-league-match-report

Mar 17

Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

Crystal Palace earn their third successive victory thanks to an own goal by Watford’s Troy Deeney at Selhurst Park.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39240281

Mar 17

Crystal Palace v Watford: match preview

It is five years to the day since Crystal Palace last beat Watford at Selhurst Park and, given the precarious nature of their position and the fact they face the top six in their remaining fixtures, Sam Allardyce’s side must surely emulate the class of 2012 if they are to survive this time round. Successive wins and clean sheets have given them heart but Patrick van Aanholt’s absence is a blow. Watford have won once away from home since mid-October but are within touching distance of safety and can tap into their hosts’ anxieties. Dominic Fifield

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/17/crystal-palace-watford-match-preview

Mar 16

The making of Gareth Southgate: from Crystal Palace captain to England boss

Gareth Southgate has not won much as a manager but he captained every club he represented and his former colleagues believe he has enough grit to lead England

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

Gareth Southgate’s path to becoming England manager has not followed the conventional route. Previous incumbents racked up many successful years in club and international management before being considered for the role. Roy Hodgson, for example, managed well over a dozen clubs and countries before being appointed national manager in 2012. Southgate’s only job as a club manager was with Middlesbrough between 2006 and 2009 and he had to ask for special dispensation from the Premier League to take on the role as he did not hold the required coaching qualifications. After Middlesbrough were relegated in 2009, Southgate was dismissed early into the new season and did not re-emerge until 2013, when he was appointed England Under-21 coach.

Last June, after the apocalyptic loss to Iceland ended Hodgson’s spell in charge, Southgate said he did not want the job. When he was approached about succeeding Sam Allardyce back in September, he accepted the interim role for four matches as he was still not convinced about taking on the job long-term. This reluctance may have counted against him had there been any other serious contenders but, as he was the only candidate interviewed, the FA were left with little choice but to give the 46-year-old a contract.

Related: The five outsiders who deserve to be called up to the England squad

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/the-agony-and-the-ecstasy/2017/mar/16/gareth-southgate-crystal-palace-captain-england-manager

Mar 06

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Hull’s Harry Maguire is dreaming of England, Spurs are better placed than ever to best Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal and Aitor Karanka continues to divide opinion

In a cartoon history of Arsenal’s ongoing run of springtime top-four escapology acts – the battle, above all, to stay ahead of Spurs – Arsène Wenger would probably be depicted right now wriggling furiously inside a sealed lead trunk, still rattling his padlocks but descending towards the seabed. Tottenham are six points ahead of Arsenal with 11 games to play, to Arsenal’s 12. Tighter spots have been negotiated. But as Spurs beat Everton to take their half of the weekend’s London-Merseyside derby exchange it was hard to avoid the feeling that 22 years down the line the quest to finish ahead of Wenger-era Arsenal has its best chance yet of success. Tottenham have a better goalkeeper, better defence, better midfield, better gameplan, a greater sense of cohesion generally. All that is missing is that final wrench of the neck muscles. Arsenal go to White Hart Lane in April. Barring a genuine reverse of the prevailing tide, it could be a fairly traumatic experience. Barney Ronay

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/06/premier-league-talking-points-weekends-action

Mar 05

Crystal Palace and Sam Allardyce see best of Liverpool reject Mamadou Sakho

• Defender impressed in Palace’s 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion
• Allardyce says he has been ‘exceptionally good’ in early games for Palace

“I mean, he’s a flamboyant character. You can see it from his hair alone.” Sam Allardyce was back in wisecracking mode after his side’s impressive away win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. The subject of his affectionate mockery was the strapping 6ft defender with a lemon squiggle on his head, Mamadou Sakho.

The centre-half joined Palace in January with minimal fanfare. On loan from Liverpool until the end of the season, Sakho had in Allardyce’s words been “frozen out” of Anfield. His Uefa charge for consuming a banned fat-burning substance was ultimately dropped but, when Sakho turned up late for a club meeting during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of America and then a recovery session, it seemed to be the last straw for Jürgen Klopp. The defender was forced to train with the under-23s and did not feature for the senior side all season.

Related: Crystal Palace defeat West Brom as Sam Allardyce’s side get physical

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/05/mamadou-sakho-crystal-palace-liverpool-west-bromwich-allardyce

Mar 04

Crystal Palace defeat West Brom as Sam Allardyce’s side get physical

Sam Allardyce turned the tables on Tony Pulis with a display of physical, clinical football that gave Crystal Palace another vital three points in their fight against relegation.Two second-half goals, the first an instant control and finish by Wilfried…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/04/west-bromwich-albion-crystal-palace-premier-league-match-report

Mar 03

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace: match preview

Crystal Palace, who Tony Pulis is still in dispute with, will have the manager’s undivided attention and he will make sure West Brom are ready to extend Sam Allardyce’s stay in the relegation zone. However, the former England manager who, like Pulis, has never been relegated from the Premier League, is sure to be equally focused. Preparation may not be enough, though, as West Brom are enjoying their best-ever spell in the Premier League and will not want the party to end here. Graham Searles

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/03/west-bromwich-albion-crystal-palace-match-preview

Mar 03

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace

Brilliant strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend earn Crystal Palace victory at West Brom as they move out of the Premier League bottom three.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39086671

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