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Dave
01-12-2000, 07:28 PM
Grimsby Town v Crystal Palace
Total Football Network
Friday, December 1, 2000

Striker Bradley Allen could return to the Grimsby side for the home clash with Crystal Palace.
Allen has been out for four weeks with an Achilles problem, but manager Lennie Lawrence is hopeful he will be involved against the Eagles.

Steve Livingstone is struggling with a back injury he sustained in the game against Fulham and may not be fit to play.

Midfielder Paul Groves will definitely sit out the clash as he serves a one-match ban, while Chinese international Zhang En Hua, signed earlier this week, has not yet received a work permit, which Lawrence thinks may still be "a couple of weeks away.''

Lawrence said: "It's been a miserable month for the club but we have had four away fixtures in a row. I've never known a run like that.

"It's good to be back at home but Palace are full of confidence at the moment.''

A squad of 22 Crystal Palace players will be making the long journey up the M1 for the clash.

The Palace squad are carrying a number of knocks and bruises and the starting line up will be announced shortly before kick-off.

First team coach Glenn Cockerill said Clinton Morrison and Craig Harrison would definitely not be in the team after picking up knee injuries during the midweek Worthington Cup victory over Tranmere.

The Eagles will travel with a 22-strong squad which includes doubtful trio Simon Rodger, Jamie Pollock and Dougie Freedman.

Cockerill said: "We picked up a number of knocks and bruises on Tuesday and even Rodger, Pollock and Freedman are carrying slight injuries.

"We have delayed naming the squad until nearer kick-off in a bid that the extra day may help with the healing process.''

Grimsby v Crystal Palace DIVISION 1 Saturday December 2 2000
Supergoals
Friday, December 1, 2000

Striker Bradley Allen could return to the Grimsby side for the home clash with Crystal Palace.

Allen has been out for four weeks with an Achilles problem, but manager Lennie Lawrence is hopeful he will be involved against the Eagles.

Steve Livingstone is struggling with a back injury he sustained in the game against Fulham and may not be fit to play.

Midfielder Paul Groves will definitely sit out the clash as he serves a one-match ban, while Chinese international Zhang En Hua, signed earlier this week, has not yet received a work permit, which Lawrence thinks may still be "a couple of weeks away."

Lawrence said: "It''s been a miserable month for the club but we have had four away fixtures in a row. I''ve never known a run like that.

"It''s good to be back at home but Palace are full of confidence at the moment."

A squad of 22 Crystal Palace players will be making the long journey up the M1 for the clash.

The Palace squad are carrying a number of knocks and bruises and the starting line up will be announced shortly before kick-off.

First team coach Glenn Cockerill said Clinton Morrison and Craig Harrison would definitely not be in the team after picking up knee injuries during the midweek Worthington Cup victory over Tranmere.

The Eagles will travel with a 22-strong squad which includes doubtful trio Simon Rodger, Jamie Pollock and Dougie Freedman.

Cockerill said: "We picked up a number of knocks and bruises on Tuesday and even Rodger, Pollock and Freedman are carrying slight injuries.

"We have delayed naming the squad until nearer kick-off in a bid that the extra day may help with the healing process."



Grimsby v Crystal Palace preview
BBC Sport
Friday, December 1, 2000

Striker Bradley Allen could return to the Grimsby side for the home clash with Crystal Palace.
Allen has been out for four weeks with an Achilles problem, but manager Lennie Lawrence is hopeful he will be involved against the Eagles.

Steve Livingstone is struggling with a back injury he sustained in the game against Fulham and may not be fit to play.

Midfielder Paul Groves will definitely sit out the clash as he serves a one-match ban, while Chinese international Zhang En Hua, signed earlier this week, has not yet received a work permit.

Lawrence said: "It's been a miserable month for the club but we have had four away fixtures in a row. I've never known a run like that.

"It's good to be back at home but Palace are full of confidence at the moment."

Numerous knocks

A squad of 22 Crystal Palace players will be making the long journey up the M1 for their Division One clash against Grimsby.

The Palace squad are carrying a number of knocks and bruises and the starting line up will be announced shortly before kick-off on Saturday.

First team coach Glenn Cockerill said Clinton Morrison and Craig Harrison would definitely not be in the team after picking up knee injuries during the midweek Worthington Cup victory over Tranmere.

Simon Rodger, Jamie Pollock and Dougie Freedman are also in the squad.

Cockerill said: "We picked up a number of knocks and bruises on Tuesday. We have delayed naming the squad until nearer kick-off in a bid that the extra day may help with the healing process."


Grimsby v Crystal Palace (3pm Saturday, Blundell Park).
This is London
Friday, December 1, 2000

Away ticket info: Adults 14 (concs 8) available tomorrow
Last season: 1 (Smith D) 0
Fact: Palace are unbeaten in their past six games
Recommended pub: The Leaking Boot (Grimsby Road)
Crystal Palace manager Alan Smith, looking to strengthen his squad, believes that trying to sign a player wanted by other clubs, is akin to chatting up your dreamboat down at the disco. "You have to be crafty," he says, "and get on the dance floor first, before the competition." To be fair, I did try that technique a few times at the Ilford Palais but looked a right prat when I tripped up over the stacked handbags. Smith will be feeling chipper, though, after his side squeezed through their Worthington Cup tie against Tranmere on penalties. Dougie Freedman, cup tied against Tranmere, comes back in but Simon Rodger (hamstring) is doubtful.
VERDICT: PALACE DANCE TO VICTORY

LAWRENCE HEADACHE FOR 'MUST WIN' CLASH
Sky Sports
Friday, December 1, 2000

Grimsby v Crystal Palace
Nationwide Division One, Saturday, KO 3.00pm
League table | StatPack | Head to Head

Team news

Grimsby
Mariners boss Lennie Lawrence has a defensive headache for what he describes as a 'must-win' game against Palace.

Paul Groves serves a suspension, while Steve Livingstone and Peter Handyside both miss out through injury. New signing Zhang Enhua has yet to receive international clearance.

Better news for Lawrence is that Danny Butterfield, Alan Pouton and Bradley Allen should all return to the squad.

Crystal Palace
Dougie Freedman should be back in the Eagles squad after recovering from the calf injury which has forced him to miss the last two games.

Alan Smith does not have any other injuries or suspensions to deal with.


Betting: Grimsby 11/8, Crystal Palace 13/8, Draw 9/4

StatPack - By Dave Todd

GRIMSBY TOWN
(21st/Blundell Park/Lennie Lawrence (Aug 2000)/The Mariners)

Lost their last 4 league games in a row
Won only 5 of their last 29 league games
Lost 5 of their last 9 home league games
Won only 4 of their last 13 home league games
However, won their last 4 home games in a row in all comps
Won only 1 of their last 18 league games away from home - at Crystal Palace, 24th October
Lost 7 of their last 8 away games in all comps
Failed to score in 8 of their last 15 league games
Also failed to score in 6 of their last 11 away games - only 6 goals in those 11 games, only Sheffield United (4) have scored fewer away from home in the league
Last Six: WWLLLL

Top Scorer: Allen - 6 (3 lge, 3 LC)
Also: Livingstone - 5 lge, Neilsen - 3 lge

CRYSTAL PALACE
(18th/Selhurst Park/Alan Smith (Aug 2000)/The Eagles)

Unbeaten in 7 games in all comps
Won only 3 of their last 12 league games
However, won 4 of their last 6 games in all comps
However, these are their only wins in the last 16 games in all comps
Lost 6 of their last 11 league games
Lost 10 of their 19 league games so far this season
Won only 3 of their last 13 league games away from home
Only 2 wins in their last 10 away games in all comps
Lost 3 of their last 5 away from home in the league
Won only 4 of their last 20 home league games
Lost 5 of their 10 home league games so far this season
Missed their last 4 penalties in a row - Zhiyi v Burnley, Gray v Forest, C.Morrison v Barnsley and Mullins v Huddersfield, however managed to 6 out of 8 in the LC penalty shootout with Tranmere on Tuesday
Dougie Freedman has 4 goals in his last 4 league apps for Palace
Clinton Morrison has scored 6 goals in his last 7 games
Last Six: WWWWDD

Top Scorer: C.Morrison - 9 (7 lge, 2 LC)
Also: Black/Freedman - 4 (3 lge, 1 LC/4 lge), Pollock/Ruddock - 3 (3 lge/2 lge, 1 LC)

Head to Head

Grimsby have won the last 3 league meetings here
Palace have won only 2 of the last 7 league meetings here, the last in March '96 - 3 league meetings since
There has not been a draw between the two sides at Blundell Park since March '62 - 14 meetings here since This Season: Crystal Palace 0 Grimsby 1 (Allen) - 24th October 2000
Last Season: Grimsby 1 (Smith pen) Crystal Palace 0 - 26th February 2000

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Men At Work
01-12-2000, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by Dave:
First team coach Glenn Cockerill said Clinton Morrison and Craig Harrison would definitely not be in the team after picking up knee injuries during the midweek Worthington Cup victory over Tranmere.

That means Forssell will start. I just hope I'm not sitting within earshot of Brett http://www.cpfc.org/ubb/smile.gif Wonder who will drop into left back.

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David Murray
01-12-2000, 11:06 PM
From the Grimsby site:
HANDY BOOST AT BP

The news from the Mariners camp on Friday morning will have given Lennie Lawrence a boost as he prepares his side for the visit of Crystal Palace. Peter Handyside has a good chance of being fit for the clash when it previously looked as though he could be sidelined for 2-3 weeks with a stress fracture.

X rays, however, have shown no such injury and after intensive treatment this week, the Scot could be available to start against the Eagles. Steve Livingstone has also responded well to treatment but is still doubtful and a decision on his fitness will be taken on Saturday. Also in line for a place is striker Bradley Allen, who has been out with an ankle problem since the defeat at Watford on 4th October, and with Livingstone earmarked for a place in defence, Allen could be the man to partner David Nielsen up front.

The Mariners will, of course, be without their inspirational skipper Paul Groves who serves a one match ban for his sending off at Sheffield United recently. Also on the down side, Danny Butterfield is unavailable having twisted his ankle in training on Thursday, but Lennie does welcome back Alan Pouton which increases his options in the midfield area. New signing Zhang Enhua will be at Blundell Park for the match, but the Chinese international, with 90 caps to his name, has not yet been able to secure a work permit and will not be available for another ten days or so. He is expected to make his debut in the home match with Norwich City on December 16th. Interview with Bradley Allen

MACCA PRESENTATION

Grimsby Town defender John McDermott plays his first home game this Saturday since breaking the Club League Appearance Record. McDermott made his 451st league appearance in the defeat at Wolves to break Keith Jobling's record which had stood for over 30 years. This weekend's match against Crystal Palace will be McDermott's 453rd match in the Football League for the Mariners and Keith Jobling will be at the match to make a presentation, on behalf of the club, to the new record holder proir to kick off.

IT'S A MUST WIN SAYS BOSS

Mariners manager Lennie Lawrence has said that Saturday's encounter with Crystal Palace is a crucial game for his side and one they must win. With injuries and suspensions depriving the Town boss of important players, he knows that his team must pick up where they left off at Blundell Park after a run of four successive away defeats

Lennie said " This match is along the same lines as the Gillingham and Huddersfield games earlier in the season and it's a must win for us. Since we beat Palace at their place six weeks ago, the two club's fortunes have contrasted greatly. We had a great October with four wins out of five but November has yielded no points at all.

Palace have been on a good run." He continued " I am happy that with a full squad, we are capable of at least a mid-table position, but in the meantime, we have to start getting points on the board with the players we have available. Our big problem for the weekend is in central defence with Paul Groves suspended and Peter Handyside injured. Livvo is doubtful and Zhang Enhua is unlikely to be available to play." Elsewhere the picture looks a bit brighter with one or two players returning from injuries. "Danny Butterfield, Alan Pouton and Bradley Allen will hopefully be back in the ranks after periods out." he confirmed.

The manager also issued a call to the fans " Some of our supporters may have forgotten what it is like to attend a match at Blundell Park because it has been five weeks since the West Brom match, but I want them to get right behind the team from the very first whistle." Lennie feels Palace are a good side and he watched them beat Tranmere in the Worthington Cup in midweek. "Their investment in players in the summer after the takeover seems to be bearing fruit and once they get players back from injury, they will have a good squad for this division.