PUBLISHED: 16:11 14 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:11 14 June 2019
David Strihavka celebrating his one and only goal for City Picture: Archant
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There’s rarely a dull moment when City cross swords with Crystal Palace – Chris Lakey takes a look at some rather interesting encounters with the Eagles
September 15, 2007
City 1 Palace 0
“We are very, very pleased with him and I am sure he has a bright future in the English game because he is powerful, he’s quick and technically he’s good, so he’s got a mixture. He is 24 and he knows he is capable of achieving, he knows he is capable of getting to the next level. We are very fortunate to have him.”
Peter Grant’s summary of David Strihavka may have had a touch of the knee-jerk reaction to it given the Czech import had just scored his first goal for City and in doing so collected all three points.
Strihavka’s goal settled a disappointing game and came with 15 minutes left when he headed home from close range after Dion Dublin had nodded back a corner from Simon Lappin. Strihavka had replaced Chris Brown a quarter of an hour earlier. It was his only City goal in three league starts and seven appearances off the bench which saw his contract after just six months.
August 8, 2015
City 1 Palace 3
As opening games of the season go, City have had better.
Defeats can often be forgotten, but this will stick in the minds because of two major decisions by referee Simon Hooper, which caused outrage among the home faithful.
Wilfried Zaha and Damien Delaney had given Palace a two-goal cushion with goals either side of the interval, before Nathan Redmond pulled on back for the Canaries on 69 minutes, firing a low shot past Alex McCarthy from 30 yards.
Four minutes later, Cameron Jerome thought he had equalised with an overhead effort, but the official blew his whistle and ruled the goal our for dangerous play, although the nearest opponent, Joel Ward was stooping.
Alex Neil wasn’t impressed and even Palace boss Alan Pardew conceded that he would have felt aggrieved had Palace been on the receiving end.
Yohan Cabaye wrapped it up in the 90th minute, but Hooper was also guilty of waving away appeals for a penalty after Sebastien Bassong appeared to be fouled.
No wonder he walked off with shouts of “you don’t know what you’re doing” ringing in his ears.
April 16, 2005
Palace 3 City 3
It’s fair to say Palace striker Andrew Johnson was never one to turn down the chance of a penalty.
Johnson had spent the afternoon trying to lure City defender Jason Shackell into a mistake and by the time the match moved into its final 10 minutes, he found success – and City’s survival hopes suffered a major wobble.
Both teams were struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League, and Palace got the perfect start when Joonas Kolkka put them ahead after just five minutes.
But City’s attacking threat of Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie turned the game around – Ashton struck twice, on 22 and 46 minutes, before McKenzie made it 3-1 after 53.
City were on control and on course for an excellent away win – a week after beating Manchester United.
Things were good. But then Johnson had his say – and it was to have long-standing consequences.
First he broke down the right and produced a cross that Michael Hughes steered past keeper Robert Green.
Then in the 83rd minute, he tangled with Shackell as he chased his own nod-down from a long ball into the area.
A good tumble and nasty landing was enough to persuade referee Rob Styles to point to the spot.
Johnson stepped up to score his 19th of the season – and his 10th penalty.
City won three of their next four games, but a 6-0 capitulation at Fulham on the final day sealed their fate.
August 29, 1992
Palace 1 City 2
The inaugural Premier League season was one to remember for the Canaries – this win kicked off a run of five consecutive away wins.
David Phillips and Bryan Gunn were arguably the main men for City. Phillips’ mishit shot teed up Lee Power for the opener on 16 minutes, before a defensive mix-up four minutes later allowed Eddie McGoldrick to level it for Palace.
Gunn had a stormer, pulling off a string of fantastic saves the best of which was when he brilliantly kept Mark Bright off the scoresheet.
Phillips wrapped it up on 74 minutes, with a magnificent right-footed scissor-kick volley.
The former England boss has been at Selhurst Park since September, 2017. It is club appointment number 16 for the Croydon-born 71-year-old, with previous stop-offs including Blackburn, Liverpool, Fulham and West Brom and a host of European clubs, most notably Inter Milan. He also had spells as manager of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Finland and, of course, England which ended after an humiliating Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland.
His Palace reign after the Eagles began the season with four straight defeats – and no goals scored. Another three losses followed, but Hodgson turned things around and Palace finished the season 11th – no team had previously survived the drop after losing their first seven games.
Hodgson is the oldest man to manage a Premier League side.
Palace finished 12th last season, 15 points clear of the relegation zone and just five points behind Everton in fifth.
It was Palace’s sixth consecutive season in the top flight, which extended their previous best. Not bad considering their woeful start, when they lost three of their first four games. It took Hodgson until around the halfway point to sort things out – Vicente Guaita was preferred in goal to Wayne Hennessey, and Palace began to grow in stature and, frankly, were a dangerous opponent for anyone.
Palace’s defence creaked at times, but Hodgson saw a few young stars emerge, perhaps none more so than defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was club player of the season and fans’ player of the season.
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Hodgson’s biggest problem may be in keeping hold of his best players – a perennial issue. Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha will be among those sought by other clubs. Palace will start the season on the back of a 5-3 win over Bournemouth in their final game of last season – but will need to avoid the poor starts of the last two campaigns.
They have a noisy home backing – they’ll expect a top-half finish from their Eagles.
CITY V PALACE
City wins Draws Palace wins
League 43 18 45
FA Cup 1 1 2
Total 44 19 47
Last 10 league games
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Palace 1 Norwich 0
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Norwich 1 Palace 3
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Palace 1 Norwich 1
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Norwich 1 Palace 0
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Palace 0 Norwich 0
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Norwich 1 Palace 2
Friday, December 26, 2008
Palace 3 Norwich 1
Tuesday, November 2, 2008
Norwich 1 Palace 2 2007/2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Palace 1 Norwich 1
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Norwich 1 Palace 0
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