Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

A Palace Fan talks to Vital Blackburn

A Palace Fan talks to Vital Blackburn

Prior to tomorrow's clash with Crystal Palace I managed to catch a word with writer and keen Eagles fan James Daly who writes the fanzine 'Five Year Plan' to answer us a few questions on all things Palace and Rovers.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the humour.

So Palace seem to have come out of the blocks very well, which has surprised a few. As a Palace fan - are you surprised?

Well we have and we haven't. The first four games of the season were dire, and included a 4-1 defeat at Preston in the League Cup, the same competition we reached the semi-final of last season and knocked Manchester United out of at Old Trafford. So, yeah, not great.

Ironically there were calls for Freedman's head after three league defeats from three which also followed a rubbish four months at the end of last season.

But something changed at the end of August. We signed four players on deadline day and the whole mood around the place lifted. We beat previously unbeaten in 19-games Sheffield Wednesday at Selhurst and haven't looked back.

So to answer the question; yes I am a bit surprised but then with Palace nothing really comes as a surprise anymore.

What's been the key to this early surge up the League Table?

Two things: the wonderful team spirit, togetherness and passion spreading throughout the squad…and Wilf Zaha.

We have a real depth to the team and quality on the bench, plus the belief has just been injected from nowhere. Now players like Kagisho Dikgacoi, who last season were awful, are now like new players.

We were all in it together, which has made Freedman's decision to quit even harder to take, but we wont dwell on that.

Zaha, of course, has been immense. Best player I've seen at Palace. Probably. Maybe.

Who have been the Eagles' best players so far this term?

Zaha. Just unbelievable ability on the ball, which he's added strength, workrate and finishing to this season to almost become the complete player at just 19. He has terrorised established defenders (see his mugging of Paul Konchesky at Leicester last week) and it's a real joy to watch.

Shame we won't get to see it for much longer.

Elsewhere, Damien Delaney has been a revelation at centre-back, Mile Jedinak continues to dominate the centre of midfield and Glenn Murray is finally getting goals up front.

Over the season as a whole, what are your expectations?

A top half finish would definitely be seen as progress, a top 10 place would be lovely and play-offs would just be the icing on the cake.

What have you made of the situation at Rovers?

Not dissimilar to Palace when we had Simon Jordan as chairman bullish owners, high turnover of players and managers and confused fans.

I feel for Rovers fans, and any club where there doesn't seem to be a strong link between the owners and fans. We are lucky at Palace to have four local lads running the club who create open dialogue with us supporters constantly and seem to care as much as we do.

I've always had a soft spot for Rovers since Matt Jansen (my favourite ever Palace player without a doubt) left in 1999 so I hope things get better at Ewood Park.

Make a team of Rovers/Palace players, using a maximum of 7 from one side.

Speroni
Orr Delaney Dann Parr
Zaha Murphy Jedinak Pedersen
Rhodes Murray

Finally can we grab a prediction?

Lots of goals for potentially two new managers to witness; I'm going for Palace 2 Rovers 2.

Thanks to James for taking the time to talk to us, you can pick up a copy of his fanzine at the game tomorrow.

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Friday November 2 2012
Time: 9:28AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Good interview and very level headed responses! My question, looking at the pic at the top of the page - why does their mascot have a dildo in it's mouth??
StLedge
02/11/2012 09:51:00
0
Yes very good interview. Also nice to here sympathy with our situation. Rather than the constant Chicken jokes.
fleetwood rover
02/11/2012 10:14:00
0
Nice of James to talk to us - very popular fanzine they run over there and promises to be a good read!
Mikey Delap
02/11/2012 10:37:00
0
Nice read, although I would choose his starting 11 thats for sure!
The_Irish_Rover
02/11/2012 11:20:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Five Blackburn Fixture Changes Confirmed

The league matches against Huddersfield, Leeds, Burton, Preston & Nottingham Forest have had changes to the kick-off times and in some cases the day too.

Manchester City Midfielder In On Season-Long Loan

Byrne, who training with the Republic of Ireland ahead of Euro 2016 but didn't make the final 23-man squad, has come to Blackburn on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

Blackburn Assistant Irvine Departs

Irvine returned to Blackburn last November for a second spell as a coach under Lambert and was set to stay at Ewood Park with Coyle but the former Rovers player has departed.

Former Manchester United Man Trains With Blackburn

Brown, who had a good career with Manchester United and England, was released by Sunderland at the end of his contract having been limited with his appearances last season.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile
Mikey Delap
no email
Profile
Sasman!
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Reading MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Steele14%
Marshall5%
Duffy2%
Hanley1%
Kilgallon4%
Lenihan6%
Lowe1%
Jordi Gomez1%
Bennett1%
Graham59%
Grimes1%
Sub - Evans1%
Sub - Jackson2%
Sub - Conway2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)