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Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:33

Ian Holloway struggling at Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace suffered yet another defeat in the English Premier League, this time it was a 4-1 loss at home against Fulham.

Ian Holloway’s Palace is now second from bottom in the table with three points from eight games, and there seems to be no end in sight with regards to the nightmare run of losses. Ian Holloway has admitted that ‘something’s not right’ and has stated that he will ‘have to work with until January’. The fear for Palace fans is that January is too long a wait to address the team performances, hence the reason sports betting operators have the Eagles manager 6-1 on to be out of a job!

Monday night’s game started off fine with Palace taking the lead with a header from Adrian Mariappa, but the Eagles could not capitalise on the early lead. In less than fifteen minutes Kasami hit an impressive volley to get the visitors level and just at the end of the first half Sidwell put Fulham in front. Ian Holloway’s half time team talk did nothing to up his team’s performance as they went 3-1 down with a goal from Dimitar Berbatov, five minutes into the second half. Philippe Senderos added another in the 55th minute to make the misery complete for the home team.

The future does seem very dim for Ian Holloway, who took over the club in November 2012 and took them to the dizzy heights of the Premier League after winning the play-off final against Watford. But as Ian has admitted, the English Premier League is ‘ruthless’ and it does seem his time at the club is nearing an end. There have already been some lengthy meetings with the chairman Steve Parish and some more to come this week. The supporters have already made their feelings completely clear with chants of ‘Out, out, out’ during the game; and they would have a valid point as Holloway added sixteen new players during the summer, with virtually no success to date.

Crystal Palace next game is at home to Arsenal, and whoever is in charge of the Eagles will find it a challenge keeping The Gunners in check. Paddypower have Palace 8/1 to win the game, but the smart bet could be on the Correct Score - I am going for a 3-0 win for The Gunners!