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Chelsea loanee striker Patrick Bamford was booed by the Eagles’ supporters during Crystal Palace – Norwich game on Saturday.

The 22-year-old striker has joined Norwich City on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season; he spent the first half of the season on loan at Crystal Palace but it ended in controversy.

Norwich manager Alex Neil said: “It was tailor-made for him, It is quite common players who have had a bad time somewhere go back and do well.”

But within two minutes Puncheon scored the opener and put Eagles in front at Selhurst.

“I put Patrick on before the goal because they were putting Zaha on at that time and that was the signal they were going to go for it a little bit more,” said Neil. “With Patrick going on the idea was that might help stretch the game and give us something at the top end.”

“I thought the game was set-up for him against an ex-team if you like where he didn’t have a good time.”

“I brought him on at Swansea and Villa and he looked dangerous in both of those so I hoped it was written in the stars but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Most players thrive on that negativity if they get booed, it is the pantomime villain mentality if you like and it normally brings the best out of you. The one thing I would say is he is a very young lad and that will be a good learning curve for him.”

 

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Transfer market's doubts for Blues: can Scott Dann really be the good man to shore up the defence?

If John Stones will really be the first summer signing at the Etihad for Pep Guardiola,  Chelsea should have to look somewhere else for their defensive reinforcements after their tried and failed sign for the english defender last summer.

Chelsea have then identified Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann as an ideal summer transfer target, according to the Daily Mail, but Palace value the defender at £20m too much even for the huge Blues strongbox

The 29-year-old has recently signed a new five-year deal at Selhurst Park, which will not ease Chelsea’s hopes of getting the Eagles at a bargain.

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Yannick Bolasie who is a Crystal Palace striker spoke ahead of the crucial game on Sunday and said the Eagles will be looking for an upset

He admitted he wouldn’t want to see Jose Mourinho’s side to celebrate in front of his fans but insisted his team knows how to deal with big teams. He said:

“Obviously the last two games haven’t gone our way, but we know as a bunch of lads we should be doing better.

“It’s about finding that balance. We were unlucky against West Brom, then against Hull we started well but allowed them back into it.

“Of course you don’t want to see Chelsea celebrate. Credit to Chelsea, they are a good team and have done extraordinary this season, so them winning the league would be deserved.

“You don’t want them to win against us, though. It will probably be a crazy scene there if they win it but at the same time it’s some sort of inspiration for us at Palace.

Yannick Bolasie has a lot of friends who support the Blues but he is an Eagles and added:

“I have a lot of friends who support Chelsea but I’ll be looking for an upset”

 

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