P

Palace overcome strikes and cut-backs

The gripping story of Crystal Palace’s refusal to allow their crippling financial position to undermine their performances produced another stirring episode.

Not many can have anticipated their 1-0 win at Norwich, given the anger of their players at the delay in getting their wages and being asked singapore to take a pay-cut. This development, which has promoted the threat of a players’ strike for tomorrow’s match against Sunderland, was followed by other Authentic Prada Handbags For Cheap Palace headaches.

Their manager, Steve Coppell, Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada left out his two Yugoslavian players, Gordan Petric and Sasa Curcic, because of the Nato air strikes, and selected a squad which included four 19-year-olds in their starting line-up and another two on the bench. Moreover, Palace, forced to travel to Norwich by coach yesterday morning to save costs, almost missed the deadline – 45 minutes before the kick-off – for handing in the their team-sheet to the referee.

Despite all this, however, Authentic Prada Shoes Sale Dean Austin gave them a 13th-minute lead with a header, and Palace showed remarkable resilience in resisting Norwich’s attempts to equalise.

Coppell, pointing out that three of his teenagers, Matthew Frampton, Andrew Martin and James Hibburt, were making their first-team debuts, said: ‘It was probably a good thing that we were late in arriving at the ground because had we got there early, the young pups might have worried about Apertura Outlet Prada Montevarchi it. It was an absolutely magnificent performance. Our players have all the excuses in the world and they still went out and did their stuff.’

As for that threat of strike action, he said: ‘The players have a meeting at the training ground tomorrow morning. We had meetings until late last night and we are all confident that we can have further talks on Tuesday.’

• Ipswich and Bradford both maintained their bid for the second automatic promotion spot, but Ipswich did it in Are Prada Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Book Bags Nylon Bags Worth The Money particularly impressive fashion. They won 6-0 at Swindon, their biggest away win since they walloped Notts County by the same score in September 1982.

The key moment came in the sixth minute, when Swindon’s Craig Taylor was sent off for keeping out a Matt Holland shot with his hand, and Mark Venus put Ipswich ahead from the resultant penalty. Swindon’s manager, Jimmy Quinn, said: ‘It’s hard enough when you are playing one of the best sides in the division with 11 men but to go down to 10 men so early was a major blow. The lad knows that if you handle the ball deliberately in the penalty area then you are going to be sent off and I don’t know why he did it.’

• Stewards were called to sort out a scuffle in the tunnel after Bristol City’s 2-0 win over Port Vale.

Both teams had returned to the pitch for a warm-down and were going back to the dressing-room when City’s Ade Akinbiyi and Vale’s Dave Barnett exchanged angry words. There was a short scuffle not seen by the match Amazon Uk Prada Shoes officials and later played down by both clubs. Authentic Prada Wallet For Sale Philippines

Vale boss Brian Horton acted quickly to help clear the About Prada Products tunnel area before leaving without comment, while City’s chairman, Scott Davidson, only heard about the incident later. ‘I have been told there was a scuffle, but it hasn’t been reported and I wouldn’t expect it to be,’ he said. ‘As far as we’re concerned it is over and done with and I understand the players concerned shook hands.’ Authentic Prada Purses Sale

Horton was already incensed by referee Steve Bennett’s failure to award his side a 23rd-minute penalty when Carl Griffiths appeared to be tripped by City goalkeeper Bo Andersen. ‘It was the clearest spot-kick you could ever see,’ fumed Horton.

• There was a dramatic twist in the battle to get into the league as the Conference leaders, Rushden and Diamonds, conceded two goals in the last two minutes to lose 2-1 at home to Cheltenham, and slipped to third place. Kettering took over from them in pole position by winning 2-1 at Leek Town.