How do you rate Crystal Palace’s season thus far?
I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough. I think the win against Hull has really helped but up until then I was worrying where the next win was coming from. What with Holloway’s departure, it’s felt like a stop start season so far. Hopefully that result will push us on rest of the season.
What was your view of Ian Holloway’s leaving so early in the season?
It was a difficult call to make. I was surprised that given Holloway got us promoted the club wouldn’t stand by him longer. I suppose it worked with Southampton last season but still that was after New Year. The sad thing is that Ian Holloway’s a character and personally I liked him at the club and I thought he was good for the Premier League.
What have you made of Tony Pulis’ arrival?
I did worry when Holloway was sacked as I couldn’t see any managers out there that I wanted at the club. Like most fans I think it’s quite an uninspiring managerial appointment but if Pulis keeps us in the Premiership then that’s all that matters. It doesn’t help that I didn’t particularly like his brand of football at Stoke but it got results
What have you made of your summer signings?
It was a good mix of signings in the summer, expensive highly-rated youngsters, free transfers, experienced Premier League players and unheard of foreign internationals. Barry Bannan is great signing for me and I think if Cameron Jerome can get back to his best then he still has something to offer. Jimmy Kebe has shown glimpses of what he can do. I wasn’t keen on Chamakh (as I’m sure that most West Ham fans were) and that hasn’t changed.
Ex Hammer Danny Gabbidon is a member of your squad. How’s old Gabbs getting on?
Gabbs is still here, just about. He’s been playing in the league this season which always worries me but he does add some much needed experience to the team. I’ve got a feeling that he might retire at the end of the season though.
Kevin Philips rolled back the years last season finishing your top scorer with 17 goals. How’s he getting on this season?
Unfortunately after such a good season he’s not getting the games at the moment so I wouldn’t be surprised if he moved on in January. I have a lot of time for KP but I have a feeling he might be better suited to the Championship now.
What’s been your opinion of West Ham this season?
I’m surprised you’re struggling quite as much as you are. Your midfield and defence are better than most it looks like you’re having difficulty getting the goals at the moment – you couldn’t buy them at the minute. I’ve got a feeling that you might continue to struggle even when you get your players back.
Who should West Ham fans be wary of in the Crystal Palace team when the club’s meet?
I think Barry Bannan is a great player and that showed with his goal against Hull. Cameron Jerome is coming into some form so he will be troublesome as well.
Which West Ham players would you have in your squad?
It’s good to see Ravel Morrison getting the headlines for good reasons this season. He looks a handful especially given his age. Diame scored some good goals last season as well.
What’s your prediction for this match and for both clubs next season?
I’ve got a feeling it’ll be a draw. I think both teams will struggle against relegation – Crystal Palace 17th, West Ham 18th.