Palace Women v Durham

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Crystal Palace √ durham women sunday, february 12 2023 | 12:00

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Good afternoon all and welcome back to Bromley Football Club for today’s Championship game against Durham. I’d like to welcome Lee and his players and staff and hope the have a safe journey home.

This will be the third time this season we have met and again we’re expecting a tough but exciting game . At present the games stand on one win each and if we are expected to get anything out of today we have to improve on the score line of two weeks ago in the FA cup.

After Sunday’s loss to Southampton I did see massive improvements of late, some of our football was really positive and good to watch , this assures me that the confidence within the group is growing again after a rough period and that a result is not far away. Its always difficult when you want to play a certain way and your not getting the results you strive for but sticking with the process and the philosophy will no doubt help us find that next win. I know its also difficult for the fans who have followed

us home and away but we feel we are building something and need as always the support to achieve this. To date the fans have been incredibly patient and supportive and its now time to start delivering some positive results and performances.

Enjoy the game!

Dean .
Its always difficult when you want to play a certain way and your not getting the results you strive for but sticking with the process and the philosophy will no doubt help us find that next win
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I began my football career at Oxford United, coming through the Centre of Excellence from the age of eight and making my senior debut at just 16-years-old. I played there for three years before heading to Sussex University, where I played for Lewes until I joined Palace.

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I was also a keen cricketer when I was younger. If you speak to my Dad – he loves football, but he loves cricket even more – he would rather I chose cricket over football! He wanted me to play for England. I played up to regional level, and went to a couple of camps, kind of like the England reserves.

I bowled seam and batted left-handed. I remember scoring a century against the Netherlands – 136 in fact, my highest score –playing for Oxfordshire. I don’t know what would have happened if I had kept playing, but I chose football.

My Dad was a Reading fan when I grew up, and so I spent a lot of time at the Madjeski with my family. When I was older, I had the chance to play there. I was at Lewes, and we played Reading in the Conti Cup. We went one goal down, and I scored the second as we came back to 2-1.

Age 23 Joined Summer 2022 Position Midfielder Apps 8 Goals 0 Career highlights
Crystal Palace Women broke club records in 2021/22, and are looking to do the same this season. In each edition, we hear directly from one of the squad, with Ellie Noble reflecting on a journey to Palace and a tough new challenge ahead…
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Scoring at the Madejski against Reading in front of her father – a lifelong Reading fan. A box-to-box midfielder, Noble has an eye for the spectacular and likes to try her luck from range.
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In the second-half, Fara Williams – who was England’s most capped player – scored a hattrick and we went out. Despite the score, it was a great day out. That is probably my favourite football memory, because I had been there as a child and my Dad got to see me score there. That was special.

I play in central midfield for Palace. I’m a box-to-box player, playing in the No. 8 role but I can fill in anywhere in the centre really. I enjoy getting on the ball to begin the build-up, but I enjoy finishing it off as well. Most of the goals I score tend to be from outside the box.

Surprisingly, given how many new players we have got – we had 15 new signings at the start of the season – we have settled in quite quickly. On the pitch it has taken some time to gel. Socially we get on so well, but of course it takes time to have that same bond on the pitch.

We are disappointed with some results at the moment, but you can see glimpses of what we can produce. We really think we can push on in the league. We are working on something that can be really special, but it takes time to work that out on the pitch, especially in training. Things are heading in the right direction, even if results don’t reflect that.

For me personally this season, I was keen to get minutes and cement my place in the team, but last week I tore my ACL and now my objectives have to change. Even while I am out I want to help the team.

Everything we are doing is quite new and there are so many new personnel, so actually helping

the team with the analysis side is a target for me now. It means helping to improve the team off the pitch, even if, unfortunately, I can’t help them on the pitch for now.

The girls have been great –they are such a good bunch. They love a laugh and a joke. When you are training, if you are having a bad day, someone will be there to make you laugh.

Here at Palace we are incredibly lucky in the women’s game: there lots of people that will fix me and the facilities we have got here mean I have no worries whatsoever about returning from injury. The goal is to make a silver lining: there are lots of things I want to be better at in 12 months’ time.

Setting those goals, be they psychological or physical, or on the pitch like technical and tactical, they are things I can work on now. There are lots of people here, coaches and psychologists, who can put things in place. Even though it is still really hard, there are things I can do that can give me a sense of purpose, so I can come back better and stronger

Last week I tore my ACL and now my objectives have to change. Even while I am out I want to help the team
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Setting those goals, be they psychological or physical, or on the pitch like technical and tactical, they are things I can work on now

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Player stats league table fixtures & results

Name Apps Goals pos CLUB P W D L F A GD Pts 1 lon 12 8 3 1 28 8 +20 27 2 bri 11 7 3 1 17 6 +11 24 3 sou 13 6 5 2 15 9 +6 23 4 bir 12 7 1 4 20 13 +7 22 5 cha 11 7 1 3 20 14 +6 22 6 lew 11 4 4 3 10 12 -2 16 7 dur 12 4 3 5 16 16 0 15 8 cry 12 5 0 7 13 20 -7 15 9 bla 12 3 5 4 11 16 -5 14 10 sun 13 4 1 8 17 20 -3 13 11 she 12 2 2 8 15 15 0 8 12 cov 13 1 0 12 10 43 -33 3 Name Apps Goals Chloe Arthur 14 Paige Bailey-Gayle 13 Kirsty Barton 8 1 Annabel Blanchard 16 2 Charley Clifford 1 Rianna Dean Polly Doran 16 Aimee Everett 9 Anna Filbey 14 1 Fliss Gibbons 11 1 Shauna Guyatt 12 Coral-Jade Haines 14 1 Elise Hughes 17 5 Annabel Johnson 15 Fran Kitching (GK) 13 Natalia Negri (GK) 4 Leigh Nicol Ellie Noble 8 Hollie Olding 9 Chloe Peplow 8 Kirsten Reilly 13 Molly-Mae Sharpe 15 2 Isabella Sibley 7 1 Hope Smith (GK) Lizzie Waldie 14 seasonal stats
AUGUST Sun 21 London City Lionesses W 1-0 Sat 27 Coventry United W 3-0 SEPTEMBER Sun 18 Southampton L 1-2 Sun 25 Blackburn Rovers W 3-1 OCTOBER Sun 2 Bristol City L 0-4 Sun 16 Sunderland L 0-2 Sun 23 Bristol City L 0-3 Sun 30 Durham W 1-0 NOVEMBER Sun 20 Charlton Athletic L 1-2 Sun 27 Lewes L 1-4 DECEMBER Sun 4 Lewes W 1-0 JANUARY Sun 8 Watford W 5-1 Wed 11 Charlton Athletic L 0-2 Sun 15 London City Lionesses L 0-5 Sun 22 Coventry United L 2-3 Sun 29 Durham L 0-3 FEBRUARY Sun 5 Southampton L 0-2 Sun 12 Durham Sun 26 Sheffield United MARCH Sun 5 Bristol City Sun 12 Sheffield United Sun 19 Birmingham City Sun 26 Blackburn Rovers APRIL Sun 2 Sunderland Sun 16 Birmingham City Sun 23 Lewes Sun 30 Charlton Athletic








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