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Merstham Run Out Pleases De Boer

Merstham Run Out Pleases De Boer

Manager Frank de Boer was delighted with the run out Crystal Palace received in the Merstham friendly yesterday evening.

The game was officially an Under 23 fixture so Richard Shaw led the line from the sides with Frank de Boer in the crowd, but a number of first team names got game time in the three two victory.


Perntreou (Dion-Henry), Tomkins, Kelly, Delaney, Wan-Bissaka, Schlupp, Williams (Flanagan), Husin (Phillips), Kaikai (Mutch), Lee (McGregor), Ladapo (Trialist).



Sullay Kaikai won himself a penalty a short time after the hosts had taken the lead, and although his effort was saved he was able to follow up to slot home. Seven minutes into the second period the hosts were awarded a penalty to retake their lead, but just after the hour mark Freddie Ladapo had us back on level terms and a late freekick from Kian Flanagan gave us the win at the Moatside ground.

Speaking to the Croydon Advertiser following the game, de Boer had been pleased with the challenge and with the opportunity to get extra minutes into a few players.

'We didn't have that many games in pre-season, so we wanted some players to get more minutes and it's important they play games, because it's different than training. You can try to simulate it but it's always different, so it's good for the players who played.'

De Boer went on to say.

'It was a strong team for Richard to pick, we have a very big squad so we can't always keep everyone satisfied in the important games. But we have to count on these players and they need to be ready, so they need to have minutes. That's why we chose to do that in this game.'

Complimenting our hosts, he ended with.

'Credit to Merstham, they did a fantastic job and they played us well - compliments for their coach (Hayden Bird). It was good to watch.'

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Writer:Eddy Eagle
Date:Wednesday August 9 2017
Time: 3:45PM

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