Palace Centre Back Backs Up Howard Webb

On asked about the reason behind them losing the game, Damien Delaney, Crystal Palace centre back commented that Howard Webb’s decision of not sending off Dejan Lovren was not the main reason behind their defeat this Saturday. Yannick Bolasie, post defeating two PSG players went ahead of Lovren, nevertheless the defender crushed him down immediately right outside box.

Without any delay the Crystal palace supporters yelled out for a red car, since Lovren looked like the last man, nevertheless just a yellow card was shown to him. This was probably because the 2 defenders from Southampton came in from the right and the left. However, Delaney somehow refuses to blame the ace referee, and described Webb as a reliable and good referee who can definitely be counted on.

The Irishman further added that this one is definitely tricky for Webb, because of the angle which is being looked at right now. He also thinks that the defender Nathaniel Clyney was anyway coming round the side.

He stressed that with respect to Nathaniel’s depth to exactly where he was, it sure was a very quick breakaway, & a much difficult challenge for Howard to refer. Howard Webb is not only a great referee but also a very reliable one, since he explains all his decisions well. Out of his impeccable record if he has got one wrong, that too a decision which didn’t definitely affect the winning or losing side of it, then so be it. All in all it was just a team of players who did not score well and absolutely did not keep a clean sheet. Thus just by sending of Lovren, Webb definitely did not push Crystal Palace towards a bad defeat. As a team they should have performed better and not blame the referee.


Nikica Jelavic and John Heitinga have not played an important role for Everton in this season and Roberto Martinez will be looking for a way to release them from the club waiting for possible offers from other clubs.

West Ham is targeting the Croatian forward Jelavic and they have now been given the green light to start making the approaches and offers if they want to land Jelavic from Everton.

“If the right thing appears for the players, I will have to consider it and look into. I am quite open-minded about it. If they don’t play minutes. It will affect their World Cup chances. I can understand that’’.

“Because they are such good professionals I have to consider.But it’s a balancing act and we can’t weaken the squad.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez said.

Jelavic has only managed to play in 7 matches for Everton of this season and still has not scored a single goal. This was not the case for him when he made his debut season with Everton back in 2011 where he scored 9 goals in 13 appearances. The recent downfall of form is one of the main reasons why Martinez is looking for a way to send him to another club and hopefully create enough funds to find a replacement in the transfer market.

West Ham is struggling to find goals in this season as they still have Andy Carroll injured and an injection of fresh legs and new arrivals might just be what they need to climb some spots in the Premier League until Carroll can complete his recovery.

Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone are also players that are injured and Martinez has to find a way to fill the gap and space left by those players which will help if he can sell Jelavic and Heitinga in the January transfer window.