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Warnock: “I See Gayle As A Starter In This Palace Side”

Neil Warnock has given a strong indication that Dwight Gayle will be his first-choice striker until further notice, telling the press that despite Tony Pulis not seeing the former Peterborough man as the man to lead the Palace line, he will give him a prolonged chance to impress in the coming weeks.

Speaking recently, Warnock said:

He played a bit-part role last season but I was determined to get him involved and that’s why he’s started my first two games.

“He will surprise a few people. I have been told he’s not a starter and things like that but I think his time has come. Tony didn’t pick him so often but different managers have players who fit in with they want to do.”

For most Palace fans, Dwight Gayle is seen as the obvious choice to start at the head of the side, with his raw pace, instinctive moment and impressive goal tally in a red and blue shirt pointing towards him being the man best suited to the challenges the Premier League poses.

Clearly, given the fact that he has started both of the games Neil Warnock has taken charge of so far, Gayle has impressed the manager in the early stages of his second spell in charge, scoring just a minute into our game at St James’ Park three weeks ago.

There is no doubt that Warnock enjoys getting the best out of players who perhaps haven’t flourished elsewhere, with Darren Ambrose’s form under him being clear proof of that, and in Gayle he has a striker with all of the natural attributes to succeed at this level, should he be pointed in the right direction.

Hopefully we’ll see Dwight scoring plenty more goals in the weeks and months to come. Finally, he’s got the backing of his manager as well as the supporters, it’s taken a while…

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Loan Report: Jack Hunt’s Forest Beat Fulham To Stay Top

Jack Hunt continued to look a threat from an attacking perspective in Nottingham Forest’s 5-3 win over Fulham last night, as Stuart Pearce’s side regained top spot in the Championship.

The right-back, who is well-known for his attacking tendencies, struggled a little in his defensive work, on a night when Fulham recovered from being 2-0 down to take a 3-2 lead midway through the second half, but ultimately, any defensive mishaps were forgiven by the Forest faithful, thanks to another pulsating victory at The City Ground.

Having never played a first-team game for Palace, there remain question marks over Hunt’s ability to cope with Premier League wingers from a defensive point of view, with last night perhaps demonstrating why we are still keen for him to gain experience in the second tier. Of course, his pace and crossing will be an attribute to any side, but if they aren’t coupled with a strong performance at the other end of the field, we are more than likely to continue with Ward, Kelly or Mariappa for the time being.

Hopefully, with each passing week, Hunt will continue to iron out any minor issues with his game, which will certainly be helped by playing in a side who are developing a regular winning habit under the guidance of Stuart Pearce.

Forest travel to face Ian Holloway’s Millwall at The Den this Saturday.

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