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Neil Warnock Clears The Air With Jason Puncheon Over Dinner

When it was first announced that Neil Warnock would be returning for a second stint in charge of Crystal Palace, there was a suggestion that Jason Puncheon, who had previously been publicly critical of his new boss, could be on the way out of the club.

Luckily for us, the two appear to have worked through any differences they may have had, with Puncheon’s recent form suggesting that he’s more than happy to be playing for the 64-year-old once again.

Speaking to the press following our victory over Leicester City, Warnock said:

“We had an evening meal together and talked about it.

“I think he is enjoying it here, you have bust-ups and say things. He got told the wrong side of the tale at the time but the last couple of years he has been phenomenal and we are very pleased to have him.

“He probably isn’t getting as much limelight as Yannick (Bolasie), but I have told him he is a marked man this year.

“When they mark Jason tight they leave Yannick space, so it is six of one and half a dozen of the other at the moment. With his contribution he is a manager’s dream at the moment.”

Whilst the thought of Puncheon and Warnock dining as a pair doesn’t conjure up the most comfortable of images, it is fantastic to hear that they have managed to clear the air, after some pretty heated words were exchanged last season.

From the manager’s perspective, the talk certainly seems to have paid off, with Puncheon playing as well as he ever has done in a Palace shirt of late. Saturday’s performance, capped by his assist for our second goal, highlighted just how much of a threat he can be when he’s on his game, and demonstrated perfectly why he and Yannick Bolasie are keeping Wilfried Zaha out of the starting line-up.

I’m guessing Warnock picked up the bill for their dinner, too.

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Why Jonny Williams Ipswich Loan Works Well For All Parties

Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams has rejoined Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town on loan until the 31st December 2014, having struggled to force his way into Neil Warnock’s first-team during the opening weeks of the Premier League season.

Whilst no one at Palace would deny that Williams has more than enough talent to succeed at the highest level of the game, there is simply no way of finding him a regular place in our starting line-up as things stand, with Mile Jedinak, Joe Ledley and James McArthur having formed an ominously efficient trio at the heart of our midfield, giving Williams no option other than to move elsewhere in the short-term, if he is to continue playing first-team football on a regular basis.

Understandably, there was no shortage of suitors for Williams’ signature, with Dougie Freedman’s Bolton Wanderers supposedly showing serious interest in taking him, but ultimately, the Wales international decided that he would be best served by returning to the scene of his successful loan spell from last season.

Having been extremely well received by the fans at Portman Road, where he even managed to secure himself the Goal of the Season award, Jonny will be welcomed back by everyone with open arms in East Anglia, as he looks to further enhance an already sparkling reputation within the game.

Some have suggested that we may never see Williams in a Palace shirt again, whilst others have laughed off those claims completely, stating that Palace are well aware of his potential and as such, are keen to retain his services on a permanent basis for many years to come.

Unfortunately, regardless of his potential, should Ipswich be able to offer him regular first-team starts for the foreseeable future whilst we cannot, the decision will likely hinge solely on Williams long-term ambitions as a player, rather than sentiment for the past.

Hopefully it never comes to that, but as time continues to tick away, you do have to wonder when or indeed if, we will ever see Jonny playing regularly in a Palace shirt. It’s a sad thought, that’s for sure.

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