Davis relishes home visit

KELVIN Davis returns to Selhurst Park tonight relishing a big-match atmosphere.The Blues keeper signed for Town from Wimbledon who used to be tenants at the Crystal Palace home but rarely had crowds of more than 2,000 unless they played the landlords 'home and away'.

KELVIN Davis returns to Selhurst Park tonight relishing a big-match atmosphere.

The Blues keeper signed for Town from Wimbledon who used to be tenants at the Crystal Palace home but rarely had crowds of more than 2,000 unless they played the landlords 'home and away'.

Davis said: "The best fixtures were when we played Palace because it was the only time we saw the stadium full up.

"It was a bit bizarre because we used to have to change dressing rooms depending on whether we were home or away.


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"It was probably a bit more weird for them as it was their home ground. The biggest problem was the car parking, you used to get to your space and someone else was in there."

There will be a lot of familiar faces for Davis to bump into, with Wimbledon and Palace mixing even more even though the Dons have moved to Milton Keynes.

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He said: "I have got some close friends there and Palace have taken both physios and the fitness coach from Wimbledon. Neil Shipperley and Michael Hughes are good mates so it is a fixture I'm looking forward to."

With Davis feeling at home he will be looking for a second consecutive clean sheet and a third in four games after going all season without one in the league.

Palace have not won on a Tuesday at home in 20 months, failure to win tonight will make it 21, while Town have not won in the league on a Tuesday for almost five years.

Ipswich have not won at Selhurst Park in eight attempts, four have ended all-square.

Goalless draws are not common-place either, with Palace going 16 games and Town 23 without a nil-nil.

Davis said: "It all points to a draw. They are under a bit of pressure and will want to win as much as us.

"We are after a another clean sheet because any team who goes to Palace and gets a point will be happy, wherever they are in the table.

"I was delighted to get one at home at last. It was a great feeling. Keeping clean sheets is something that has been instilled in me from an early age.

"To be 5-0 up and not keep one hurt last week so to get one live on national television was a big thrill."

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