Town face century seeker

CLINTON Morrison is sat on 99 goals and torn between wanting to grab his ton against Ipswich on Sunday or reach the milestone against bitter rivals Charlton next week and make chairman Simon Jordan's day.

By Derek Davis

CLINTON Morrison is sat on 99 goals and torn between wanting to grab his ton against Ipswich on Sunday or reach the milestone against bitter rivals Charlton next week and make chairman Simon Jordan's day.

The last palace player to achieve the century was Dougie Freedman and he was presented with a gold salver by Simon Jordan, so obviously Morrison wants to better that too

The Republic of Ireland striker said: “I would like to reach the century as soon as possible and getting it against Ipswich would be great, although it might make the chairman even happier if I got it against Charlton. Perhaps then he will give me a gold salver for the 100 as I would enjoy the extra bling.”


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Morrison is also targetting a 20 goal season and has already scored two goals in two Championship games after netting a dozen last time around.

The 28-year-old said: "I want to do better than the 12 league goals I got last season.

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"For my standards, that is not good enough. I think I can hit 20 goals."

Morrison will lead the attack along side hat-trick hero James Scowcroft while Shefi Kuqi, and Freedman will have to settle for places on the bench.

Palace will be without Kevin Watson who has damaged ankle ligaments while Carl Fletcher and Jeff Hughes are back in contention after injuries.

Palace boss started off his new job with victory at Portman Road on the opening day of last season and doubled them by winning at home so Blues boss Jim Magilton is looking to clip the Eagles' wings.

Magilton said: “We owe Palace one after losing both games last season. They are a dangerous side especially good at set pieces.

“Scowy has got off to a good start so he will be one to watch.

“We need to be aware of their strengths but play to our own and take the game to them.

“We acknowledge we have not been a fantastic but we can be better with the ball.”

Magilton ahs also warned his team to curb their indiscipline after Ipswich received a letter from the FA warning them to their future behaviour.

He said: “I want desire and people showing me they are committed but I don't want silliness.

“We don't want the silly booking for dissent. We want played to show aggression but not be rash and to be composed and play within the laws of the game.”

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