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City hoping to turn back the clock to beat Palace

October 24, 2017 7:00 AM
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City hoping to turn back the clock to beat Palace

Bristol City will be looking to cause another cup upset tonight as they take on Premier League Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the League Cup at Ashton Gate.

Lee Johnson's men have already knocked out two other top flight teams this season - Watford and Stoke City.

A win will take the Robins into the quarter-finals for the first time in nearly 30 years. In that 1988/89 season, as a Third Division club, they famously went all the way to the semi-final - narrowly losing to First Division Nottingham Forest over two legs.

On the way to the semi-final, City also faced tonight's opponents Palace. Managed by Steve Coppell, the Eagles would end the season being promoted to the First Division, but they were no match for Joe Jordan's men - and were swept aside 4-1 at Ashton Gate.

Carl Shutt gave City a 12th minute lead. The late Ralph Milne then scored twice in three first half minutes to put the Robins in complete control. His first, a superb finish past former Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Brian Parkin. It was form like that which prompted Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson to sign Milne just a week or so later in a shock £170,000 deal.

And the upset was complete when Alan Walsh made it 4-0 eight minutes from time, although Palace did grab a consolation when Alan Pardew netted in the 89th minute.


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