Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway plans changes for Capital One Cup tie against Bristol City
The newly promoted side have lost both their Premier League games
Tuesday 27 August 2013
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway will pick a team for tonight's Capital One Cup second-round tie at Bristol City with the thought very much in mind that earning Barclays Premier League points is the Eagles' priority at the moment.
The London club, promoted to the top flight in May, were beaten 2-1 at Stoke on Saturday, making it two defeats from two league matches for them so far this season.
And Holloway has declared his intention to shuffle his pack for the clash with SkyBet League One outfit City, both in order to give game time to some members of his squad that are yet to feature this term and also - primarily it seems - to rest some of those who are deemed key to the Premier League campaign.
Asked if he would be making changes for this evening's contest, Holloway said: "I think so.
"I think the other lads need a game, so I will have to give them that.
"And it is about getting some points in this division. That is the truth.
"We have to do that quickly, otherwise it builds and builds."
Holloway has already added a host of players to Palace's squad this summer, but he has made it clear he wants to bring in more before the transfer window closes on September 2.
And he admits that is something he would rather be working on than overseeing his side for their tie against City.
Asked if he was pleased Palace are back in action just three days after the Stoke match, Holloway said: "Not really, no.
"I should be locked in a room with my chairman, trying to get some more signings in.
"But this is just the way it is. It is absolutely manic, completely and utterly crazy."
Several summer signings are among the players who could come into the Palace team to face City, such as goalkeeper Neil Alexander, defender Florian Marange and midfielder Elliot Grandin.
Whether or not another, winger Jerome Thomas, is fit to feature having missed Palace's two games so far through injury remains to be seen.
Holloway has the likes of Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie ruled out of action at the moment.
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