Crystal Palace Lowdown

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RESIGNED to finishing in no man's land, Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has earmarked certain games in which to experiment with younger players for next season.

And with Coventry just a place behind them in the Championship, tonight's match at Selhurst Park might just fit that criteria given that the Sky Blues are also not involved at either end of the table.

Palace are also struggling with injuries with lively striker Sean Scannell - who performed so well in their 2-0 win at the Ricoh last November - midfielder John Oster and left-back Clint Hill - who scored in that game - all expected to miss the match. Holding midfielder Shaun Derry is also nursing a shoulder injury which could open the door for 18-year-old James Comley, while fellow teenager Lee Hills could come in at full-back.

But the Eagles' biggest blow to their season came when they lost three central figures in the team. Attacking midfielder Ben Watson - who scored and created goals including Palace's second at the

Ricoh - was sold to Wigan in the January transfer window, centre forward Craig Beattie was recalled from loan by West Brom and defender Patrick McCarthy suffered a long-term injury. …