Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dowie and His Players Run the Gauntlet of Angry Fans

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dowie and His Players Run the Gauntlet of Angry Fans

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Byline: LEO SPALL

CRYSTAL PALACE'S players and management were involved in a bust up with stewards and fans at West Brom.

Angry scenes erupted around the dugouts at The Hawthorns towards the end of last night's dramatic 2-2 draw.

On a night of bad temper at Highbury, the ill feeling was echoed between the relegation rivals when Palace manager Iain Dowie and his brother Bob, Palace's director of football, had been subjected to abuse at close quarters from West Brom fans and wanted more protection from stewards.

The row continued down the tunnel at the end where there were heated exchanges with stewards.

Iain Dowie said: "They were the actions of people not prepared to be sworn at and abused. The stewards were allowing people to get near us.

Supporters were smashing down on the top of our dugout.

"But I have been called worse things so don't worry about it.

Football is a passionate game."

Palace will be delighted with their point earned with a 90th-minute goal from Aki Riihilahti .

And if Andrew Johnson does not get called-up for England's friendly against Holland next week, his teammates will want to know why.

The Palace striker scored his 15th league goal of the season last night and has surely earned the right to an England call-up.

Johnson, 23, may be inexperienced at the top level but he has outperformed the other England goalscorers in the Premiership.

He was forced to play up front alone at The Hawthorns with very little support from midfield as Palace were reduced to 10 men after 13 minutes.

Chances were extremely scarce, but he worked tirelessly and kept West Brom's four-man defence much busier than they would have liked.

Johnson's 47th minute goal came out of nothing when he latched on to a long goal-kick and gambled on a mistake by defender Darren Purse, allowing him to head freely over the advancing Russell Hoult. …

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