The Reds let a three nil half time score slip to draw with Crystal Palace at home. A decent first half from the Reds saw Jermoe Sinclair strike twice and Sam Gainford strike as well to all but close a game out against a Palace side who looked at the top of their age group based on their size and stature.
A few tasty looking tackles went in during the game particularly from the Palace no2 but the ref only once got his yellow card out and that was late in the game for the Palace centre back who i'm sure was more than 18.
In the second half Palace came right back in to the game and dominated for large periods. Kai-Kai got a goal back for them but as the Reds stopped playing football and in particular using the midfield they invited pressure on to themselves.
It didn't help that the Reds played the final twenty minutes of the game with ten men after sub Jack Dunn pulled up with what looks like a serious hamstring tear. Dunn went off on the injury cart and the Reds were left chasing shadows. Dymond and Johnson-Cole brought the scores level and the worry for the Reds was that all the momentum was with the away side.
That said the best chances of a winner came for the Reds - not least for Daniel Trickett-Smith who got clear late on but smashed his shot past the keeper only to see it clip the bar and go over.
All in it was a fair result over the whole of the game but the worrying thing for me was how quickly the Reds tired in the second half and that was even before we went down to ten men. It's always going to be harder with tn obviously and a few of the players were out on their feet at the final whistle.