Marc Guehi and Michael Olise helped Crystal Palace produce one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the FA Cup. Guehi opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Michael Olise doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute. The League Two were a much-improved side in the second half but could not find the back of the net.
Hartlepool manager Graeme Lee: “What Crystal Palace have done, not only for putting the buses on for the fans to come down but for what they have done for me and my wife is absolutely immense. I am forever grateful not just to the club but for the fans’ support. The last time I looked before the game it was over a year’s supply of medication for my wife and for us to know that is absolutely unbelievable. The support and messages from the fans mean as much, especially for my wife because the well-wishes and positive energy coming for her can only help. After the game the atmosphere, the players and fans needed that moment for the cup run we’ve had. It was special.”
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira: “I was really pleased with the team performance. What we wanted was to start the game well and we did. We managed to score the early goals that allowed us to control the game a little bit more. We knew it could be a tricky game but from the first minute we went on the field with a lot of respect for the opposition.”
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