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Crabble set to rock with Dover Athletic to host Premier League side Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup


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Dover manager Chris Kinnear usually keeps his cards pretty close to his chest.

That wasn’t the case after his side got drawn against Premier League Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday night.

They will take on the south Londoners in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,000 at Crabble between January 3 and 6.

Kinnear said: “It’s a great draw for not only us as a club but also the region.

“As a non-league team you are always looking for, and hoping for, a Premier League team and we got one.

Nicky Deverdics,left, celebrates with his captain Connor Essam after the win at Cheltenham last Sunday. Picture: Ady Kerry
Nicky Deverdics,left, celebrates with his captain Connor Essam after the win at Cheltenham last Sunday. Picture: Ady Kerry

“They (Palace) play in the best league in the world and they are coming to our house.

"That is unbelievable when you think about it – that’s the beauty of the FA Cup. It gives players such as mine the chance to play against some of the best in the world.

“It’s going to be a fantastic experience for everyone involved at the club, regardless of the result. But we all know the FA Cup has a history of producing upsets!”

How does Kinnear plan to beat Palace, managed by Neil Warnock, and who are currently 15th in the Premier League?

He said: “We’ll put a Dover ferry in front of our goal – that should restrict them!”

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