Sheff Weds 1-0 Palace
Crystal Palace’s Yorkshire away day nightmare continued at Hillsborough. Leroy Lita popped up with a late winner to send Palace back winless from the largest county in England. The only good to come out of the game was that this is the last time the Eagles have to go there this season.
As the game looked set to end goalless with neither team looking like scoring a moment of magic broke the deadlock. The balled dropped fortuitously to the Wednesday winger Antonio and the cross that he dug out was glorious, picking out Lita who headed in off the crossbar.
Quality wise this game was up there with the worst that I have seen this season. Sheffield Wednesday put in a momentous shift, pressing nonstop for ninety minutes, however, they couldn’t keep the ball when they did manage to win it back. The pitch didn’t help. Passing the ball along the deck was difficult as it bobbled all over the place and this dramatically affected our influence on the game. Our two shots on target pays testament to this, it is very unlike us to manage so few.
The game was crying out for Wilfried Zaha. Naturally there are some people worrying about how flat that we looked without him on the field believing that this does not bode well for next season. Whilst Zaha may have been able to affect this game positively, because he was not on the field was not the reason that we were below par. I cannot stress enough how well Wednesday did at shutting us down. It is very easy to only look at us and not them. Their game plan worked and all credit to Dave Jones. Further, they are in the middle of a very good run, confidence is up and were never going to be a push over.
Man of the Match: Kagisho Dikgacoi
It was a close run thing between KG and Mile Jedinak. Mile was probably shading it until he was caught in possession and had to rely on a great save from Speroni to keep the score at 1-0. KG was a beast and was all over Wednesday in the middle of the park when they were on the ball and he was calm in possession under heavy pressure from the home team. Did not deserve to be on the losing side.
Brilliant from the Palace fans. Embarrassing from the home fans.
A heavy HF presence, drum in tow, directed a superb performance from the Palace fans. We could have done nothing more to help the team. In complete contrast the home fans were woeful and sang twice. Once when the scored and once at the full time whistle. It was embarrassing.
As you may have been able to tell, I have no real desire to write much about this game. Derby up next. Now an even bigger game. Three points at Derby and this loss is not so bad, especially with Hull and Leicester failing to win.