Palace 1-0 Swansea
Crystal Palace gave their fans the perfect send off with a 1-0 win over Swansea City at Selhurst Park. A second half Marouane Chamakh strike was enough to see Palace take the spoils and climb to the top half of the table - equalling the clubs second best ever finish in the top flight.
Pards became the first ever manager in the Premier League to take a team from the relegation zone (after 19 games) and guide them to the top half of the table. He is also the first manager to save two side from relegation in the same season as it is clear that Newcastle would have been doomed without his efforts early on in the season.
"He is like a year eleven kid playing against a bunch of year seven kids" was my analogy of his performance. He run rings around Swansea with ease and was a joy to watch. With a summer to work on Zaha (and Bolasie) I can see Pardew turning him into a superstar as when he is on he is completely unplayable, regardless of who is trying to defend him.
A brilliant performance that fully deserved the goal. It is sad that it resulted from his hamstring going, again, but the standing ovation that he received from all four sides of the stadium as everyone in attendance sung his name was moving. When we all think back to the player we was expecting when he turned up from Arsenal compared to the player that we have actually seen has amazed me. Here's to a speedy recovery, sir.
Man of the Match: Brede Hangeland
Could have been a range of people. Chamakh, Zaha and Puncheon all had very good games but I enjoyed the way that Hangeland came back in for the first time in weeks and looked so comfortable even when battling against the very strong Gomis.
I have already mentioned the ovation that Chamakh received but the atmosphere in the last fifteen minutes of this game was off the richter scale impressive from the Palace fans. I was in the Sky box between the Holmesdale and the Arthur recording the HOL Radio podcast and this box is sound proofed. As the Holmesdale Road end bounced up and down the box started to rock and the noise was making a mocker of the sound proofing. We then opened the door and we were all left gobsmacked by the noise that came pouring in.