Palace 1-1 Stoke
Crystal Palace and Stoke City played out a drab 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park under the crisp winter sun. James McArthur opened his account for the Eagles with a looping header on 11 minutes but Stoke equalised through Peter Crouch less than two minutes later and that was all she wrote.
McArthur almost scored a second in the second half only to be denied by a fantastic Asmir Begovic save. The ball came through a crowd of players and the big stopper did well to get down to a ball that he would have seen very late.
What an appalling match. If he had the power, Premier League supremo Richard Scudamore would probably banish both Palace and Stoke from the league. Stoke gave up trying to win the match after the equaliser and by the 70th minute it looked like we were happy to settle for the draw as well.
Short of the already mentioned McArthur chance and an extremely tame effort from Peter Crouch, neither team looked remotely threatening in the second half. From both teams perspectives. If you do not feel that you have the ability to go on and beat Stoke/Palace then you might as well give up now... a bit like I feel like doing writing about this match.
Should we be worried?
If you replace Cardiff with Burnley and Norwich with Leicester, we are TWELVE points worse off than last year against the opponents that we have already played at Selhurst Park this season. That is a lot of points and it is not going to get any easier at home this season. Southampton, Spurs and Everton are our next three visitors. See any points from those three matches?
With the Spurs performance fresh in the memory I will hold on to a fragment of hope, however, I remain convinced that we will go down if Warnock remains in charge. His inability to effect proceedings yesterday against a team that was showing no interest in going forward is where this fear comes from. Sunderland and Villa and now Stoke. He is not learning and he needs to.
Man of the Match: James McArthur
Easily the best player on the pitch, again. Without doubt the signing of the summer for us.
Up Next: Manchester City
Gave them a great game last season. With no Aguero and maybe even Dzeko, who knows what could happen.
Come on you Palace!