Palace 1-3 Saints
Clearly a lot has changed since this game has finished. I have put some thoughts down on the sacking of Neil Warnock here. I will try and stick to yesterday's game below.
Crystal Palace were comprehensively beaten by Southampton on a rainy afternoon at Selhurst Park. A loss that has resulted in the sacking of manager Neil Warnock. As the game wore on there was growing discontent within the stadium as large groups of fans started to voice their disappointments from the run of 1 win in 12 games, culminating in almost the entire stadium chanting "You don't know what you're doing" when replacing Yannick Bolasie with Martin Kelly.
The Eagles started the brighter of the two teams but it was like groundhog day in front of goal as they yet again failed to capitalise on their chances. Southampton were not so wasteful and Mane took advantage of some appalling Palace defending to round Speroni and score with their first real attack of note in the 17th minute.
Just like at Manchester City last week, Neil Warnock's half time team talk only seemed to make things worse and Southampton were 0-3 up within 8 minutes of the restart. Mane turned provider for Bertrand to curl home and Alderweireld thumped home a head from a corner.
Scott Dann scored late to help the Palace goal difference but the writing was on the wall, both in terms of the result and Warnock's second stint at the club.
Talking of Dann. In the last few weeks mistakes have started creeping into his game. The Villa goal, the second Man City goal and Southampton's first goal were all down to him. This is after barely putting a single foot wrong since he arrived at the club.
There will always be people that say that it is not always the managers fault. They send players out to do a job and that it is hard to legislate for mistakes. I am speculating here, but in recent weeks it has seemed that Dann has been disinterested. Perhaps trying to get rid of Warnock? Players will stop playing for their manager if they feel that they are not the right man and dressing rooms have got managers sacked more times than you could count in the history of football. I mean you don't simply go from being one of the best centre backs I have ever seen at the club (19 years a fan) to a conveyor belt of mistakes.
The same could be said for Joel Ward who appears to have all but given up at left back. Yet again he was all over the shop yesterday, however, he was not helped out by Warnock trying to experiment with Puncheon and Bolasie playing on the same flank for a majority of the game, leaving Ward exposed on the other.
I am speculating as I said, but the way Warnock conducted himself in his post match talk yesterday suggests to me that he had lost the dressing room.
Warnock had not just lost the dressing room but he had also lost the fans. We, as fans, have been getting lambasted by opposition fans in recent weeks. "You sing all the time?" mocked the Man City fans last week at an often silent away end and as for yesterday, when the HF have given up banging the drum, you know something is wrong.
At least now we will get our mojo back. I expect the atmosphere will be banging at Loftus Road tomorrow.
Come on you Palace!