Palace 1-3 Spurs
Crystal Palace finally ended their Premier League goal scoring drought only to then fail to hold on to the lead, a very rare occurrence for the Eagles. A Wilfried Zaha cross forced Jan Vertonghen to put through his own goal on the half an hour and the relief around Selhurst Park was palpable through the singing of “We Love You” in celebration.
Tottenham responded well in the second half and dominated the first twenty minutes after the break and their pressure eventually told when Harry Kane climbed above Damien Delaney on 63 minutes to head past Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal. The Irish defenders reaction to being caught flat footed was summed up through the anger that he displayed through his body language.
This goal kicked the hosts back into life and only two great Hugo Lloris saves from first Zaha and then Pape Souare, the latter then aided by a block from the Delaney follow up, and the crossbar, twice, prevented Alan Pardew’s men from retaking the lead.
With both teams seemingly prepared to settle for a point, Dele Alli had other ideas and joined a long list of world class goals scored at Selhurst Park in recent seasons with a miraculous self-created volley six minutes from time.
Palace chased an equaliser and Lloris was again in the way, this time to stop a Fraizer Campbell header before Nacer Chadli wrapped up the three points with practically the last kick of the game, the eleventh goal that Palace have conceded in four January league games – prior to this only 16 goals had been conceded in nineteen outings.
Errors Leading to Goals
Chelsea, Aston Villa, Manchester City and now Spurs. The first goal we have conceded in each of these games, vital goals, have been errors. Delaney against Chelsea, Hennessey against Villa and City and now Damo again against Spurs.
The reason that we were picking up results earlier in the season is that, even when we were up against a team at the top of their form like we were yesterday, we were staying in games by not giving up such errors. Now the errors have crept in, we’re losing our edge.
It will only be a matter of time before the errors stop, surely? Once these stop, the results will start to come again. It is unsurprising that we started to create chances again yesterday with a fit Connor Wickham leading the line. This is not to say that I would not like to see another striker come in. Unfortunately it looks like Connor is made of glass so we certainly need someone else in in his mould. Then with Yannick Bolasie to come back I really do not think that things are as bad as everyone is making out.
It is certainly frustrating though and frustration does lead to strange behaviours…
I am not talking about opposition fans fighting each other, although this did happen yet again in the Main Stand as stewards continue to refuse to throw out opposition fans that have found their way into the home end, I am talking about Palace fans fighting Palace fans. I saw it happen at the Southampton game in the Cup and saw it again yesterday in the Holmesdale.
This time I was right next to the incident and it came after two blokes shouting their heads off for the entire game about how “s**t” we are. After over an hour of it someone asked them why they even bothered coming and immediately they tried to kick off. The biggest joke was the guy they tried to kick off with doesn’t look typically hard, then all of a sudden someone two rows further forward came to the defence of the guy that spoke up and he did look hard and the would be fighter s*** himself.
Stop fighting each other and concentrate on singing a bit more. You know, that thing we used to do regardless of what was happening on the field.
Up Next: Stoke City
Another reprieve from the league in the form of a 4th Round FA Cup tie. Stoke will be looking to bounce back from a hammering at Leicester but will also play again in their League Cup Semi Final at Liverpool on Tuesday. Hopefully we will be able to take advantage of their fixture congestion and progress in the Cup.
Come on you Palace.