Whilst last weekend’s result may not have been the one we were looking for, Palace fans have every right to feel extremely proud of the team’s performance against Manuel Pellegrini’s table toppers.
Equipping ourselves fantastically well against the raw pace and power that runs throughout City’s squad, Palace were arguably the better side in the opening 45 minutes, prompting many of the game’s “experts” to suggest that we were well worth a point, despite the late winner scored by Blues academy man Iheanacho.
It’s telling that, despite facing three of last season’s top four in our first five league fixtures, we are sitting in fifth position with nine points to our name, rather than scrambling for results in the hope of better things to come in later matches. There has been a change in attitude thanks to Alan Pardew and it doesn’t appear as though our new-found sense of confidence is set to disappear anytime soon.
Following this weekend’s trip to play Spurs, we face Watford, West Brom, West Ham and Leicester in consecutive matches, all of which, when you consider the start we’ve made to the campaign, represent opportunities to take all three points without a Herculean effort on our part.
As will always be the case, Alan Pardew and the board will focus first on reaching the all-important 40 point mark before hopefully pushing the players on to eclipse the 10th placed finish they cruised into last season. If the performances from the last few weeks are anything to go by, we don’t have a great deal to worry about.
You can re-watch a huge chunk of our valiant loss to Manchester City by clicking on the link above; even if you skip out the last 30 seconds or so to save you from getting too frustrated.