Charlton fans all over South London were desperate to get one over on us in the recent Capital One Cup tie at Selhurst Park but in truth, Alan Pardew’s players were far too good for the Addicks throughout.
The disparity in the scoreline and general performances of the two sides are a sign of the differing directions the two clubs have traveled in during recent seasons, with Ledley and co. comfortably dispatching Guy Luzon’s Robins without appearing to break a sweat under the floodlights in SE25.
Whilst there was an understandable sense of trepidation across Palace’s fanbase in the build-up to the game, given the importance that is always placed on derby games, the reality of Charlton’s task hit home extremely quickly on Wednesday night, as the hosts poked and prodded their way around in the opening 45 minutes in the hope of getting a goal which would open the floodgates.
Handily, the opening strike of the game arrived pretty quickly after the interval, allowing Palace and more specifically Dwight Gayle to take over, adding another three to our tally before the final whistle sounded.
In truth, the gap could have been far wider, but you got the sense that our players were more than happy to coast in the closing stages, having seen off a far from valiant effort from the visitors to put up a fight against the tide.
As quotes go, Joe has come up with a belter here. To see his full thoughts on the tie, click on the link above.