Saturday’s performance against Manchester United was one of our most impressive in recent weeks, outplaying Louis Van Gaal’s men over 90 minutes to halt a run of three straight defeats.
Many had feared the worst in the aftermath of Wednesday’s 5-1 hammering at the hands of Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, but thanks to the return of Yohan Cabaye, Joel Ward, Jason Puncheon and James McArthur to the starting line-up, there was a far greater sense of balance to the side against the Reds.
Spurred on by a fantastic display from Dwight Gayle at the head of the team, Alan Pardew and co. will understandably feel a little aggrieved to have only come away from the game with a point, highlighting the dramatic turnaround in fortunes from a week or two ago.
Having limited United to just one clear-cut chance throughout the game, which Wayne Rooney quickly squandered, we were unquestionably the better side on the day, filling both our fans and players with confidence ahead of what will be an extremely tricky trip to Anfield to face a Liverpool side who are still to taste defeat under their new boss Jurgen Klopp.
If the players perform anywhere near as well as did at Selhurst Park on Saturday, we’ve got a great chance of coming away from Merseyside with at least a point for our troubles.
We’ve done it before.