The third episode of NBC’s documentary series on Crystal Palace is now available to watch in full online, and as always, it’s thoroughly engaging viewing from beginning to end.
The first section of the programme covers Wayne Hennessey’s high profile error at Villa Park, as the manager and his coaching staff look into the best way of minimising the effect it has on Wayne from a mental perspective. With insight from Sports Psychologist Jeremy Snape, Andy Woodman and John Salako, it gives a real feel for the efforts the club make to help their players.
Following that, we see Jason Puncheon take the film crew to his childhood home and his Primary School, where he introduces us to one of his first ever teachers, before an impromptu chat about the sort of kid he was in the playground, surprisingly, he was a “chubby” child.
Attention then turns to preparation for the trip to Manchester City, with Snape once again quizzed over how his work with the team can impact upon our chances of success. Wayne Hennessey and Joel Ward and asked about their recuperation between matches, after the latter picked up a slight knock, before Yohan Cabaye discusses his preparation for the trip to Manchester.
As the squad travel to Manchester, we see both the players and the coaches enjoying separate evening meals, with Pardew asking goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman about Hennessey’s readiness for the game against Manuel Pellegrini’s superstars.
The remainder of the show documents the immediate build-up to the match, as well as the game itself, which, although ending in disappointment, gives an authentic picture of the efforts the lads put in on the day.