There really wasn’t a great deal to be positive about following last night’s defeat at home to Bournemouth, but we did at least score a goal.
It’s telling, having been fifth in the Premier League table towards the end of 2015, that we are now taking comfort from a single goal scored by a defender in a loss at Selhurst Park.
Of course, we have a squad that has been absolutely decimated by injuries and suspensions in recent weeks, but the decline in our fortunes has been swift and startling to say the least.
Whilst we did eventually go on to concede twice, our opener was in fact a beautifully worked and well taken goal from the ever-present Scott Dann. After Lee Chung-Yong flicked a back heel into the path of Wilfried Zaha, the tireless winger drilled a ball across goal for the central defender to powerfully volley into the top right-hand corner of the net.
It was to be a fleeting moment of jubilation on what was ultimately another depressing night under the floodlights in SE25, but for the moment I’m all for taking each and every positive available to us as fans.
There will have been plenty who thought that the goal represented a turning point in our fortunes after a run of genuinely tough fixtures, but now, we head into this weekend’s game away at Swansea in desperate need of a win to lift the spirits of fans, players and coaches alike.
Enjoy the goal.