Crystal Palace had been stuck on 31 points for an astonishing 41 days heading into yesterday’s game against Swansea, a run of form that was broken by a brilliantly taken close-range finish from Scott Dann.
After failing to muster a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes, Palace began the second half in far more aggressive fashion, openly attacking the hosts on the flanks. Having won a corner after some good work form Pape Souare and Jordon Mutch, a ball was floated into the penalty area for Dann to convert from around six yards out.
Following a run of five straight Premier League defeats, it was exactly the sort of moment we needed to provide a platform for the rest of the game, most of which was spent manfully defending as the hosts probed around our penalty area.
Well disciplined and desperate to go home with something to show for our efforts in a wet and windy Wales, the next half hour or so was a relative white-knuckle ride for any impassioned observer. Whilst we did push our luck at times, the sound of the final whistle was incredibly sweet, having endured such a wretched run of form since mid-December.
We now go into next weekend’s game at home to Watford with a tiny amount of momentum, which each and every player will be hugely grateful for. Once again, we’ve got Scott Dann to thank.
Enjoy the goal, as well as the sound of audible relief from the away end as soon as it hits the back of the net.