The fourth and final episode of NBC’s “Behind The Badge” documentary series focusing on Crystal Palace FC aired in the US over the weekend, and is now available for Palace fans to watch via the link attached below.
This final episode of the NBC documentary series is fantastic, especially the team talk that Pardew gives just before kick-off against Spurs. As supporters, there is nothing better than hearing something that is usually kept completely private by the club.
Having been present for the back to back league defeats away to Aston Villa and Manchester City, the cameras now centre on the build-up to our recent home game against Maurcio Pochettino’s title chasing Tottenham Hotspur, a game within which, Palace’s players showed a genuine level of fight.
The first section features some analysis of Wayne Hennessey, who had been in the spotlight after two costly errors in previous games only a few days before. Whilst goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has his say on Wayne’s struggles, it is the insight from central defender Damien Delaney that hits home the hardest. The man is a natural born leader, as soon as he begins to talk, you can’t help but listen.
After a short chat with Joel Ward, we see a truly heartwarming segment with Bakary Sako, Julian Speroni, Chung-Yong Lee and John Salako, all of whom took the chance to go and spend some time with the kids at the Children’s Trust. I defy you to watch it without a smile on your face.
Following a short section in which Delaney discusses his style of leadership when captaining the side, we see Pardew putting the players through their paces in training, with specific attention paid to the attacking element of our game. Watch out for an amusing comment made towards Wilfried Zaha from the gaffer.
Next is absolutely fantastic insight into Alan Pardew’s management, with NBC allowed to eavesdrop on his team talk in the final moments before the Spurs game, lasting a fair few minutes, I cannot stress how lucky we are as fans to be able to hear something which would otherwise have been kept under wraps forever more. I’m not aware of any other Premier League club having ever allowed it.
The rest of the programme centres around the game itself which, despite the result is well worth watching from a Palace fan’s perspective.
Of all four episodes, this one is without doubt the best that the series produced. You’ll enjoy every minute of it, I promise you.