According to a recent article featured in the Daily Express, Crystal Palace have been one of the dirtiest sides in the Premier League so far this season.
After seeing the team’s form fall away in the six weeks or so since Christmas, it should perhaps come as little surprise to see Alan Pardew’s players at the wrong end of the table in this recent survey, as we search desperately for some sense of salvation off the back of almost two months without a Premier League victory.
Whilst some may frown at the realisation that our boys are up their with the dirtiest in the division, I would suggest that in many ways, it’s better than the alternative, given the obvious sense of battling spirit that runs throughout the club as a direct result. Were we to be on this wretched run, only to discover that we had committed one of the lowest overall totals in this category, questions would rightly be raised over whether the group had the collective stomach for the job.
The overall table makes for interesting viewing, given the differing totals attached to each club; in fact, a quick glance through it could go some way towards realigning your perceptions of a number of our Premier League counterparts. I for one didn’t expect Bournemouth, West Ham, West Brom or Tottenham to be anywhere near their actual position in the rankings.
Should we get all three points against Watford this weekend, the number of fouls we commit won’t matter to me in the slightest.