Jason Puncheon has spoken about the experience of sitting amongst 5,000 Palace fans at White Hart Lane last weekend, admitting that he loved every second of it.
The Eagles midfielder hadn’t sat in the stands to watch a game since the age of 10 or 11, but felt moved to when his auntie invited him to go along with her to North London on Sunday.
His comments in the interview above act as an interesting insight into the mind of a professional footballer, who despite playing in front of thousands of people every week, are completely disconnected from the visceral rush of adrenalin that you get as a supporter when sat with thousands of others to watch the team away from home.
Punch was always likely to be one of the most open-minded characters when it came to an opportunity such as this, but it’s great to hear he enjoyed his day in the stands to such an extent. Surprisingly, he admits to feeling a bit nervous over one or two aspects of it all, but I’m sure, should he make a regular habit of attending games, he’ll get fully into the swing of it soon enough.
His comments regarding the moment Martin Kelly put us in front are a particular highlight, as he describes it just as a child might when first accompanying their dad to a game, admitting to the surprising loss of control it provoked within him when in the middle of a mass of celebrating fans.
His wide-eyed enthusiasm is almost bound to make you smile. Enjoy.