The game may well have ended in defeat, but Connor Wickham’s second half brace against West Brom at least gave Palace fans some reason to be cheerful on Saturday evening.
After a dismal opening 45 minutes, within which Alan Pardew’s men found themselves three goals down, Wickham pulled a goal back just two minutes into the second period, before doubling his tally for the day with an absolutely incredible strike just a few minutes later.
The Ipswich academy graduate has always been forced to put up with his fair share of criticism from those across the British footballing landscape, many of whom feel that he simply doesn’t core enough goals to be looked upon as a striker worthy of a starting role in the Premier League, but as his performance on Saturday proved, he has every ounce of the potential needed to be a huge success in the top flight.
His second goal of the evening was technically as good as you’ll see, with a thunderous left footed volley flying across the face of goal and into the very top corner of Ben Foster’s net. Luckily for us, someone happened to film the whole thing from the away end in super slow motion, with the resulting video clip, which is attached above, making for extremely impressive viewing for both Palace and neutrals alike.
With Connor set to retain a starting place against his old side at the Stadium Of Light tonight, we can only hope that he produces a goal or two of similar jaw dropping brilliance to secure a positive result for the Eagles. He’s bound to be feeling more confident than ever before after bagging a goal of such genuine quality in his last outing.