Whilst Crystal Palace fans are preparing themselves for this afternoon’s trip to Upton Park with a sense of genuine trepidation, The Guardian’s Sachin Nakari has penned a masterful analysis of where it’s all gone wrong for us post-Christmas.
So dramatic has been our slide down the Premier League table, that many supporters are at something of a loss to fully unpick the reasons for our collapse; something that Sachin, as a total outsider to the struggles we’ve all endured, has done with impressive ease.
It’s often difficult for truly passionate football fans to separate their heart from their head in an attempt to look for answers over their chosen side’s failings. Blinded by a twisted sense of loyalty and manic frustration in equal measure, the urge to bang your head against a brick wall repeatedly often feels like a necessary release, but when approached with a calm head, Nakari’s views on Palace’s post-Christmas implosion make a huge amount of sense.
There is no sense of enjoyment conveyed within the piece in question, such is the grave nature of the subject matter under discussion. Instead, the article acts as a figurative PowerPoint presentation as to where and how mistakes were made by Alan Pardew in the immediate aftermath of almost an exact calendar year of scintillating results for the Eagles under his guidance.
We as supporters may sometimes struggle to see the wood for the trees when in the midst of a run of defeats, but it’s bordering on impossible to quibble with any of the conclusions that are reached as to our failings in the Premier League of late.
With our clash against Slaven Bilic’s Irons just a few hours away, you could be forgiven for not feeling too confident over the outcome as a Palace fan. We can only hope that both Pardew and the club’s directors have read the article attached above and are ready to take its constructive but highly pertinent criticism seriously. It’s absolutely spot on.