Jason Puncheon’s emotional celebration in the immediate aftermath of his winner against Norwich will live long in the memory of most Palace fans, especially now that a particular snap of the Eagles midfielder has gone viral thanks to the wonders of Photoshop.
Having sprinted towards the corner of the field before collapsing to the turf, Puncheon was mobbed by his joyous teammates, before letting a tear or two leave his eyes; such was the magnitude of the moment after going 27 games without finding the back of the net this season.
There are a wealth of photos which caught Puncheon in full flow, but one in particular, showing the native South Londoner surrounded by his fellow players has sparked a trend across social media, thanks to the wide array of emotions plastered across their faces.
It’s rare to see a moment of such raw emotion pouring out of players and supporters alike, but with our clash against the Canaries fulfilling all the criteria of a relegation six-pointer, it should come as no surprise to have seen Puncheon looking a little overwhelmed by the curling strike he’d just powered into the back of the net.
We are now nearly 48 hours on from the magical strike, but it still feels every bit as significant as it did when it first occurred. Thanks in no small part to Sunderland and Newcastle tasting defeat this weekend, Palace fans can now start to look towards the 2016/17 season with realistic hopes of a fourth consecutive season in the Premier League, which after nearly four months without a win, is an extremely sweet sensation.
Puncheon’s goal was a special moment, and now, thanks to the comedic genius of the internet, it will live on in the minds of casual football fans for a completely different reason too.