Having been forced to take the trip up to Tyneside without the help of Wilfried Zaha, Alan Pardew admitted yesterday that Scott Dann probably shouldn’t have played either.
The central defender was checked over by Mike Dean prior to the beginning of the second half after vomiting on the pitch, Dann assured both the referee and the club’s medical staff that he was ok to continue for the remainder of the game.
It is a testament to both his quality and professionalism that Scott managed to complete the 90 minutes without allowing his performance levels to drop, indeed, it was his aerial challenge that saw Newcastle concede a penalty for handball midway through the second period, but upon reflection after the game, Pardew suggested to the media that he had arguably made an error of judgment in putting him into the side.
The cynics amongst our fan-base will no doubt draw on Lee Chung-Yong’s comments regarding the favouritism Pardew shows towards certain squad members of our squad when analysing the decision to put a sickly player into our starting XI, but even the most sceptical of Palace fans would accept that Scott Dann’s presence in the side is often an absolutely pivotal factor in our potential success each week.
Dann has always shown an admirable desire to play in spite of injuries and niggles and yesterday, unsurprisingly proved to be no exception. Hopefully, he’ll be back to 100% fitness alongside Wilfried Zaha by the time we welcome Stoke City to Selhurst Park on Saturday, helping us to secure mathematical safety in front of an expectant home crowd.