The new Premier League season is now just four days away, so to get us all in the mood for it, we thought it made sense to take a look back at the single greatest Selhurst moment from our last campaign.
It’s easy to forget just how bad a slump Alan Pardew’s players were in when Alex Neill and his Canaries paid a visit to Selhurst Park last season, but for the sake of clarity, we should remind you of the run of results which had seen us slip from fifth in December, to a position where we were all having serious worries about our chances of surviving in the top flight by the end of May.
With that in mind, those who were inside the stadium to witness Jason Puncheon’s beautifully flighted curling winner in front of the Holmesdale Road end will instantly feel a shiver shoot down their spine at the very mention of it, provoking thoughts of the rapturous scenes that greeted the ball sailing into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Puncheon’s emotional sprint towards the section of the ground which houses the most vocal part of Palace’s home support only served to imprint the beauty of those precious few seconds further into the collective memory of the club’s fan-base, watching on as the boyhood Palace fan was mobbed by his delerious teammates, who, after such a long run of frustrating results both at home and away, could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The commentary which accompanies the above video is enough by itself to force a stupidly sentimental smile to spread across your face, with the words used perfectly summing up the boisterous sense of relief that washed over Selhurst Park in the seconds after Puncheon gave us that priceless lead over the Championship-bound Norfolk outfit.
There’s nothing quite like seeing the Holmesdale Road end erupt after a crucial goal has been scored in front of it; as you can see here, the strike from the Croydon boy got a reaction that proved to be almost as good as anything which had come before it.