If you couldn’t face watching Match Of The Day after yesterday’s collapse (don’t worry, I couldn’t either) the link below shows all four of Palace’s goals in one quick video.
Ever since his arrival in SE25, Alan Pardew has been keen to preach about the importance of scoring goals freely, admitting on more than one occasion that “clean sheets have never been on his priorities” as a manager. This season has seen that philosophy working at full speed, but with the defence looking as shambolic as I can ever remember, our long-term place in the Premier League now looks to be under serious threat.
Whilst we’ve managed to bag ourselves a mightily impressive 21 goals so far this term, the fifth most of any Premier League side and the highest tally outside of the Champions League places, the 26 we’ve conceded is the second most of any top flight outfit, only bettered (or worsened depending on your perspective) by Hull City. With an average of two goals finding their way into the Palace net every week, it’s unsurprising to see the general tide of opinion turning so dramatically on Pardew.
After genuinely spirited displays against Manchester City and Liverpool in recent weeks, I and many others were prepared to see how we got on in Wales yesterday before calling for the manager’s head but after seeing us concede five times to the league’s worst team, twice throwing away a lead in the process, his time is up for me.
Our potency in the final third is there for all to see in the video above, now we need a man who is both willing and capable of improving our defensive play.