Alan Pardew looked to be a truly relieved man in the aftermath of Palace’s victory over Southampton yesterday, even though he admitted to expects to be sacked eventually.
Following a run of six straight defeats, the boss’ comments to the press on Friday smacked of a man who was feeling the pressure from above, even though he would never admit it publicly. As always, he was keen to reference his previous experience when dealing with poor runs whilst attempting to downplay the importance of yesterday’s game but in truth, both he and his players knew that three points were the minimum requirement.
We now face a gap of six days before squaring off against Hull in what is another massive game for Pardew and Palace respectively. The man himself was quick to admit that next weekend’s game was perhaps even more important than yesterday’s in terms of the momentum it could generate for us moving forward but having known he was on the verge of receiving his marching orders had things not gone to plan against Claude Puel’s men, it’s no surprise he appeared a tad combative afterwards.
There are still numerous question marks about the specific issues which led us to lose six consecutive Premier League games, alongside similar queries over the delay in making the changes that brought about a change in fortunes against Southampton but for now, I don’t think any Crystal Palace fan can be blamed for basking in the glow of a long overdue victory.
Having kept our first clean sheet in 18 games, Pardew’s job appears to be safe for the immediate future but as he knows all too well, you’re only as good as your last result in the cut throat environment of the top flight.
We move on.