Despite suffering a miserable defeat under the floodlights at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night, Crystal Palace were denied two stonewall penalties.
Whilst no Eagles supporter would claim that we deserved anything from the game, the obvious nature of both penalty shouts does add salt to the wound somewhat. Of course we weren’t good enough on the night but in the midst of such a wretched run of form, it feels inevitable that decisions such as this will continue to go against us.
Understandably, they were a topic of conversation for Sam Allardyce in his post-match press conference but wisely, he chose not to make too big a deal out of either call given the rather pathetic nature of the team’s play for vast swathes of the 90 minutes being discussed. Whilst he had every right to be peeved, he’s been in the game long enough to know that comments which focus solely on refereeing errors never go down well following such a limp display.
Waking up this morning it’s difficult to know where we go between now and May. Obviously there is now a small break for the first-team with an FA Cup tie away at Bolton the next challenge to navigate but for anyone in attendance last night, it became painfully obvious that our problems are far more deep rooted than many had previously feared.
Obviously, Big Sam will get to work on the defence properly over the next week or so but after surrendering yet another home point in the dying stages, you can’t blame our supporters for worrying openly about our Premier League status moving forward.
Yes, both the above penalty claim and the one linked just below were blatant but in truth their successful conversion would have papered over some very large cracks. We’ve got a lot of work to do.