Big Sam Discolses Number Of Clean Sheets Palace Need To Survive The Drop

0 Posted by - January 9, 2017 - News

Having stopped the opposition from scoring for the first time under his stewardship against Bolton last weekend, the gaffer has set a target for the number of clean sheets we’ll need to survive the Premier League relegation battle. 

This piece sees Sam disclose the number of clean sheets we’ll need to survive the drop. It’s a tall order, that’s for sure. 

After the care-free nature of our play under Alan Pardew it’s no secret that Steve Parish and co. turned to Allardyce as a consequence of his defensive strengths; hoping that the former England man could steady the ship and restore some grit to our play. Until now, those characteristics haven’t been evident but if our trip to The Macron Stadium proved anything, it’s that there are some green shoots of recovery from a defensive perspective. 

Of course, a clean sheet against League One opposition must not be looked upon as anything other than a stepping stone but if the team are able to replicate their defensive display when squaring off against West Ham this weekend, the entire Palace fan-base are likely to feel a great deal more positive about our chances of survival between now and May, given the momentum it will generate. 

The interview attached above also sees Allardyce hint at the positions he’ll be looking to strengthen over the course of the January transfer window in indirect fashion, bemoaning the lack of depth he’s been left with in certain departments ahead of last Saturday’s FA Cup clash. Far from berating him for making excuses, I’m inclined to agree, it’s a tad pathetic to see how thin on the ground we are in certain positions after a summer of decent spending. 

Goals are obviously now a concern too having scored just twice in the four games Allardyce has taken charge of but with Remy on the road to a full recovery and Benteke’s injury apparently not as bad as first feared we should eventually be on solid ground in that regard. 

You can’t help feeling as though the new boss is fighting new fires with every day that passes of late. 

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  • Richard C January 9, 2017 - 8:44 am Reply

    Only problem is, if all the games between now and the end of the season are both clean sheets and draws, then that won’t be enough to keep us up!

    I actually prefer the score one more goal than the opposition philosophy, although as you allude to our lack of scoring during the last few games worries me more than anything.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 9, 2017 - 12:55 pm Reply

    I think Speroni should keep his place. He made some really good saves and bar Remy was probably our best player.

    Hennessey has hardly been great and, despite the height difference, Jules is probably slightly better on crosses.

    Chungy did ok too but other than that i think we can now say with absolute certainty that Mutch & Fryers cannot even cut it against L1 opposition.

  • Gordon January 9, 2017 - 3:09 pm Reply

    I think he’s right with getting our defence solid, saying we will score one more goal than you is just asking for trouble and is never going to work. You’ve got too build from the back, start getting clean sheets and the confidence will come and so will the goals. Letting in 3,4,5 goals a game we will not survive. He’s got a big job to do but I think he’s the man to it.

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