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.
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.