Crystal Palace fans have suffered away day heartache far too often in the last few months but on Tuesday evening, those who had travelled to Bournemouth were given a huge reward for their efforts with three massive points.
Whilst we must all be careful not to place too much importance on a win against an out of form Bournemouth side, it’s worth noting that we hadn’t kept an away Premier League clean sheet in 13 months prior to last night’s 2-0 triumph; a fact that is cause for celebration by itself.
In isolation, our inability to stop the opposition from scoring throughout 2016 made the outpouring of joy following Benteke’s header all the more raucous. Whilst it was an aesthetically pleasing goal in front of the travelling Palace faithful, it also ensured that we would be making our way back to SE25 with all three points whatever happened. In those circumstances, both players and fans can be excused for losing track of their senses.
A lot of talk has centred around a lack of passion being shown by our players since this season began but last night, it felt like watching a Palace side from two years ago, full of endeavour and desire, defending and attacking as one rather than eleven individuals. One swallow may not make a summer but if you ever needed hard evidence of Big Sam’s methods working, last night’s performance provided the perfect case study.
Seeing supporters and players embracing at the front of the away section down in Dorset was a thing of sheer beauty. It’s been far too long since we were treated to such a sight.
Let’s hope for a repeat performance in front of the Holmesdale this weekend.