The vast majority of Crystal Palace fans are still reeling from the embarrassment of Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at home to Sunderland, making the below feature from The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield a difficult but ultimately essential read.
Far too often in recent months, Palace fans have been forced to endure the ramblings of journalists and televised talking heads who know almost nothing about our football club; wittering on with mock authority having paid no attention to the real stories that lurk just below the surface. Thankfully, Dominic Fifield is the polar opposite of such figures, using his genuine emotional attachment to the club to delve into details that supporters really are keen to discover; as shown perfectly in the feature attached above.
Whilst his personal distress at Palace’s recent plight is obvious to those who know him, he doesn’t allow emotional anguish impact his words in a negative manner, preferring to draw on the horrors of Saturday afternoon to add further colour to a piece which provides a full and brutally honest breakdown of the time that has since passed.
As part of the disenchanted fan-base that were provoked into bellowing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” towards Palace’s players in the moments immediately before half-time last weekend, Fifield does a masterful job of searching for solutions in Big Sam’s battle to survive the drop, analysing his Sunderland heroics and Palace’s current squad to build a cohesive picture of the plan that the coaching staff are implementing as we speak.
At times like this, supporters need all the comfort they can get. Thankfully, as a consequence of Dominic Fifield’s lofty status within The Guardian’s sportswriting team, we have a genuine ally to fight our corner from within the national press bubble.
Set aside five minutes of your day and read his analysis of the recent troubles in SE25; I personally guarantee you won’t be disappointed.