After a few weeks of obvious teething problems under the tutelage of Sam Allardyce, Crystal Palace’s players appear to be buying into the big man’s methods, with the feature attached below delving into exactly what changed over the weekend.
Whilst Aitor Karanka’s players didn’t exactly provide the sternest examination of our top flight credentials to date, they have become known as a hard working and well-drilled unit, who are more than capable of frustrating their opponents when the mood takes them. It should then act as a boost to our confidence to note that we have taken all six points from them this term, having secured a 2-1 triumph at The Riverside during the early stages of this campaign.
Any hint of complancency over the symbolic importance of our latest win must be stamped out immediately, given the ill-advised sense of relief many of us indulged in after beating Bournemouth a few weeks back. Indeed, the looming presence of a trip to West Brom this weekend will have focussed the minds of our players and supporters alike, thanks to the eye-opening form of the Baggies under the iron rule of Tony Pulis in recent months.
Talk of turned corners and crises being averted is all far too premature. In simplistic terms, we now have to approach each and every game with the cliched mindset of preparing for a Cup Final. Yes, we may only be in the bottom three on goal difference as things stand but with a final run in that is utterly terrifying to look at on paper, we must go into games against the likes of West Brom with a never say die attitude from the moment the first whistle sounds.
The above feature does a fantastic job of analysing the drip-fed changes that are taking place under Big Sam’s management; we can only hope that the messages he is putting across are set to stay in the minds of our players for the rest of this season at the very least.
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