Having been given a week off from the stresses and strains of Premier League competition thanks to Tottenham’s participation in the FA Cup last weekend, Crystal Palace will welcome Watford to Selhurst Park tomorrow afternoon with an extra spring in their step.
Prior to our last home game against Middlesbrough, fans were encouraged to get into the stadium at 2:30 in a bid to build the atmosphere whilst the players conducted their warm-up; it was a tactic that worked perfectly, prompting a display that brought a first-half goal from Patrick van Aanholt and a stoic display in the second period, which resulted in a a huge 1-0 victory.
Buoyed by their efforts against Boro, Palace’s players put in an another 90 minutes of pure graft the following Saturday away at West Brom, coming away from The Hawthorns with a well deserved 2-0 win, courtesy of second half strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, both of whom were outstanding on the day.
After dropping into the bottom three a few weeks ago, our two most recent results have lifted us out of immediate danger once more, provoking the most vocal sections of Palace’s fan-base to put plans in place for a similar show of support ahead of our clash with the Hornets. It may seem slightly superficial to some but having seen numerous positive comments from players, coaches and the chairman Steve Parish in the immediate aftermath of the Boro game, it would be a tad foolish not to try and reproduce the same level of noise in the pursuit of three equally precious points.
The statement attached above from the Holmesdale Fanatics does not have any hidden meanings, it’s not a dig at the state of modern football or another club, it’s simply been designed to unite the supporters behind the players at a time when they desperately need our support. I think that’s a cause we can all buy into.
Up the Palace!