In a stunning show of solidarity with Crystal Palace supporters, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha made their way down to the Holmesdale pub after our victory over Hull to talk with the fans.
Despite the nerves that surrounded yesterday’s game, our boys delivered on an epic scale, helped hugely by Wilfried Zaha who opened the scoring in just the third minute of the match. It was typical of the academy graduate who always steps up for us when the pressure is really on; seemingly thriving under the weight of expectation placed upon his shoulders. The bond he has with the fan-base was typified by his arrival alongside Puncheon at the pub. Yes, talk of a new six-figure weekly contract will rumble on this summer but he has the club in his heart and seemingly always will.
Having arrived to adulation from all sides of the pub, (including a rendition of “Wilfried’s on fire, your defence is terrified!” a video of which is attached at the bottom of the page) the captain grabbed hold of the microphone before addressing the supporters with a message that got straight to the heart of what it truly means to play for Crystal Palace FC.
As a collective entity, we have always thrived on the underdog spirit and during these last few months, that has been felt as much as ever. Whether you look towards the victories against West Brom, Chelsea or Arsenal, our run of form since Sam Allardyce arrived has shown that the players have rediscovered the bond that many had feared was lost in the latter stages of Alan Pardew’s reign in the Selhurst Park dugout.
There may be vast sums of money sloshing around in the Premier League these but moments like yesterday act as the perfect reminder that Palace’s players are still fully embedded within their local community.