Yesterday’s game may have ended in a 4-0 victory for Crystal Palace but until Luka Milivojevic slotted home the third goal of the afternoon from the penalty spot the majority of our home supporters were feeling a tad worried about a potential Hull comeback.
Having been given a lead in just the third minute of the game by everyone’s favourite academy graduate Wilfried Zaha, Palace made it 2-0 in the latter stages of the first half when Christian Benteke leaped highest to head home a Puncheon corner from close-range. You would think that a two goal advantage would be more than enough to extinguish any nerves amongst the home faithful but as the second half wore on, a nagging sense of doubt still hung in the air.
Luckily, January arrival Jeffrey Schlupp decided to put an end to any uncertainty over the result with 10 minutes remaining, rising majestically to head a ball down to the aforementioned Benteke before embarking on a pitch long sprint and winning a penalty when being hauled down by Hull captain Michael Dawson in a last-ditch attempt to keep the visitors within touching distance of a late comeback.
Just as we had seen against Arsenal at Selhurst Park a few weeks ago, Luka Milivojevic grabbed the ball before taking a composed run up and slotting the ball into the bottom right-hand corner with astounding coolness. His celebration was wild but if anything, it’s captain Jason Puncheon who you have to keep an eye on in the seconds after the ball nestles in the back of the net.
Clearly desperate to see the game put to bed, he stands with his back facing the goal, almost certainly watching what’s happening on the screen that sits above the Whitehorse Lane end. His reaction in the immediate moments after he realises the penalty has been converted is a joy to behold and demonstrates (as if anyone thought otherwise) that his love for the football club runs incredibly deep within his soul.
It’s a magical video, enjoy it.